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Akihiro Y

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at New York University


physics, systems neuroscience, microscopy, neural correlates of behavior


I am currently a Ph.D. student in New York University to study the neural correlates of behavior in small animals. In my current project, I am developing a new device called two-photon random-access microscope to study neural activity in a freely behaving animal. This involves electro-optics design and various computational modeling (of behavior, neural activity, and other physical phenomena).

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Build a biophysical model of a neuron

Build a biophysical computational model of a neural activity with Python or MATLAB (or Octave).

Coding skills

Python, MATLAB, Mathematica

Languages I know


Teaching experience

1) As a teaching assistant, I have taught 2 physics lab courses for STEM majors and 1 introductory physics course (history of physics; physics and astronomy in the renaissance) for non-science majors at New York University. 2) As a learning assistant at University of Colorado, I have taught an introductory calculus-based physics course for first and second year undergraduate students.



University of Colorado at Boulder
BS Bachelor of Science (2015)
New York University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
physics, systems neuroscience

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