Recent Thesis Defenses

May 4, 2016
Oxytocin in the young and adult mouse brain: Receptors and function 
Mariela Mitre
Advisor: Moses Chao, PhD and Robert Froemke, PhD

April 19, 2016
The Role of Synaptic Inhibition in the Learning and Execution of a Premotor Neural Sequence 
Georg Kosche
Advisor: Michael Long, PhD

March 11, 2016
Anatomy of a forebrain circuit enabling zebra finch song production 
Sam Benezra
Advisor: Michael Long, PhD

March 10, 2016
Signaling to the Nucleus in Excitatory and Inhibitory Neurons 
Samuel Cohen
Advisor: Richard Tsien, DPhil

January 7, 2016
Genetic Mechanisms Required for the Development of the CO2 Chemosensory Neurons of C. elegans 
Julia Brandt
Advisor: Niels Ringstad, PhD

December 12, 2015
The Role of Neuronal Activity in the Differentiation and Integration of Interneurons Within Nascent Cortical Circuits 
Rashi Priya
Advisor: Gordon Fishell, PhD

November 23, 2015
The Neurobehavioral Development of Threat and Safety 
Rosemarie Perry
Advisor: Regina Sullivan, PhD

October 8, 2015
Synaptic Plasticity and Excitatory-Inhibitory Balance in the Auditory Cortex
James D'Amour
Advisor: Robert Froemke, PhD

September 18, 2015
Characterization of a cortical locus for vocal motor sequences in Alston's singing mouse (Scotinomys teguina)
Daniel Okobi
Advisor: Michael Long, PhD

September 15, 2015
Synaptic organization and function in the prefrontal cortex
Joseph Marlin
Advisor: Adam Carter, PhD

July 31, 2015
Modulation of NMDA Receptor and Short-Term Plasticity in Hippocampus Mediated by Intrinsic Extracellular pH Changes
Huei-Ying Chen
Advisor: Mitchell Chesler, MD, PhD

May 5, 2015
Pbx genes orchestrate motor neuron specification, connectivity, and positioning
Oliva Hanley
Advisor: Jeremy Dasen, PhD

April 3, 2015
Branch-specific Dendritic Ca2+ Spikes Induce Persistent Synaptic Plasticity
Joseph Cichon
Advisors:Wenbiao Gan, PhD

April 3, 2015
Oxytocin Enables Maternal Behavior by Balancing Cortical Inhibition
Bianca Jones Marlin
Advisor:Robert Froemke, PhD

March 23, 2015
Mechanisms Supporting the Maturation and Functional Integration of Interneurons into the Developing Neocortex
Sebnem Tuncdemir
Advisor: Gordon Fishell, PhD

January 29, 2015
Hilar Granule Cells in Normal Mice and Factors That Can Influence Them
Keria Bermudez-Hernandez
Advisor: Helen Scharfman, PhD

December 12, 2014
Early Life Trauma and Amygdala Serotonin (5-HT)
Millie Rincón Cortés
Advisor: Regina Sullivan, PhD

September 18, 2014
Behavioral Regulation by AMPA Receptor-Associated Proteins
Charlotte Wincott
Advisors: Edward Ziff, PhD and Charles Hoeffer, PhD

August 26, 2014
Perisaccadic Modulation of Neuronal Dynamics and Excitability during Active Vision in Macaque V1
Annamaria Barczak
Advisors: Daniel Javitt, PhD and Charles Schroeder, PhD

June 10, 2014
Abnormal Dynamics of Dendritic Spines and Filopodia in Mouse Models of Neurodevelopmental Disease
Frank Gooden
Advisor: Wen-Biao Gan, PhD

May 2, 2014
The Role of de novo Protein Synthesis in Shaping the Response of the Brain to Antipsychotics and BDNF
Heather Bowling
Advisors: Moses Chao, PhD and Eric Klann, PhD

October 18, 2013
Diet and Dopamine: Novel Role of Insulin in Reward Signaling
Melissa Stouffer
Advisors: Margaret Rice, PhD and Kenneth Carr, PhD

August 26, 2013
Auditory Gamma (40 Hz) Steady-state Responses in Schizophrenia
Erin Oakman
Advisor: Daniel Javitt, MD, PhD

August 20, 2013
Multisensory Stochastic Motor Control System Based on Bio-inspired Non-Linear Properties of the Inferior Olive Neurons
Alex Porras
Advisor: Rodolfo Llinas, MD, PhD

July 23, 2013
Determining the Role of Microglia in Central Nervous System Function and Dysfunction
Christopher Parkhurst
Advisors: Wenbiao Gan, PhD and Juan Lafaille, PhD

April 23, 2013
A Cerebellar-Induced, Right Fronto-Temporal Thalamocortical Dysrhythmia Results in Atypical Neuromagnetic Responses to Complex Visual Stimuli in Autism
William M. Findley
Advisor: Rodolfo Llinas, MD, PhD

December 14, 2012
Quantitative Characterization of Brain Microstructure and Iron Homeostasis in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder from Childhood through Adolescence
Vitria Adisetiyo
Advisor: Joseph A. Helpern, PhD

November 30, 2012
Polycomb Repressive Complex 1 Activities Determine the Columnar Organization of Motor Neurons
Molly Golden
Advisor: Jeremy Dasen, PhD

August 27, 2012
Cognitive Impairment in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Diffusional Kurtosis and Perfusion Imaging Study
Elan J. Grossman
Advisors: Robert I. Grossman, MD, Qun Chen, PhD, and Matilde Inglese, MD, PhD

June 6, 2012
Compartmentalized PI3-K Signaling in the Myelinating Schwann Cell
Bradley A. Heller
Advisor: James L. Salzer, MD, PhD

May 31, 2012
Synaptic Compensation in the cGKII Knockout through an Altered Kinase-phosphatase Balance
Roseann F. Titcombe
Advisor: Edward B. Ziff, PhD

May 21, 2012
Unconventional Neural Interfaces: Intravascular CNS Probe and Cochlear Electrochemical Endoscope Guided Prosthesis
Hirobumi Watanabe
Advisor: Rodolfo R. Llinas, MD, PhD

February 17, 2012
Role of MEK/ERK1/2, PI3K/Akt, PLCg Activation in Proliferation and Neuronal Differentiation in Adult Rat Spinal Cord Neural Stem/Progenitor Cell Culture
Wai Si Chan
Advisors: Esperanza Recio-Pinto, Ph.D. and Thomas J.J. Blanck, MD, PhD

September 16, 2011
Molecular Components of the A-type Potassium Channels Control Channel Function, Distribution and Behavior
Jon Maffie
Advisor: Bernardo Rudy, MD, PhD

September 8, 2011
Targeting the Accumulation of Abnormal Protein Conformers as a Therapeutic Approach to Prion and Alzheimer's Diseases
Erika Y. Chung
Advisor: Thomas Wisniewski, MD

August 8, 2011
Effects of Gonadal Steroids on Hippocampal Sharp Wave Frequency in Male and Female Rats
Patrice S. Pearce
Advisor: Helen E Scharfman, PhD