Brendon Watson, MD-PhD

  • Physician-scientist with an interest in both basic neuroscience and translational neuroscience
  • PhD with Dr. Rafael Yuste studying cortical microcircuit dynamics using calcium imaging (Columbia University)
  • Postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. György Buzsaki studying cortical circuits in sleep and wake cycles of freely behaving animals using silicon probes (New York University)
  • Practicing general psychiatrist at University of Michigan (website). MD from Columbia University. Psychiatry residency at Cornell University Medical Center / New York Presbyterian Hospital
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Paul Fitzgerald, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University, studied somatosensory cortex with the late Dr. Steven Hsiao
  • Postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health studying fear circuitry with Dr. Andrew Holmes
  • Postdoctoral fellowship at Texas A&M University studying interactions of fear circuitry with neuromodulatory systems with Dr. Stephen Maren.
  • Interest in both basic and translational neuroscience
  • Expertise in rodent brain electrophysiology, behavior and limbic system function
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Jeremiah Hartner, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

  • PhD in Neuroscience from Tulane University with Dr. Laura Schrader: studied the effects of stress hormones on cell circuitry in the entorhinal cortex using patch clamp electrophysiology.
  • Expertise in rodent behavior, electrophysiology, entorhinal anatomy and entorhinal-hippocampal connectivity

Tangyu Liu, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

  • PhD in Biophysics, The Ohio State University, 2016 with Dr. Janet Best: Decoding and incorporating estrogen and pulsatile GnRH signals into a mathematical model of hypothalamus-pituitary-ovary system.
  • Expertise in mathematical modeling, analytical coding, quantitative approaches
  • MS in Electrophysics, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  • BS in Electrophysics, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Lezio Soares Bueno-Júnior, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Biologist, MSc in Psychobiology, and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, with Drs. Jose Lino O. Bueno, Rodrigo N. Romcy-Pereira, and Joao Pereira Leite.
  • Postdoc with Drs. Bita Moghaddam (University of Pittsburgh) and Joao Pereira Leite (University of Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto).
  • Background (rodent studies): thalamic- and hippocampal-prefrontal interactions, in vivo synaptic plasticity, nicotine sensitization, cholinergic modulation, psychiatric comorbidities in epilepsy, conditional discrimination, interval timing.
  • Experienced in teaching, music, and science awareness. Interested in the collaboration with computational neuroscientists.
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Maxwell Ruckstuhl - Graduate Student

  • BS in Physiology & Neuroscience from UCSD
  • Additional studies in Cognitive Science and Philosophy
  • Studied gene expression in the Sejnowski lab at the Salk Institute

Pho Hale - Technician

  • BS in Computer Engineering with Honors from University of Kansas
  • Additional Studies in neuroscience and graduate-level physics
  • Developed scientific software at the University of Arizona
  • Planning to apply to the Neuroscience PhD programs in Fall 2019.

Josh Ghimire - Masters Student - Physiology

Wenjia Cao - Masters Student - Bioinformatics

Zuha Yousuf - Masters Student - Biomedical Engineering

Ridge Weston - Undergraduate Researcher

  • University of Michigan class of 2022
  • Pre-medical student working towards a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience
  • Background in studying the effects of E-Cigarettes on adults

Abheek Mukherjee - Undergraduate Researcher

  • University of Michigan Class of 2021
  • Pre-medical student working towards a B.S. in Neuroscience (BCN).
  • Background in studying mitochondrial movements in a LRRK2 mouse model


Mingxin Ding - Technician

  • Masters in Biology from New York University
  • Now at the Brandeis University PhD program in Neuroscience

Jessica Yen - Undergraduate Researcher

  • Undergraduate student at the University of Michigan Class of 2021

Andrew Polis - Undergraduate Researcher

  • University of Michigan Class of 2020
  • Pre-Medicine working towards a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience (BCN).