Berkeley Neuroscience News | June 1, 2018

Two of our PhD students received a prestigious travel award

Maimon Rose and Tobias Schmid, both members of the Yartsev lab, received International Society of Neuroethology Heiligenberg Student Travel Awards. Heiligenberg Student Travel Awards are awarded annually to qualified students who wish to present work in the field of neuroethology at national and international scientific meetings.  The award is given in honor of Walter Heiligenberg, who was a distinguished neuroethologist, and […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 28th, 2018

Signs of resilience: PhD Program alum Beth Mormino images aging brains to identify predictors of Alzheimer’s Disease

“Everyone’s brain has its own individual differences, like a fingerprint.” Beth Mormino, PhD Program alum (entering class of 2005)   Beth Mormino imagines a future where a series of neuroimaging and genetic tests will be used to predict whether or not an aging individual is at risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease. This level of understanding […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 29th, 2018

Q&A with the 2018 Neuroscience PhD Program Graduates

Congratulations to our latest graduates! From left to right, starting on the top row: Timothy Day, Alexander Naka, Vladimir Senatorov, Keven Laboy-Juárez, Amy LeMessurier, Kimberly Long, Elena Ryapolova-Webb, Falk Lieder, Katelyn Arnemann, Wren Thomas, Elizabeth Lorenc. Not pictured: Anwar Nunez-Elizalde. Read the Q&A to learn their biggest discoveries, future plans, and words of advice. Katelyn […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 8th, 2018

Working side by side: PhD Program alum Ariel Rokem is a data scientist for academia

“Once we figure out how to collaborate, there are a lot of things we can do that we couldn’t do otherwise.” Ariel Rokem, PhD Program alum (entering class of 2005)   Ariel Rokem is a Data Scientist at the University of Washington eScience Institute, where he collaborates with researchers from diverse fields to develop and […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | April 13th, 2018

To die will be an awfully big adventure: PhD Program alum Peter Pan studies neuron aging

Chun-Liang (Peter) Pan wants to understand the genetic program of neuronal aging and how neurons interact with other cell types to coordinate responses to stress. He studies these questions by taking advantage of the powerful genetic tools and relatively short life span of our favorite worm, C. elegans. Pan is currently Associate Professor at the […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | April 5th, 2018

Congrats to our latest NSF Fellowship Awardees

Three Berkeley Neuroscience PhD Program students received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Please join us in expressing our congratulations! 2018 NSF Fellowship Awardees Hayley Bounds (entering class of 2017) Celia Ford (entering class of 2017) Kevin Yu (entering class of 2016, Theunissen Lab ) We would also like to congratulate Ellen Zippi (entering class of 2017) […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | March 13th, 2018

Lights on learning: Cortico-striatal feedback required to learn brain control of an external device

A fundamental question in neuroscience is “How does the brain learn?” Berkeley Neuroscience labs are addressing this question across scales, from changes in the proteins embedded in neuronal membranes to large scale hemodynamic responses in the human brain, and throughout the life span, from the earliest skills animals must learn after birth to the diminished […]

Neuroscientist Portrait Project: Tobias Schmid

The following is part of the Neuroscientist Portrait Project, a look at the lives of neuroscientists inside vs. outside of the lab with an emphasis on highlighting the stories of those who are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. Created by Christine Liu and sponsored by Berkeley Neuroscience. All photos by Reynaldo Cayetano Jr. The portrait below was originally published as […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 8th, 2018

The hidden link: Identifying cognitive processes that transform perception into action

Berkeley Neuroscience researchers are trying to understand how the brain uses incoming sensory information to decide how to act. Though linked to sensory inputs, which can be controlled, and behavioral outputs, which can be observed and measured, the cognitive processes of perception and decision making are internal and difficult to study. For example, the Wallis […]

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