Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 1st, 2018

The promise of stem cells: Regeneration in the adult nervous system

Injury to the brain or spinal cord is devastating. In these areas of the nervous system, the damage caused by trauma or stroke can only be partially recovered at best. In contrast, some neural tissues in the periphery can completely recover following injury, by regenerating the sensory neurons and other cell types that have been […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | January 25th, 2018

The sensory code: Shape and texture discrimination in the cortex

One major open question in neuroscience is “How is sensory experience encoded by neurons in the brain?” Despite decades of research on this topic, our understanding of sensory encoding is only now beginning to yield answers that apply to real world sensory experience. Berkeley Neuroscience labs are addressing this question across multiple scales, animal models, […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | December 5th, 2017

PhD Program alum Allyson Mackey studies how the brain changes during development and learning

Allyson Mackey wants to understand how the brain changes during development and learning, a question that has interested her since she was babysitting and working in a toy store in her hometown of Denver, Colorado. As an undergraduate at Stanford University, Mackey took on a neuroimaging project and was hooked. In 2007 she joined the […]

Neuroscientist Portrait Project: Krishan Aghi

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 | July 25th, 2017

Q&A with the 2017 Neuroscience PhD Program Graduates

Congratulations to our graduates! From left to right, starting on the top row: Shawn Marks, Joe Driscoll, Brian Isett, Chris Holdgraf, Yvonne Fonken, Anna Vlasits, Ryan Neely, and Sam Israel. Not pictured: Sam Harding-Forrester, Natalia Bilenko and Levi Gadye.  Read on to learn their reflections, future plans, and words of advice. Joseph Driscoll Fields and Kriegsfeld Labs Thesis Title: […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | June 17th, 2017

Recent PhD graduate Brian Isett studies how tactile textures and shapes are represented in the brain

  The building blocks of experience Brian Isett has long been interested in the big, difficult questions about perception. His drive to understand individual experience led him to study philosophy and write poetry, but that was not enough. He wanted answers. Rather than throwing up his hands, he rolled up his sleeves and started to […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | May 1st, 2017

Congrats to our Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors!

UC Berkeley Neuroscience PhD Program students Krishan Aghi (Isacoff lab) and Amanda Tose (Lammel lab) have won the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for their excellence in teaching undergraduates. Please join us in sending our congratulations to them, and the following recipients who are working in Neuroscience faculty labs through other PhD programs: Gilberto Garcia […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | March 17th, 2017

Congrats to our latest NSF Fellowship Awardees

Two Berkeley Neuroscience PhD Program students received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, and five received honorable mentions. Please join us in expressing our congratulations! 2017 NSF Fellowship Awardees Joe Aman (entering class of 2015, Feldman lab) Holly Gildea (entering class of 2016) Honorable Mention Jenna Adams (entering class of 2015, Jagust lab) Krishan Aghi (entering class of 2015, Isacoff […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 23rd, 2017

Good vibes: PhD Program alum Bradley Voytek talks neural oscillations and his path from PhD to Professor

Bradley Voytek (entering class of 2004) Bradley Voytek joined the Berkeley Neuroscience PhD Program in 2004 and completed his thesis work in Bob Knight’s lab, studying the relative contributions of prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia networks to working memory in humans, and the compensation that occurs following a unilateral lesion. Following his PhD studies, he […]

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