Berkeley Neuroscience News | March 5, 2019

PhD program alum Liberty Hamilton eavesdrops on how the human brain processes natural sounds

“Something we can really add to the field is being able to understand at a much higher level how sounds become meaningful words and concepts.” Liberty Hamilton, PhD program alum (entering class of 2008) Because natural sounds such as music and language are so fast and complex, it can be challenging to study how they […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | March 5, 2019

Letting the data speak for itself: PhD alum Alex Huth models language representation in the brain

As an Assistant Professor at UT Austin, PhD alum Alex Huth uses large sets of fMRI data to discover how language and meaning is represented in the brain.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | January 29, 2019

Making tech more user-friendly: PhD alum Chung-Hay Luk researches how people interact with technology

At HWNI, Chung-Hay Luk studied decision-making and created dresses with interactive electronics for fun. Now she combines her neuroscience and tech interests as a UX researcher at Google.

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 27, 2018

PhD program alum Emily Cooper returns to Berkeley as faculty, studying vision in the real world and applying it to virtual worlds

“In order to understand any perceptual system, such as the human visual system, you also have to have a deep understanding of the natural environments in which that system evolved to operate, and the tasks that the organism needs to perform.” Emily Cooper, PhD program alum (entering class of 2007)   Emily Cooper is not […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | September 7, 2018

Revealing your brain: PhD program alum Erica Warp develops brain wearables using her background as a neuroscientist, artist, and entrepreneur

“I think throwing fireballs with your mind in a game is cool, but taking care of the brain and helping the brain get stronger is what really motivates me.” Erica Warp, PhD program alum (entering class of 2006) As Vice President of Product at EMOTIV, Erica Warp is on the cutting edge of brain sensor […]

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 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 | February 15th, 2018

The stuff of friendship: PhD Program alum Annaliese Beery studies the neuroendocrinology of peer affiliation

Annaliese Beery (entering class of 2003) PhD Program alum Annaliese Beery is currently Associate Professor of Psychology at Smith College. Beery has an infectious enthusiasm for her research, which is broadly concerned with how environment and experience affect the brain to influence behavior. A major focus of her lab is a continuation of the work […]