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 […]

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 […]

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 | 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 […]