Drosophila melanogaster brain and ventral nerve cord. Image by Gabriella Sterne, Scott Lab.

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Our PhD Program alumni have gone on to a variety of careers in academia and industry. Read what they have to say about their personal and professional paths in our Q&A-style alumni profiles.

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Alumni Directory

Below is the list of Berkeley Neuroscience PhD Program graduates with information about their current position. Click here to view a one-page summary of the current positions held by alumni. *Last updated January 2018.

Entering Class of 2015

Zeke Barger, 2015 – 2020
Undergraduate institution: University of Washington
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Dan lab
PhD thesis: “Medullary control of sleep”

Shariq Mobin, 2015 – 2019
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
Olshausen lab
PhD thesis: “Efficient coding of natural sound”

Entering Class of 2014

Charles Frye, 2014 – 2020
Undergraduate institution: University of Chicago
Berkeley Fellow
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Sommer lab
PhD thesis: “Extending Minimum Probability Flow to models with hidden variables”

Entering Class of 2013

Falk Lieder, 2013 – 2018
Undergraduate institution: University of Osnabruck, Germany
Berkeley Fellow
Griffiths lab
PhD thesis: “Beyond bounded rationality: reverse-engineering and enhancing human intelligence”
2018 – present: Faculty, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen (Germany)

Elena Ryapolova-Webb, 2013-2018
Undergraduate institution: New York University
Adesnik lab
PhD thesis: “The role of second-order corticothalamic loops in somatosensation”
2018 – present: Health Data Science Fellow at Insight Data Science

Entering Class of 2012

Katelyn Arnemann, 2012-2018
Undergraduate institution: Case Western Reserve University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Jagust lab
PhD thesis: “Brain network properties in aging”
2018-present: Postdoc with Michael Cole at Rutgers-Newark in the area of computational cognitive neuroscience

Yvonne Fonken, 2012-2017
Undergraduate institution: Radboud University, Netherlands
Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Predoctoral Fellow
Fulbright Fellow
Knight lab
PhD thesis: “Sensory predictions and motor control”
2017-present: Postdoc With Kia Nobre, Oxford University

Jonathan Jui, 2012-2018
Undergraduate institution: University of Chicago
Flannery and Schaffer labs
PhD thesis: “Preservation and regeneration of photoreceptors in retinal degeneration through the manipulation of Müller glia using viral gene delivery”
2018-present: Postdoc with John Flannery at UC Berkeley

Keven Laboy, 2012-2017
Undergraduate institution: University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Feldman lab
PhD thesis: “Spatiotemporal receptive fields in rodent barrel cortex”
2017-present: Postdoc with the Bence Ölveczky’s lab, Harvard

Amy LeMessurier, 2012-2018
Undergraduate institution: MIT
Feldman lab
PhD thesis: “Flexibility of sensory encoding: how stable are receptive fields?”
2018-present: Postdoc with Feldman lab, UC Berkeley

Kimberly Long, 2012-2018
Undergraduate institution: Indiana University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Kaufer lab
PhD thesis: “Investigating the effects of early life experience and stress on myelination and oligodendrogensis”
2018-present: Postdoc at UCSF

Elizabeth Lorenc, 2012-2018
Undergraduate institution: Mount Holyoke
D’Esposito lab
PhD thesis: “Functional MRI and transcranial magnetic stimulation investigation of the neural mechanisms of precise visual working memory for complex objects”
2018-present: Postdoc, Lewis-Peacock lab at UT Austin

Alexander Naka, 2012-2018
Undergraduate institution: Northwestern University
Adesnik lab
PhD thesis: “Optogenetic investigation of intercolumnar integration in barrel cortex”
2018-present: Industry postdoc with Dave Hackos’ lab at Genentech

Ryan Neely, 2012–2017
Undergraduate institution: Harvard University
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
Carmena lab
PhD thesis: “Cortico-basal ganglia circuits for top-down control of visual processing”
2017-present: Director of Systems and Design for iota Biosciences, Inc.

Vladimir Senatorov, 2012-2018
Undergraduate institution: University of Maryland, College Park
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Kaufer lab
PhD thesis: “Molecular mechanisms underlying epileptogenic activity and cognitive decline in the aged brain”
2015-present: Co-founder of Palisade Therapeutics
2018-present: Siebel Postdoctoral Fellow at Berkeley Stem Cell Center and Department of Integrative Biology

Entering Class of 2011

Daniel Bliss, 2011-2017
Undergraduate institution: Vassar College
Berkeley Fellow
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
D’Esposito lab
PhD thesis: “The roles of brainstem cell types in the initiation of REM sleep”
2017-present: Postdoc in Xiao-Jing Wang’s lab at NYU

Timothy Day, 2011-2017
Undergraduate institution: University of Kansas
Chancellor’s Opportunity Fellow
Flannery/Schaffer labs
PhD thesis: “Directed evolution of adeno-associated virus for gene therapy of retinal degenerations”
2017-present: Co-Founder, CSO of DNALite Therapeutics, Inc.

Joe Driscoll, 2011-2017
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Fields/Kriegsfeld labs
PhD thesis: “Dissecting the microcircuitry underlying cellular and tissue-level rhythmicity in the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus (SCN)”
2017-present: Postdoc at BlackThorn Therapeutics

Courtney Gallen, 2011-2016
Undergraduate institution: Pennsylvania State University
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
D’Esposito lab
PhD thesis: “Changes in global and local brain organization in healthy aging”
2016-present: Postdoc in Adam Gazzaley’s lab (Neuroscape) at UCSF

Christopher Holdgraf, 2011-2017
Undergraduate institution: Tulane University
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
Knight lab
PhD thesis: “Encoding and Decoding models of human audition using Electrocorticography”
2016-present: Data Science Fellow at Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Benjamin Kallman, 2011-2016
Undergraduate institution: Johns Hopkins University
Scott lab
PhD thesis: “Tracing pheromone-responsive neural circuits in the Drosophila brain”
2016-present: Development Scientist at Invitae

Kenji Kobayashi, 2011-2016
Undergraduate institution: University of Tokyo, Japan
Hsu lab
PhD thesis: “Neural mechanism of model-based decision making”
2016-present: Postdoc in Jacqueline Gottlieb’s lab at Columbia University

Alina Liberman, 2011-2016
Undergraduate institution: Stanford University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Whitney lab
PhD thesis: “The role of serial dependence in object perception”
2016-present: Associate at McKinsey & Company

Shawn Marks, 2011-2017
Undergraduate institution: University of Arizona
Jagust lab
PhD thesis: “The influence of age and Alzheimer’s pathology on hippocampus mediated pattern separation”
2017-present: Health Data Science Fellow at Insight Data Science

Anwar Núñez-Elizalde, 2011-2018
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
Chancellor’s Opportunity Fellow
Gallant lab
PhD thesis: “Investigating the representation of value in the human brain using fMRI”
2018-present: Postdoc in the lab of Matteo Carandini and Kenneth Harris (Co-PIs) at the University College London

Maureen Turner, 2011-2018
Undergraduate institution: University of Arizona
Ngai lab
PhD thesis: “The role of the Sox2 transcription factor in neural stem cells in the olfactory niche”
2014-2015: Science Teacher at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
2018-present: Manager, The Wright Institute

Anna Vlasits, 2011-2017
Undergraduate institution: Columbia University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
National Research Service Award Fellow
Feller lab
PhD thesis: “Dendritic integration in starburst amacrine cells of the retina”
2016: AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow at STAT News
2017: Editorial Fellow (Reporting) at WIRED
2018-present: Postdoc in Thomas Euler’s lab, University of Tuebingen

Entering Class of 2010

Levi Gadye, 2010-2016
Undergraduate institution: Brown University
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Pre-doctoral Fellowship
Ngai lab
PhD thesis: “Mitotic strategies of adult stem cells during regeneration of the olfactory epithelium”
2017-present: Health & Sciences Writer, UCSF Medical Center

Matar Haller, 2010-2016
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Knight lab
PhD thesis: “Categorical coding in the human neocortex: evidence from intracranial recordings”
2016: Data Science Fellow at Insight Data Science; Data Scientist at Winton Group
2017-present: Senior Data Scientist at SparkBeyond

Samuel Harding Forrester, 2010-2017
Undergraduate institution: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Feldman lab
PhD thesis: “Modification of feedforward inhibition and excitation by deprivation-induced map plasticity in mouse barrel cortex”
2017: Medical School at the University of Melbourne

Brian Isett, 2010-2017
Undergraduate institution: Cornell University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Feldman lab
PhD thesis: “Gamma rhythm plasticity in rodent primary somatosensory cortex”
2018-present: Postdoc in Aryn Gittis’ lab at Carnegie Mellon University

Samuel Israel, 2010-2017
Undergraduate institution: Bard College
Ngai lab
PhD thesis: “Fish and fear: Identifying the neural circuitry of the zebrafish alarm pheromone response”
2018-present: Field Application Scientist at Bio-Rad Laboratories

Tyler Lee, 2010-2016
Undergraduate institution: UC Los Angeles
Theunissen/Olshausen labs
PhD thesis: “Using modulation filters to parse natural auditory scenes”
2016-present: Algorithms Intern at Intel Corporation

Claire Oldfield, 2010-2016
Undergraduate institution: Ecole Normale Supérieure, France
Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Graduate Fellow
Isacoff lab
PhD thesis: “Sleep-dependent plasticity associated with learning at a circuit level in zebrafish”
2016-present: Consultant for Bain and Company

Oscar Vazquez, 2010-2015
Undergraduate institution: University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Kaufer lab
PhD thesis: “Astrocytic contributions to hypersynchronous neuronal activity-dependent neurogenesis”
2016-present: Medical student at UC Davis

Entering Class of 2009

Natalia Bilenko, 2009-2016
Undergraduate institution: Brown University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Gallant lab
PhD thesis: “Investigating representational parameters of higher-order visual information in the human brain”
2017-present: Engineer at Bay Labs

Benjamin Gaub, 2009-2015
Undergraduate institution: Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Germany
Fulbright Fellow
Isacoff lab
PhD thesis: “Restoring vision in animal models of retinitis pigmentosa using an engineered light sensitive metabotropic glutamate receptor”
2015-present: Postdoc at ETH Zurich

Robert Gibboni, 2009-2014
Undergraduate institution: University of Arizona
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Bao lab
PhD thesis: “The role of inhibition in auditory critical periods”
2014-present: Scientist at Intonic

Stephanie Greer, 2009-2014
Undergraduate institution: Brown University
Walker lab
PhD thesis: “Neural consequences of sleep and sleep loss on the human reward system”
2015-present: Human Factors Design Engineer at Apple

Sarah Hillenbrand, 2009-2015
Undergraduate institution: Kenyon College
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Ivry lab
PhD thesis: “The role of error processing networks in motor learning”
2015-present: Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford

Colleen Kirkhart, 2009-2015
Undergraduate institution: Wellesley College
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Scott lab
PhD thesis: “The neural basis of taste memory in Drosophila”
2015-present: Biology Teacher at Pingry School

Asako Miyakawa, 2009-2014
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
Bao lab
PhD thesis: “Multisensory integration in the rodent auditory cortex”
2014-present: Scientist at Circuit Therapeutics

Helene Moorman, 2009-2015
Undergraduate institution: MIT
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Carmena lab
PhD thesis: “Sensorimotor representation of a brain-machine interface controlled virtual prosthetic limb in macaque ventral pre-motor cortex”
2015-present: Human Factors Scientist at Exponent

Lucas Pinto, 2009-2014
Undergraduate institution: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Dan lab
PhD thesis: “Top-down modulation of sensory processing: roles of basal forebrain and prefrontal cortex”
2015-present: Postdoc in the Brody and Tank labs, Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Entering Class of 2008

Rachel Denison, 2008-2013
Undergraduate institution: Yale University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Silver lab
PhD thesis: “Temporal dynamics in visual attention and awareness”
2013-present: Postdoc in David Heeger and Marisa Carrasco labs at NYU

Caterina Gratton, 2008-2013
Undergraduate institution: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
D’Esposito lab
PhD thesis: “The role of functional networks in modifying visual representations”
2013-2018: Postdoc in Petersen and Schlaggar Neuroimaging Lab at Washington University in St. Louis
Fall 2018: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University

Liberty Hamilton, 2008-2013
Undergraduate institution: Scripps College
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Bao lab
PhD thesis: “Plasticity and neural encoding in auditory cortex”
2013-2017: Postdoc in Edward Chang’s lab at UCSF
2017-present: Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Texas at Austin and of Neurology at Dell Medical School

Alexander Huth, 2008-2013
Undergraduate institution: Caltech
Gallant lab
PhD thesis: “Investigating representations of visual and semantic information in the brain using fMRI”
2013-2017: Postdoc in Jack Gallant’s lab at UC Berkeley
2017-present: Assistant Professor of Computational Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin

Aaron Koralek, 2008-2014
Undergraduate institution: Princeton University
Carmena lab
PhD thesis: “Effects of Intracortical Microstimulation on Cortical Map Plasticity”
2014-present: Postdoc in Rui Costa’s lab at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown

Entering Class of 2007

Maya Cano, 2007-2014
Undergraduate institution: UC San Diego
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Knight Lab
PhD thesis: “Controlling memory: The role of lateral PFC in active memory suppression”

Emily Cooper, 2007-2012
Undergraduate institution: University of Chicago
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
Banks Lab
PhD thesis: “Watch out for that step! Stereopsis, corresponding points, and how the visual system evolved to keep us from eating dirt.”

David Drew Fegen, 2007-2012
Undergraduate institution: Rutgers University
D’Esposito Lab
PhD thesis: “Affects of cholinesterase inhibitor Donepazil on the selectivity of visual sensory representations in visual association cortex”

Joseph Goldbeck, 2007-2012
Undergraduate institution: MIT
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Feldman Lab
PhD thesis: “Learning and representation of sequences”

Allyson Mackey, 2007-2012
Undergraduate institution: Stanford University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Bunge Lab
PhD thesis: “Neural Correlates of Fluid Reasoning Training in Children.”

Kevin Mann, 2007-2013
Undergraduate institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Scott Lab
PhD thesis: “Identification and characterization of higher order neurons of the taste circuit in Drosophila Melanogaster”

Allan-Hermann Pool, 2007-2013
Undergraduate institution: Tallin University of Technology, Estonia
Fulbright Fellow
Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Graduate Fellow
Scott Lab
PhD thesis: “Neural Circuits Controlling Food and Water Intake in the Fruitfly”

Christopher Rodgers, 2007-2013
Undergraduate institution: McGill University
DeWeese Lab
PhD thesis: “Active gating of information flow in auditory cortex”

Jennifer Sloan, 2007-2013
Undergraduate institution: University of Nevada, Reno
Wallis Lab
PhD thesis: “Hierarchical reinforcement learning in the prefrontal cortex”

Kirstie Whitaker, 2007-2012
Undergraduate institution: University of Bristol, England
Fulbright Fellow
Bunge Lab
PhD thesis: “Investigating the Neurodevelopment of Reasoning Ability”

Alana Wong, 2007-2014
Undergraduate institution: Washington University, St. Louis
Chateaubriand Fellow
Kaufer Lab
PhD thesis: “Epigenetic mechanisms mediating the effects of stress on neurogenesis”

Entering Class of 2006

Leah Byrne, 2006-2011
Undergraduate institution: Hamilton College
Chateaubriand Fellow
Flannery Lab
PhD thesis: “Development of viral vector mediated gene therapies for retinal degeneration”

Linh Dang, 2006-2012
Undergraduate institution: Pomona College
Gates-Millennium Fellow
Jagust Lab
PhD thesis: “Dopaminergic model of working memory”

Michele Insanally, 2006-2011
Undergraduate institution: Barnard College
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Bao Lab
PhD thesis: “Feature-dependent sensitive periods in the development of cortical complex sound representations”

Heesoo Kim, 2006-2011
Undergraduate institution: Stanford University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Bao Lab
PhD thesis: “Development and plasticity in the primary auditory cortex”

Elizabeth Kirby, 2006-2011
Undergraduate institution: Duke University
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Pre-doctoral Fellowship
Kaufer Lab
PhD thesis: “Modulating the effects of glucocorticoids on adult hippocampal neural progenitor cells (NPCs)”

Hania Köver, 2006-2011
Undergraduate institution: University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Graduate Fellow
Bao Lab
PhD thesis: “Neuronal correlates and mechanisms of perceptual warping”

Erica Warp, 2006-2012
Undergraduate institution: Brown University
Isacoff Lab
PhD thesis: “Using light-gated channels to study circuit development in the zebrafish spinal cord”

Entering Class of 2005

Luisa Cacheaux, 2005-2010
Undergraduate institution: Columbia University
Kaufer Lab
PhD thesis: “The role of serum albumin and TGF-β signaling in post-traumatic epileptogenesis ”

Charles Cadieu, 2005-2009
Undergraduate institution: MIT
Olshausen Lab
PhD thesis: “Learning transformational invariants from time-varying natural images ”

Sundari Chetty, 2005-2009
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Pre-Doctoral Fellow
Kaufer Lab
PhD thesis: “Hormonal regulation of hippocampal neurogenesis ”

Adeen Flinker, 2005-2012
Undergraduate institution: Technion, Israel
Knight Lab
PhD thesis: “Lexical and phonological processing revisited – analysis of human cortical recordings ”

John Long, II, 2005-2011
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
Carmena Lab
PhD thesis: “The integration of prosthetic sensory feedback into a conditioned stimulus-response ”

Chung-Hay Luk, 2005-2011
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
Wallis Lab
PhD thesis: “Neuronal encoding of stimulus-response-outcome associations in working memory ”

Elizabeth Mormino, 2005-2011
Undergraduate institution: UC Los Angeles
Jagust Lab
PhD thesis: “Relating amyloid pathology to cognition and brain structure/function in normal elderly individuals. ”

Ariel Rokem, 2005-2010
Undergraduate institution: Hebrew University, Israel
Silver Lab
PhD thesis: “Neural Mechanisms of Perceptual Learning ”

Lavi Secundo, 2005-2010
Undergraduate institution: Hebrew University, Israel
Knight Lab
PhD thesis: “Brain machine interface in humans using ECoG ”

Marta Soden, 2005-2010
Undergraduate institution: Mount Holyoke College
Chen Lab
PhD thesis: “The role of microRNAs and local translation in synaptic plasticity ”

Entering Class of 2004

Chenmei Chen, 2004-2009
Undergraduate institution: National Tsinghua University, Taiwan
Dan Lab
PhD thesis: “The synaptic mechanisms underlying direction selectivity in the primary visual cortex ”

Michael Goard, 2004-2009
Undergraduate institution: Reed College
Dan Lab
PhD thesis: “State-dependent cortical processing: Cholinergic modulation of visual responses ”

Emily Jacobs, 2004-2010
Undergraduate institution: Smith College
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
D’Esposito Lab
PhD thesis: “Genetic and hormonal influences on prefrontal cortical function ”

Grant Kauwe, 2004-2010
Undergraduate institution: University of Hawaii, Manoa
Isacoff Lab
PhD thesis: “Rapid retrograde control of synaptic strength ”

Antonio Lara, 2004-2010
Undergraduate institution: University of Texas, at Austin
Wallis Lab
PhD thesis: “Representation of reward in working memory ”

Hui Lu, 2004-2009
Undergraduate institution: UCTC Hefei, P.R. China
Poo Lab
PhD thesis: “Effect of cocaine on the plasticity of the rat’s medial prefrontal cortex ”

John Schlerf, 2004-2010
Undergraduate institution: Brown University
Ivry Lab
PhD thesis: “The Correction of Movement Errors ”

Lei Shi, 2004-2009
Undergraduate institution: Tonji University, P.R. China
Griffiths Lab
PhD thesis: “Neural Implementation of Bayesian Inference: Linking Statistics to Neural Circuits ”

Tara Tracy, 2004-2010
Undergraduate institution: Wesleyan University
Chen Lab
PhD thesis: “Transynaptic regulation of presynaptic vesicle release ”

Bradley Voytek, 2004-2010
Undergraduate institution: University of Southern California
Knight Lab
PhD thesis: “Functional network and cognitive alterations and recovery after unilateral stroke in humans ”

Entering Class of 2003

Gautam Agarwal, 2003-2009
Undergraduate institution: University of Texas, at Austin
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Graduate Fellow
Isacoff Lab
PhD thesis: “Spatiotemporal dynamics of Ca++ signaling in the fruit fly antennal lobe ”

Elena Allen, 2003-2008
Undergraduate institution: UC Los Angeles
Freeman Lab
PhD thesis: “Studies of neural and metabolic processing in the central visual pathway ”

Matthew Baggott, 2003-2010
Undergraduate institution: University of Chicago
Robertson Lab
PhD thesis: “Visual consequences of hallucinogen use ”

Annaliese Beery, 2003-2008
Undergraduate institution: Williams College
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
Irv Zucker Lab
PhD thesis: “Neuroendocrinology of same-sex affiliative behavior ”

Ryan Canolty, 2003-2009
Undergraduate institution: University of Georgia
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Knight Lab
PhD thesis: “The role of neuronal oscillations in the control of and communication between distinct cortical areas during complex behavior ”

Chun-Liang Pan, 2003-2008
Undergraduate institution: National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Taiwan Ministry of Education Graduate Fellow
Garriga Lab
PhD thesis: “Wnt signaling and neuronal development in the nematode C. elegans ”

Brian Pasley, 2003-2008
Undergraduate institution: Yale University
Freeman Lab
PhD thesis: “Neurovascular coupling in brain imaging and brain stimulation ”

Entering Class of 2002

Noopur Amin, 2002-2008
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
NASA Graduate Fellow
Theunissen Lab
PhD thesis: “Listening to song: how the songbird auditory system processes natural sounds ”

Natalia Caporale, 2002-2007
Undergraduate institution: University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Graduate Fellow
Dan Lab
PhD thesis: “Plasticity and learning in the rodent visual system ”

Aubrey Gilbert, 2002-2007
Undergraduate institution: University of Virginia
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Ivry Lab
PhD thesis: “Forward modeling and the flash lag effect ”

Brian Miller, 2002-2008
Undergraduate institution: Duke University
D’Esposito Lab
PhD thesis: “Spatio-temporal Dynamics of Component Operations in Memory: A multi-methodological approach ”

Entering Class of 2015

Zeke Barger, 2015 – 2020
Undergraduate institution: University of Chicago
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Dan Lab
PhD thesis: “Medullary control of sleep”

Shariq Mobin, 2015 – 2019
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
Olshausen Lab
PhD thesis: “Efficient coding of natural sound”

Entering Class of 2014

Charles Frye, 2014 – 2020
Undergraduate institution:
Berkeley Fellow
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Sommer Lab
PhD thesis: “Extending Minimum Probability Flow to models with hidden variables”

Entering Class of 2013

Falk Lieder, 2013 – 2018
Undergraduate institution: University of Osnabruck, Germany
Berkeley Fellow
Griffiths Lab
PhD thesis: “Beyond bounded rationality: reverse-engineering and enhancing human intelligence”
2018 – present: Faculty, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen (Germany)

Elena Ryapolova-Webb, 2013-2018
Undergraduate institution: New York University
Adesnik Lab
PhD thesis: “The role of second-order corticothalamic loops in somatosensation”
2018 – present: Health Data Science Fellow at Insight Data Science

Entering Class of 2012

Katelyn Arnemann, 2012-2018
Undergraduate institution: Case Western Reserve University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Jagust Lab
PhD thesis: “Brain network properties in aging”
2018-present: Postdoc with Michael Cole at Rutgers-Newark in the area of computational cognitive neuroscience

Yvonne Fonken, 2012-2017
Undergraduate institution: Radboud University, Netherlands
Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Predoctoral Fellow
Fulbright Fellow
Knight Lab
PhD thesis: “Sensory predictions and motor control”
2017-present: Postdoc With Kia Nobre, Oxford University

Jonathan Jui, 2012-2018
Undergraduate institution: University of Chicago
Flannery and Schaffer Labs
PhD thesis: “Preservation and regeneration of photoreceptors in retinal degeneration through the manipulation of Müller glia using viral gene delivery”
2018-present: Postdoc with John Flannery at UC Berkeley

Keven Laboy, 2012-2017
Undergraduate institution: University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Feldman Lab
PhD thesis: “Spatiotemporal receptive fields in rodent barrel cortex”
2017-present: Postdoc with the Bence Ölveczky’s lab, Harvard

Amy LeMessurier, 2012-2018
Undergraduate institution: MIT
Feldman Lab
PhD thesis: “Flexibility of sensory encoding: how stable are receptive fields?”
2018-present: Postdoc with Feldman lab, UC Berkeley

Kimberly Long, 2012-2018
Undergraduate institution: Indiana University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Kaufer Lab
PhD thesis: “Investigating the effects of early life experience and stress on myelination and oligodendrogensis”
2018-present: Postdoc at UCSF

Elizabeth Lorenc, 2012-2018
Undergraduate institution: Mount Holyoke
D’Esposito Lab
PhD thesis: “Functional MRI and transcranial magnetic stimulation investigation of the neural mechanisms of precise visual working memory for complex objects”
2018-present: Postdoc, Lewis-Peacock lab at UT Austin

Alexander Naka, 2012-2018
Undergraduate institution: Northwestern University
Adesnik Lab
PhD thesis: “Optogenetic investigation of intercolumnar integration in barrel cortex”
2018-present: Industry postdoc with Dave Hackos’ lab at Genentech

Ryan Neely, 2012–2017
Undergraduate institution: Harvard University
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
Carmena Lab
PhD thesis: “Cortico-basal ganglia circuits for top-down control of visual processing”
2017-present: Director of Systems and Design for iota Biosciences, Inc.

Vladimir Senatorov, 2012-2018
Undergraduate institution: University of Maryland, College Park
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Kaufer Lab
PhD thesis: “Molecular mechanisms underlying epileptogenic activity and cognitive decline in the aged brain”
2015-present: Co-founder of Palisade Therapeutics
2018-present: Siebel Postdoctoral Fellow at Berkeley Stem Cell Center and Department of Integrative Biology

Entering Class of 2011

Daniel Bliss, 2011-2017
Undergraduate institution: Vassar College
Berkeley Fellow
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
D’Esposito Lab
PhD thesis: “The roles of brainstem cell types in the initiation of REM sleep”
2017-present: Postdoc in Xiao-Jing Wang’s lab at NYU

Timothy Day, 2011-2017
Undergraduate institution: University of Kansas
Chancellor’s Opportunity Fellow
Flannery/Schaffer Labs
PhD thesis: “Directed evolution of adeno-associated virus for gene therapy of retinal degenerations”
2017-present: Co-Founder, CSO of DNALite Therapeutics, Inc.

Joe Driscoll, 2011-2017
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Fields/Kriegsfeld Labs
PhD thesis: “Dissecting the microcircuitry underlying cellular and tissue-level rhythmicity in the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus (SCN)”
2017-present: Postdoc at BlackThorn Therapeutics

Courtney Gallen, 2011-2016
Undergraduate institution: Pennsylvania State University
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
D’Esposito Lab
PhD thesis: “Changes in global and local brain organization in healthy aging”
2016-present: Postdoc in Adam Gazzaley’s lab (Neuroscape) at UCSF

Christopher Holdgraf, 2011-2017
Undergraduate institution: Tulane University
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
Knight Lab
PhD thesis: “Encoding and Decoding models of human audition using Electrocorticography”
2016-present: Data Science Fellow at Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Benjamin Kallman, 2011-2016
Undergraduate institution: Johns Hopkins University
Scott Lab
PhD thesis: “Tracing pheromone-responsive neural circuits in the Drosophila brain”
2016-present: Development Scientist at Invitae

Kenji Kobayashi, 2011-2016
Undergraduate institution: University of Tokyo, Japan
Hsu Lab
PhD thesis: “Neural mechanism of model-based decision making”
2016-present: Postdoc in Jacqueline Gottlieb’s lab at Columbia University

Alina Liberman, 2011-2016
Undergraduate institution: Stanford University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Whitney Lab
PhD thesis: “The role of serial dependence in object perception”
2016-present: Associate at McKinsey & Company

Shawn Marks, 2011-2017
Undergraduate institution: University of Arizona
Jagust Lab
PhD thesis: “The influence of age and Alzheimer’s pathology on hippocampus mediated pattern separation”
2017-present: Health Data Science Fellow at Insight Data Science

Anwar Núñez-Elizalde, 2011-2018
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
Chancellor’s Opportunity Fellow
Gallant Lab
PhD thesis: “Investigating the representation of value in the human brain using fMRI”
2018-present: Postdoc in the lab of Matteo Carandini and Kenneth Harris (Co-PIs) at the University College London

Maureen Turner, 2011-2018
Undergraduate institution: University of Arizona
Ngai Lab
PhD thesis: “The role of the Sox2 transcription factor in neural stem cells in the olfactory niche”
2014-2015: Science Teacher at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
2018-present: Manager, The Wright Institute

Anna Vlasits, 2011-2017
Undergraduate institution: Columbia University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
National Research Service Award Fellow
Feller Lab
PhD thesis: “Dendritic integration in starburst amacrine cells of the retina”
2016: AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow at STAT News
2017: Editorial Fellow (Reporting) at WIRED
2018-present: Postdoc in Thomas Euler’s lab, University of Tuebingen

Entering Class of 2010

Levi Gadye, 2010-2016
Undergraduate institution: Brown University
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Pre-doctoral Fellowship
Ngai Lab
PhD thesis: “Mitotic strategies of adult stem cells during regeneration of the olfactory epithelium”
2017-present: Health & Sciences Writer, UCSF Medical Center

Matar Haller, 2010-2016
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Knight Lab
PhD thesis: “Categorical coding in the human neocortex: evidence from intracranial recordings”
2016: Data Science Fellow at Insight Data Science; Data Scientist at Winton Group
2017-present: Senior Data Scientist at SparkBeyond

Samuel Harding Forrester, 2010-2017
Undergraduate institution: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Feldman Lab
PhD thesis: “Modification of feedforward inhibition and excitation by deprivation-induced map plasticity in mouse barrel cortex”
2017: Medical School at the University of Melbourne

Brian Isett, 2010-2017
Undergraduate institution: Cornell University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Feldman Lab
PhD thesis: “Gamma rhythm plasticity in rodent primary somatosensory cortex”
2018-present: Postdoc in Aryn Gittis’ lab at Carnegie Mellon University

Samuel Israel, 2010-2017
Undergraduate institution: Bard College
Ngai Lab
PhD thesis: “Fish and fear: Identifying the neural circuitry of the zebrafish alarm pheromone response”
2018-present: Field Application Scientist at Bio-Rad Laboratories

Tyler Lee, 2010-2016
Undergraduate institution: UC Los Angeles
Theunissen/Olshausen
PhD thesis: “Using modulation filters to parse natural auditory scenes”
2016-present: Algorithms Intern at Intel Corporation

Claire Oldfield, 2010-2016
Undergraduate institution: Ecole Normale Supérieure, France
Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Graduate Fellow
Isacoff Lab
PhD thesis: “Sleep-dependent plasticity associated with learning at a circuit level in zebrafish”
2016-present: Consultant for Bain and Company

Oscar Vazquez, 2010-2015
Undergraduate institution: University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Kaufer Lab
PhD thesis: “Astrocytic contributions to hypersynchronous neuronal activity-dependent neurogenesis”
2016-present: Medical student at UC Davis

Entering Class of 2009

Natalia Bilenko, 2009-2016
Undergraduate institution: Brown University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Gallant Lab
PhD thesis: “Investigating representational parameters of higher-order visual information in the human brain”
2017-present: Engineer at Bay Labs

Benjamin Gaub, 2009-2015
Undergraduate institution: Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Germany
Fulbright Fellow
Isacoff Lab
PhD thesis: “Restoring vision in animal models of retinitis pigmentosa using an engineered light sensitive metabotropic glutamate receptor”
2015-present: Postdoc at ETH Zurich

Robert Gibboni, 2009-2014
Undergraduate institution: University of Arizona
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Bao Lab
PhD thesis: “The role of inhibition in auditory critical periods”
2014-present: Scientist at Intonic

Stephanie Greer, 2009-2014
Undergraduate institution: Brown University
Walker Lab
PhD thesis: “Neural consequences of sleep and sleep loss on the human reward system”
2015-present: Human Factors Design Engineer at Apple

Sarah Hillenbrand, 2009-2015
Undergraduate institution: Kenyon College
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Ivry Lab
PhD thesis: “The role of error processing networks in motor learning”
2015-present: Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford

Colleen Kirkhart, 2009-2015
Undergraduate institution: Wellesley College
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Scott Lab
PhD thesis: “The neural basis of taste memory in Drosophila”
2015-present: Biology Teacher at Pingry School

Asako Miyakawa, 2009-2014
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
Bao Lab
PhD thesis: “Multisensory integration in the rodent auditory cortex”
2014-present: Scientist at Circuit Therapeutics

Helene Moorman, 2009-2015
Undergraduate institution: MIT
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Carmena Lab
PhD thesis: “Sensorimotor representation of a brain-machine interface controlled virtual prosthetic limb in macaque ventral pre-motor cortex”
2015-present: Human Factors Scientist at Exponent

Lucas Pinto, 2009-2014
Undergraduate institution: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Dan Lab
PhD thesis: “Top-down modulation of sensory processing: roles of basal forebrain and prefrontal cortex”
2015-present: Postdoc in the Brody and Tank labs, Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Entering Class of 2008

Rachel Denison, 2008-2013
Undergraduate institution: Yale University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Silver Lab
PhD thesis: “Temporal dynamics in visual attention and awareness”
2013-present: Postdoc in David Heeger and Marisa Carrasco labs at NYU

Caterina Gratton, 2008-2013
Undergraduate institution: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
D’Esposito Lab
PhD thesis: “The role of functional networks in modifying visual representations”
2013-2018: Postdoc in Petersen and Schlaggar Neuroimaging Lab at Washington University in St. Louis
Fall 2018: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University

Liberty Hamilton, 2008-2013
Undergraduate institution: Scripps College
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Bao Lab
PhD thesis: “Plasticity and neural encoding in auditory cortex”
2013-2017: Postdoc in Edward Chang’s lab at UCSF
2017-present: Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Texas at Austin and of Neurology at Dell Medical School

Alexander Huth, 2008-2013
Undergraduate institution: Caltech
Gallant Lab
PhD thesis: “Investigating representations of visual and semantic information in the brain using fMRI”
2013-2017: Postdoc in Jack Gallant’s lab at UC Berkeley
2017-present: Assistant Professor of Computational Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin

Aaron Koralek, 2008-2014
Undergraduate institution: Princeton University
Carmena Lab
PhD thesis: “Effects of Intracortical Microstimulation on Cortical Map Plasticity”
2014-present: Postdoc in Rui Costa’s lab at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown

Entering Class of 2007

Maya Cano, 2007-2014
Undergraduate institution: UC San Diego
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Knight Lab
PhD thesis: “Controlling memory: The role of lateral PFC in active memory suppression”

Emily Cooper, 2007-2012
Undergraduate institution: University of Chicago
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
Banks Lab
PhD thesis: “Watch out for that step! Stereopsis, corresponding points, and how the visual system evolved to keep us from eating dirt.”

David Drew Fegen, 2007-2012
Undergraduate institution: Rutgers University
D’Esposito Lab
PhD thesis: “Affects of cholinesterase inhibitor Donepazil on the selectivity of visual sensory representations in visual association cortex”

Joseph Goldbeck, 2007-2012
Undergraduate institution: MIT
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Feldman Lab
PhD thesis: “Learning and representation of sequences”

Allyson Mackey, 2007-2012
Undergraduate institution: Stanford University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Bunge Lab
PhD thesis: “Neural Correlates of Fluid Reasoning Training in Children.”

Kevin Mann, 2007-2013
Undergraduate institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Scott Lab
PhD thesis: “Identification and characterization of higher order neurons of the taste circuit in Drosophila Melanogaster”

Allan-Hermann Pool, 2007-2013
Undergraduate institution: Tallin University of Technology, Estonia
Fulbright Fellow
Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Graduate Fellow
Scott Lab
PhD thesis: “Neural Circuits Controlling Food and Water Intake in the Fruitfly”

Christopher Rodgers, 2007-2013
Undergraduate institution: McGill University
DeWeese Lab
PhD thesis: “Active gating of information flow in auditory cortex”

Jennifer Sloan, 2007-2013
Undergraduate institution: University of Nevada, Reno
Wallis Lab
PhD thesis: “Hierarchical reinforcement learning in the prefrontal cortex”

Kirstie Whitaker, 2007-2012
Undergraduate institution: University of Bristol, England
Fulbright Fellow
Bunge Lab
PhD thesis: “Investigating the Neurodevelopment of Reasoning Ability”

Alana Wong, 2007-2014
Undergraduate institution: Washington University, St. Louis
Chateaubriand Fellow
Kaufer Lab
PhD thesis: “Epigenetic mechanisms mediating the effects of stress on neurogenesis”

Entering Class of 2006

Leah Byrne, 2006-2011
Undergraduate institution: Hamilton College
Chateaubriand Fellow
Flannery Lab
PhD thesis: “Development of viral vector mediated gene therapies for retinal degeneration”

Linh Dang, 2006-2012
Undergraduate institution: Pomona College
Gates-Millennium Fellow
Jagust Lab
PhD thesis: “Dopaminergic model of working memory”

Michele Insanally, 2006-2011
Undergraduate institution: Barnard College
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Bao Lab
PhD thesis: “Feature-dependent sensitive periods in the development of cortical complex sound representations”

Heesoo Kim, 2006-2011
Undergraduate institution: Stanford University
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Bao Lab
PhD thesis: “Development and plasticity in the primary auditory cortex”

Elizabeth Kirby, 2006-2011
Undergraduate institution: Duke University
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Pre-doctoral Fellowship
Kaufer Lab
PhD thesis: “Modulating the effects of glucocorticoids on adult hippocampal neural progenitor cells (NPCs)”

Hania Köver, 2006-2011
Undergraduate institution: University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Graduate Fellow
Bao Lab
PhD thesis: “Neuronal correlates and mechanisms of perceptual warping”

Erica Warp, 2006-2012
Undergraduate institution: Brown University
Isacoff Lab
PhD thesis: “Using light-gated channels to study circuit development in the zebrafish spinal cord”

Entering Class of 2005

Luisa Cacheaux, 2005-2010
Undergraduate institution: Columbia University
Kaufer Lab
PhD thesis: “The role of serum albumin and TGF-β signaling in post-traumatic epileptogenesis ”

Charles Cadieu, 2005-2009
Undergraduate institution: MIT
Olshausen Lab
PhD thesis: “Learning transformational invariants from time-varying natural images ”

Sundari Chetty, 2005-2009
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Pre-Doctoral Fellow
Kaufer Lab
PhD thesis: “Hormonal regulation of hippocampal neurogenesis ”

Adeen Flinker, 2005-2012
Undergraduate institution: Technion, Israel
Knight Lab
PhD thesis: “Lexical and phonological processing revisited – analysis of human cortical recordings ”

John Long, II, 2005-2011
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
Carmena Lab
PhD thesis: “The integration of prosthetic sensory feedback into a conditioned stimulus-response ”

Chung-Hay Luk, 2005-2011
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
Wallis Lab
PhD thesis: “Neuronal encoding of stimulus-response-outcome associations in working memory ”

Elizabeth Mormino, 2005-2011
Undergraduate institution: UC Los Angeles
Jagust Lab
PhD thesis: “Relating amyloid pathology to cognition and brain structure/function in normal elderly individuals. ”

Ariel Rokem, 2005-2010
Undergraduate institution: Hebrew University, Israel
Silver Lab
PhD thesis: “Neural Mechanisms of Perceptual Learning ”

Lavi Secundo, 2005-2010
Undergraduate institution: Hebrew University, Israel
Knight Lab
PhD thesis: “Brain machine interface in humans using ECoG ”

Marta Soden, 2005-2010
Undergraduate institution: Mount Holyoke College
Chen Lab
PhD thesis: “The role of microRNAs and local translation in synaptic plasticity ”

Entering Class of 2004

Chenmei Chen, 2004-2009
Undergraduate institution: National Tsinghua University, Taiwan
Dan Lab
PhD thesis: “The synaptic mechanisms underlying direction selectivity in the primary visual cortex ”

Michael Goard, 2004-2009
Undergraduate institution: Reed College
Dan Lab
PhD thesis: “State-dependent cortical processing: Cholinergic modulation of visual responses ”

Emily Jacobs, 2004-2010
Undergraduate institution: Smith College
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
D’Esposito Lab
PhD thesis: “Genetic and hormonal influences on prefrontal cortical function ”

Grant Kauwe, 2004-2010
Undergraduate institution: University of Hawaii, Manoa
Isacoff Lab
PhD thesis: “Rapid retrograde control of synaptic strength ”

Antonio Lara, 2004-2010
Undergraduate institution: University of Texas, at Austin
Wallis Lab
PhD thesis: “Representation of reward in working memory ”

Hui Lu, 2004-2009
Undergraduate institution: UCTC Hefei, P.R. China
Poo Lab
PhD thesis: “Effect of cocaine on the plasticity of the rat’s medial prefrontal cortex ”

John Schlerf, 2004-2010
Undergraduate institution: Brown University
Ivry Lab
PhD thesis: “The Correction of Movement Errors ”

Lei Shi, 2004-2009
Undergraduate institution: Tonji University, P.R. China
Griffiths Lab
PhD thesis: “Neural Implementation of Bayesian Inference: Linking Statistics to Neural Circuits ”

Tara Tracy, 2004-2010
Undergraduate institution: Wesleyan University
Chen Lab
PhD thesis: “Transynaptic regulation of presynaptic vesicle release ”

Bradley Voytek, 2004-2010
Undergraduate institution: University of Southern California
Knight Lab
PhD thesis: “Functional network and cognitive alterations and recovery after unilateral stroke in humans ”

Entering Class of 2003

Gautam Agarwal, 2003-2009
Undergraduate institution: University of Texas, at Austin
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Graduate Fellow
Isacoff Lab
PhD thesis: “Spatiotemporal dynamics of Ca++ signaling in the fruit fly antennal lobe ”

Elena Allen, 2003-2008
Undergraduate institution: UC Los Angeles
Freeman Lab
PhD thesis: “Studies of neural and metabolic processing in the central visual pathway ”

Matthew Baggott, 2003-2010
Undergraduate institution: University of Chicago
Robertson Lab
PhD thesis: “Visual consequences of hallucinogen use ”

Annaliese Beery, 2003-2008
Undergraduate institution: Williams College
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow
Irv Zucker Lab
PhD thesis: “Neuroendocrinology of same-sex affiliative behavior ”

Ryan Canolty, 2003-2009
Undergraduate institution: University of Georgia
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Knight Lab
PhD thesis: “The role of neuronal oscillations in the control of and communication between distinct cortical areas during complex behavior ”

Chun-Liang Pan, 2003-2008
Undergraduate institution: National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Taiwan Ministry of Education Graduate Fellow
Garriga Lab
PhD thesis: “Wnt signaling and neuronal development in the nematode C. elegans ”

Brian Pasley, 2003-2008
Undergraduate institution: Yale University
Freeman Lab
PhD thesis: “Neurovascular coupling in brain imaging and brain stimulation ”

Entering Class of 2002

Noopur Amin, 2002-2008
Undergraduate institution: UC Berkeley
NASA Graduate Fellow
Theunissen Lab
PhD thesis: “Listening to song: how the songbird auditory system processes natural sounds ”

Natalia Caporale, 2002-2007
Undergraduate institution: University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Graduate Fellow
Dan Lab
PhD thesis: “Plasticity and learning in the rodent visual system ”

Aubrey Gilbert, 2002-2007
Undergraduate institution: University of Virginia
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Ivry Lab
PhD thesis: “Forward modeling and the flash lag effect ”

Brian Miller, 2002-2008
Undergraduate institution: Duke University
D’Esposito Lab
PhD thesis: “Spatio-temporal Dynamics of Component Operations in Memory: A multi-methodological approach ”

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