Neuroscience of Learning and Memory
Thomas H. Brown, Ph.D. Stanford 1977


Past Lab Members

Post-Doctoral Fellows:

Douglas A. Baxter, Ph.D. 1982-1985
Research Project: Quantal basis of long-term potentiation in the crayfish neuromuscular junction.
Currently at: University of Texas at Houston, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Baxter's website

German Barrionuevo, M.D. - 1982-1987
Research Project: Microphysiology of synaptic transmission in the mossy fiber synapses of the hippocampus.
Currently at: University of Pittsburgh, Department of Neuroscience, Barrionuevo's website

Stephen R. Kelso, Ph.D. - 1983-1986
Research Project: Hebbian synapses in the hippocampus.
Currently at: University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Biological Science, Kelso's website

Alan H. Ganong, Ph.D.- 1984-1987
Research Project: Hebbian synapses in the hippocampus.
Currently at: Pfizer Central Research Groton, CT

Edward W. Kairiss, Ph.D. - 1986-1990
Research Project: Quantal analysis of synaptic transmission in the hippocampus.
Currently at: Yale University, Instructional Technology Academic Computing

Lawrence Keenan, Ph.D. - 1987-1990
Research Project: Confocal laser scanning microscopy of calcium signals in hippocampal neurons.
Currently at: University of New Mexico, Department of Biology

Paul F. Chapman, Ph.D. - 1987-1990
Research Project: Long-term synaptic potentiation in the amygdala.
Currently at: Cardiff University , School of Biosciences

David B. Jaffe, Ph.D. - 1992-1995
Research Project: Confocal laser scanning microscopic imaging of calcium transients in hippocampal neurons.
Currently at: University of Texas at San Antonio , Department of Biology, Jaffe's website

Turhan Canli, Ph.D. - 1993-1995
Research Project: In vivo studies of amygdala-dependent modulation of the eyeblink reflex.
Currently at: Stony Brook SUNY, Department of Psychology, Canli's website

Billie Faulkner, Ph.D. - 1997-1999
Research Project: Morphology and physiology
Currently at: Teva Marion Pharmaceuticals

John M. Beggs, Ph.D. - 1998-1999
Research Project: Physiology of neurons in the rat perirhinal cortex.
Currently at: Indiana University, Department of Physics, Beggs' website

Ewan C. McNay, Ph.D. - 2000 - 2001
Research Project: Neuronal firing types in the lateral nucleus of amygdala
Currently at: Yale Medical School - Dept. of Endocrinology

June-Seek Choi, Ph. D. - 1999 - 2001
Research Project: The role of the amygdala in fear conditioning
Currently at: Korea University, Department of Psychology, Choi's website

James R. Moyer Jr., Ph.D. - 1995-2002
Research Project: Morphology and physiology
Currently at: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Psychology, Moyer's website

Vicky Leung , Ph.D. - 2003 - 2006
Research Project: Long-term potentiation and hebbian synapses
Currently at: Tunxis Community and Goodwin Colleges, Departments of Biology

Pawel Boguszewski, Ph.D. - 2005 - 2008
Research Project: Behavioral analysis of fear conditioning
Currently at: Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Poland


Yale Graduate Students:

Zachary F. Mainen, Psychology B.A./M.A. student - 1989-1990
Research Project: Neurobiological models of hebbian synapses.
Degree Awarded: M.A. in Psychology;
Won the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship
Currently at: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Mainen's website

Anthony M. Zador, Neuroscience M.D./Ph.D. student - 1989-1992
Research Project: Biophysics of computation in single hippocampal neurons.
Degree Awarded: Ph.D. in Neuroscience;
Won an IBM Fellowship
Currently at: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Zador's website

Anna C. Nobre, Psychology Graduate student - 1989-1992
Research Project: Role of NMDA receptors in LTP induction.
Degree Awarded: Ph.D. in Psychology;
Currently at: Oxford University, Nobre's website

Zixiu Xiang, Psychology Graduate Student - 1989-1995
Research Project: Neurophysiology of mossy fiber synapses in the rat hippocampus.
Degree Awarded: Ph.D. in Psychology
Won an NRSA Postdoctoral Award to work with Dr. David Prince at Stanford University
Currently at: University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Departments of Neurosurgery, Xiang's website

Anders C. Greenwood, Physiology Graduate Student - 1990-1996
Research Project: Quantal analysis of synaptic mechanisms: Parameter estimation and hypothesis testing.
Degree Awarded: Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Won a National Science Foundation Fellowship Award
Currently at: University of New Mexico, Department of Neurosciences

Yu, Tzu-Ping, Psychology Graduate Student - 1990-1995
Research Project: Visualization and neurophysiology of hippocampal granule cells and their mossy-fiber axonal projections.
Degree Awarded: Ph.D. in Psychology
Currently at: Calfornia Institute of Technology, Division of Biology

Billie Faulkner, Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program Graduate Student - 1992-97
Research Project: Amygdala-perirhinal memory system: Synapses, neurons, and circuits.
Degree Awarded: Ph.D. in Neuroscience
Won a National Science Foundation Fellowship Award and
R03 Predoctoral Award
Recently at: Teva Marion Pharmaceticals

John M. Beggs, Psychology Graduate Student - 1993-1998
Research Project: Electrophysiology of rat perirhinal cortex.
Degree Awarded: Ph.D. in Psychology. Won National Research Service Award
Currently at: Indiana University, Department of Physics , Beggs's website

John P. McGann, Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program Graduate Student-199803
Research Project: Late-Spiking neurons in perirhinal cortex and the timing of conditioned fear.
Degree Awarded: Ph.D. in Neuroscience
Won NSF and NSRA awards
Currently at: Boston University, Wachowiak Lab, lab website

Derick H. Lindquist , Psychology Graduate Student - 1998-2004
Research Project: Cortical-subcortical innervation of the amygdala: Dual input synaptic plasticity and auditory fear conditioning.
Degree Awarded: Ph.D. in Psychology.
Currently at: Kansas University, Department of Molecular Bioscience, Lindquist's website

Sharon Furtak , Psychology Graduate Student - 2001-2006
Research Project: Structure and function of rat perirhinal cortex.
Degree Awarded: Ph.D. in Psychology.
Currently at: Brown University, Department of Psychology

Timothy Allen , Psychology Graduate Student - 2003-2008
Research Project: Cortical dependence of ethologically-relevant fear conditioning.
Degree Awarded: Ph.D. in Psychology.

Dianna Kholodar-Smith , Psychology Graduate Student - 2003-2008
Research Project: Cortically-mediated fear memories.
Degree Awarded: Ph.D. in Psychology.

Yale Undergraduate Students:

Zachary F. Mainen, Psychology B.A./M.A. student - 1989-1990
Research Project: Computational models of hippocampal neurons.
Won the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship
Degree: Ph.D. with Dr. Terrence Sejnowski

Kenneth Y. Tsai - 1992-1994
Research Project: Computation models of hippocampal neurons.
Became M.D./Ph.D. student at Harvard University

Angela Wong - 1993-1995
Research Project: In vivo studies of amygdala-dependent modulation of the eyeblink reflex.
Attended medical school at Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Won full tuition award to Washington University.

Kinh H. Tieu - 1996-1997
Research Project: Circuit/level model of temporal encoding during fear conditioning.
Became a computer science graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

John P. McGann, B.A./M.A. - 1997-1998
Research Project: Circuit level model of temporal encoding during fear conditioning.
Won National Science Foundation Fellowship and NRSA Awards.
Degree: Ph.D. Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, Yale University

Tung-Shen Tsai - 1998-1999
Research Project: Neural model of storage aspect of working memory.
Currently working on a research team in the cognitive development lab at Stanford University .

Andrew L. Keidel - 1997-2000
Research Project: Computation modeling of neurons.

Michael Kestenbaum - 1999 - 2000
Research Project: Age-related changes in the expression of Calbindin-D28k in the rat perirhinal cortex: An immunohistochemistry study.

Roy Chan - 1999-2000
Research Project: The effects of amygdala lesions on multiple measures of fear; freezing and vocalization.

Michael McCreless - May 1999 - 2001
Research Project: Computational modeling of how the interstimulus interval function might emerge from our neurobiological model of fear conditioning.
Currently a research associate at the Institute for Strategy and Competeitiveness at Harvard University.

Tyrone Powell - May 2000 - August - 2002
Research Project: Quantitative analysis of neuronal development and morphology in rat perirhinal cortex during development: A Golgi-Cox study.

Mary Britt Payne - June 2000 - May - 2002
Research Project: Aging related changes in the morphology and distribution of calcium binding proteins in rat perirhinal cortex

Cindy Hwang - March 2001 - May 2002
Research Project: Distribution of voltage-gated K+ channel subunits Kv1.1 and Kv1.2 across the cortical layers and neuronal firing types of rat perirhinal cortex.
Currently pursuing her MD at Stanford University.

Alisha Richman - May 2002 - December 2002
Research Project: Distribution of voltage-gated potassium channels of the Shaker faily (Kv1) in the perirhinal cortex and hippocampus of the rat brain.
Currently a graduate student at University of California - San Diego.

Dustan Williams - May 2002 - December 2002
Research Project: Morphometric changes of perirhinal cortical neurons during aging.

Fred Loya January 2002 - May 2003
Research Project: The acquisition and expression of conditionedfFear: The role of NMDA receptors and voltage-gated calcium channels in the amygdala.
Currently at University of California, Deptartment of Psychology.

Jennifer Lee - September 2003 - May 2004
Research Project: Human perirhinal cortex: Its function in learning and memory.

Lea Oksman - September 2003 - May 2004
Research Project: Incorporation blocking into a computational model for fear conditioning.

Lisa Wygant - May 2002 - May 2004
Research Project: Age-related changes in the morphology and distribution of Calretinin-immunoreactive neurons in perirhinal cortex of the rat brain.
Currently at Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry

Amar Patel - June 2004 - May 2005
Research Project: Quantification of myelin content in rat cortex. Currently at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Abraham Kim- Summer 2004 - May 2006
Research Project: Conditioning-induced changes in rat perirhinal cortex and phosphorylated ERK expression. Currently sudying at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Lauren Jones - September 2005 - May 2006
Research Project: Deconstruction the complexity of 22kHz ultrasonic vocalizations with differential fear conditioning. Attending graduate school at University of Washington - Department of Psychology in Neurobiology and Behavior.

Kenya Lyons September 2006 - December 2006
Research Project: Trace fear conditioning.

Lindsay Eisenberg September 2005 - May 2007
Research Project: Phosphorylated ERK in rat perirhinal cortex.

High School Students:

Fiona Woods - 2007 - 2008
Research Project: Computational model of timing in cortical neurons.
Won multiple awards for her research.

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