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Dan Feldman, Professor

Dan Feldman received his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Stanford University. He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). His laboratory was at UCSD from 2000-2007. He has been at UC Berkeley since 2007.

 
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Katie Smith, Lab Manager

My interests in and out of lab are geared towards animal health and behavior in relation to all creatures great and small (except roaches). In lab, I examine behavioral and neurological differences in mouse models of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Otherwise, I can usually be found outdoors walking my boxer or riding a horse--although I have also been found snorkeling, free diving, surfing, sky diving, sailing, skiing, camping, hiking and generally avoiding cities, phones and computers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Han Chin Wang, Postdoctoral Scientist

I'm interesting in understanding how we perceive the world and integrate information to guide our decision. I also like to play tennis and assemble model kits to create a miniature world.

 

Michelle Antoine, Postdoctoral Scientist

Autism Spectrum Disorders are genetically heterogeneous, as several hundred genetic variants have been identified that confer susceptibility to ASD. However, how these genetic variants might confer susceptibility and whether there is any functional link between them remains a mystery. My research is centered on understanding whether ASD can be more homogeneously defined by one or a few common motifs of neural circuit dysfunction.

 

Brian Isett, PhD Postdoctoral Scientist

I am interested in cortical activity during naturalistic behavior, and in particular, how neural activity across cortical layers encodes tactile objects during natural whisker exploration.  I write about the hardware and software I use, as well as other interests, on my blog http://www.brianisett.com.  In my free time I make weird electronic musical instruments.

 

Amy LeMessurier, PhD Candidate

I study how experience shapes sensory encoding. Specifically, I am interested in how normal sensory experience alters the temporal dynamics and spatial organization of whisker representation in S1. When I'm not doing science, I can be found petting or talking about my cat, climbing, making clothes, or eating noodles.

 

Keven Laboy-Juarez, PhD Candidate

 

 

Joe Aman, PhD Candidate

I'm interested in how cortical inhibitory circuits respond to changes in sensory input.  When I'm not patching neurons I enjoy cycling and eating/appreciating burritos.

 

Tomer Langberg, PhD Candidate

Hello! I'm interested in understanding how neurons adjust their firing during sensory experiences. I also research how sensory encoding is impacted in autism spectrum disorders. Otherwise, I'm playing guitar, listening to Bruce Springsteen, or hiking.

 

Sei Ahn, Research Assistant

I received my degree in MCB Neurobiology from UC Berkeley. As an undergraduate researcher, I studied how whisker sensory stimuli are spatially and functionally represented in the mouse primary somatosensory cortex (S1). I am now as a lab assistant studying the relative advantage of template matching over common average referencing -- both of which are spike-sorting mechanisms. Outside the lab, I love to play soccer and go biking in San Francisco.

Lab Alumni:

  • Brian Isett, PhD 2017
  • Kelly Clancy, PhD 2014 (Now postoc in the Mrsic-Flogel lab, University of Basel)
  • David House, PhD 2010
  • Renna Stevens, PhD 2010
  • Shantanu Jadhav, PhD 2008 (Now Assistant Professor at Brandeis)
  • Jason Wolfe, PhD 2007
  • DJ Brasier, PhD 2007
  • Vanessa Bender, PhD 2006
  • Kevin Bender, PhD 2005 (Now Assistant Professor at UCSF)
  • Cara Allen, PhD 2004
  • Melanie Gainey, postdoc 2012-2017 (Now Biology Library Faculty at Carnegie Mellon)
  • Phillipp Schnepel, postdoc 2014-2016 (Now postdoc in the Poulet lab, MDC-Berlin)
  • Justin Elstrott, postdoc 2010-2013
  • Ray Shao, postdoc 2008-2012
  • Toshio Miyashita, postdoc 2008-2012
  • Lu Li, postdoc 2007-2012
  • Sowmya Venkataramani, postdoc 2005-2007
  • Tansu Celikel, postdoc 2001-2003
  • Elisabeth Foeller, postdoc 2000-2003