Current Students

Neuroscience Graduate Student Handbook (revised July 10, 2015)

Spring 2015 Course List

Division of Sponsored Programs

Important information about services dedicated to graduate and professional students at all stages of their graduate career. These services include:

Help identifying goals for funding and academic timelines, key search terms, effective search strategies, and time management tips. Access to subscription databases, government agency databases, private sources, foundations, UI Grant Bulletin, application information, and other funding links. Review of funding applications, feedback, and help with grant writing skills through individual appointments. Assistance for students with the required UIRIS electronic routing form and help with post-award non-financial administration. Creation of customized presentations for student groups or seminars related to DSP services, funding search strategies, or grant writing skills. Free printing and photocopying of proposals, free phone calls and fax to funding sources, and free courier services to deliver applications.
Department(s) Lab
Stephanie L. Alberico Neurology Nandakumar Narayanan
Amanda M Benavides Psychiatry Peg Nopoulos
Jada Bittle Psychiatry Hanna Stevens, MD, PhD
Lara Cemo Psychology John Freeman
Kuan-Hua Chen Neurology Steve Anderson
Rachel A. Clark Psychology Michelle Voss
Kyle Dayton Rotating Rotating
Benjamin J DeCorte Rotating Rotating
Ian J. DeVolder Psychiatry Peg Nopoulos
Eric Emmons Neurology Nandakumar Narayanan
Michael V. Freedberg Psychology Eliot Hazeltine
Serena (Banu) Gumusoglu Rotating Rotating
Gail I Harmata Rotating Rotating
Atulya Iyengar Biology Chun-Fang Wu
Thomas D. James Anatomy C. Andrew Frank
Frank J. Jareczek Anesthesia Donna Hammond
Tyron Jensen Psychiatry John Wemmie
Shane Johnson Psychology Jason Radley
Austin B. Keeler Biology Joshua Weiner
James Kent Psychology Michelle Voss
Nathaniel B. Klooster Communication Disorders and Sciences Melissa Duff
Arianna RS Lark Anesthesia Toshi Kitamoto
Jessica K Lee Psychiatry Peg Nopoulos
Guanghao (Max) Liu Internal Medicine Dr. Gloria Lee
Cory A. Massey Neurology George Richerson
Jacob McGlashon Neurology George Richerson
Victoria Muller Ewald Psychology Ryan T LaLumiere
Kaitlin Murray Neurology Daniel Tranel
Catherine J. Neff Anatomy C. Andrew Frank
Maria F Noterman Psychiatry Andrew Pieper
Katrina Okerstrom Neurology
Stacey Peek Rotating Rotating
Jeffrey M. Plume Pediatrics Daniel J Bonthius
Alan M. Plumeau Psychology Mark Blumberg
Katherine L. Proch Neurology George Richerson
Benton S Purnell Rotating Rotating
Arianna Rigon
Communication Disorders and Sciences
Psychology
Jacob Rysted Pharmacology Yuriy Usachev
Kayleen Schreiber Psychology Bob McMurray
Madeliene Stump Pharmacology
Matthew J. Sutterer
Neurology
Neurosurgery
Jessica R. Thomas Physiology Amy Lee
Annie E. Tye Molecular Physiology and Biophysics Andy Russo
Brittany Williams Physiology Amy Lee

Upcoming Thesis Defenses

“TBD”

Joshua A. Weiner, Ph.D.
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
B20 Biology Building

“TBD”

Peg Nopoulos
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
2117 MERF

Graduates

  • Kameko M. Halfmann
    2010
    04/15/2015

    “"Emotion and Decision-Making in the Aging Brain"”

    Visitng Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Gehl-Mulva Science Center
  • Georgina L. Moreno
    2009
    04/13/2015

    “"The effects of stress on decision making and the prefrontal cortex among older adults"”

  • Amy M. Belfi
    2010
    04/08/2015

    “"A neuropsychological investigation of music, emotion, and autobiographical memory"”

    Postdoctoral Associate, Dept. of Psychology, New York Univ.
  • Rebecca J. Taugher
    2009
    06/02/2014

    ““Exploring the role of ASIC1A in mouse models of anxiety"”

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Psychiatry, UIOWA
  • Jake C. Kurczek
    2009
    04/28/2014

    “"Hippocampal contributions to language: an examination of referential processing and narrative in amnesia"”

    Visitng Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychology, Haverford College
  • Calvin Carter
    2009
    04/25/2014

    “"Characterizing the role of primary cilia in neural progenitor cell development and neonatal hydrocephalus"”

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Pediatrics, UIOWA
  • Natassia V. Gaznick
    2010
    02/28/2014

    “"The Role of the Striatum in Impulsivity and Self-awareness: Neuropsychological and Functional Neuroimaging Approaches."”

    Resident, Dept. of Psychiatry, Univ, of California-San Diego
  • Nicholas S. Gregory
    2010
    01/30/2014

    “"Why it hurts to exercise: a study of sex, acid sensing ion channels, and fatigue metabolites in the onset of muscle pain"”

    Resident, Dept. of Anesthesia, Washington Univ.
  • Kelsey L. Whittier
    2010
    12/06/2013

    “G-Protein Coupled Receptor Expression in Medulloblastoma Subgroups: Identifying and Exploiting Molecular Targets”

    Resident, Dept. Obstetrics$ Gynecology, Washington Univ
  • Hayley S. McLoughlin
    2009
    11/04/2013

    “"MicroRNA Regulation of Central Nervous System Development and Their Species-Specific Roles in Evolution.”

    Post-doc, Univ of Michigan Health System, Dept of Neurology
  • Mark Lobas
    2007
    09/25/2013

    “"Novel roles for the gamma-protocadherines in the choroid plexus"”

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Physiology, UCLA
  • Huy Nguyen
    2009
    04/25/2013

    “Dystroglycan in Cerebellar Development and Disease”

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford Univ
  • Megan Keiser
    2007
    03/14/2013

    “Gene Therapies for Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 1”

    Postdoctoral Reserach Fellow, Dept. of Hematology, Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania
  • Erik Asp
    2006
    04/25/2012

    “Is the prefrontal cortex the brain's skeptic? The neuroanatomical correlates of belief and doubt”

    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Hamline Univ
  • Rupa Gupta Gordon
    2007
    04/06/2012

    “The Effects of Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex Damage on Interpersonal Coordination in Social Interaction”

    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
  • Bradley Taber-Thomas
    2008
    12/01/2011

    “A model of the neural bases of predecisional processes: the fronto-limbic information acquisition network”

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Psychology, Pennsylvania State Univ
  • Kara Gordon
    2006
    11/04/2011

    “"TorsinA and Protein Quality Control"”

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, UCSD
  • Pamela Wernett
    2006
    11/02/2011

    “The effects of MED12 variation upon cell cycle progression and differential gene expression.”

    Health Science Policy Analyst, National Institutes of Health
  • Joshua Cosman
    2006
    10/28/2011

    “The role of learning in visual distraction”

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Psychology, Vanderbilt Univ
  • Kelly C Rowe (Bijanki)
    2007
    08/23/2011

    “Beyond the cortex: Implications of white matter connectivity for depression, cognition, and vascular disease”

    Postdoctoral Fellow, MHCRC-Outpatient, UIOWA
  • Carissa Philippi
    2006
    07/12/2011

    “The Dynamic Self: Exploring the Critical Role of the Default Mode Network in Self Referential Processing”

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Psychiatry, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ellen van der Plas
    2007
    07/08/2011

    “Social Functioning and Brain Structure in Adolescents and Young Adults with Isolated Cleft Lip and/or Palate”

    Postdoc - Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario
  • Hans Packer
    2004
    04/25/2011

    “A dominant negative over expression model of mammalian MED12 function”

    Science Writer, Dept. of Scientific Communications, Integrated DNA Technologies
  • Kanchna Ramchandran
    2006
    12/10/2010

    “The Neuropsychological Correlates of Leadership Effectiveness”

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Psychiatry, UIHC
  • Tim Koscik
    2006
    12/03/2010

    “Social Inference and the Evolution of the Human Brain”

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Psychology, Univ of Toronto
  • Audrey Dickey
    2004
    11/22/2010

    “Role of PP2A/Bb2 and PKA/AKAP1 in brain development and function via dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1) control of mitochondria shape and bioenergetics”

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Pediatrics. Univ of California-San Diego School of Medicine
  • Chad Leugers
    04/14/2010

    ““A novel function for microtubule associated protein Tau in growth factor-induced MAPK signaling””

    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology and Chemistry, Morningside College
  • Hannah Klein de Licona
    2005
    04/05/2010

    “Congenital LCM virus:  Mechanism of brain disease in a rat model of congenital viral infection”

    Resident, Dept. of Neurology, UIHC
  • Lavanya Vijayaraghavan
    2001
    12/02/2009

    “The effects of age at onset of major depressive disorder on motivation”

    Research Coordinator, MS Ramaiah Indic Centre for Ayurved & Integrative Medicine, Gokula Education Foundation
  • Yishan Sun
    2004
    12/01/2009

    “TRP ion channels contribute to gravity sensing and spatial orientation in drosophila

    Investigator, Research Dept. Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
  • Matthew McNeill
    2004
    11/24/2009

    “An investigation of pigmentation and motility defects in zebrafish transient receptor potential melasatin 7 mutant embryos”

    Bioinformatics Scientist, Dept. Product Development, Integrated DNA Technologies
  • Andrew Garrett
    2005
    11/23/2009

    “Control of synaptogenesis and dendritic arborization by the gamma-protocadherin family of adhesion molecules”

    Postdoctoral Associate, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Janelle Beadle
    2005
    11/18/2009

    “The neuroanatomical basis of empathy:  Is empathy impaired following damage to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex?”

    Research Scientist, Dept. of Communication Sciences & Disorders, UIOWA
  • Katie Croft
    2004
    08/28/2009

    “Exploring the role of ventromedial prefrontal cortex in human social learning: A lesion study”

    Science Faculty, Science Dept., The Hockaday School
  • David Driscoll
    2003
    07/15/2009

    “The effects of prefrontal cortex damage on the regulation of emotion”

    Health Science Specialist, Research Service, Dept of Veteran Affairs
  • Amy Jongeling
    2003
    06/01/2009

    “Ramifications of Persistent Pain for the Action of Opioids in the Locus Coeruleus”

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurological Institute, Columbia Univ.
  • Aaron Boes
    2005
    05/01/2009

    “Neuroanatomical Correlates of Externalizing Behavior”

    Pediatric Neurologist, Pediatric Neurology
  • Vivian Costa Vralsted
    2003
    04/23/2009

    “Effects of ASIC2a and ASIC3 Overexpression in Transgenic Mice”

    Community Outreach Director, Team Red, White and Blue, Tucson AZ
  • Aislinn J Williams
    12/01/2008

    ““Toxic Intermediates and Protein Quality Control in the Polyglutamine Disease, SCA3"”

    Research Fellow Clinical Lecturer, Dept. of Psychiatry, Univ of Michigan
  • Matthew Coryell
    2002
    07/18/2008

    “A Role for the Acid-Sensing Ion Channel-1a in Anxiety and Depression-Related Behaviors”

    Patent Attorney, Dept. of Intellectual Property, Davis Brown Law Firm
  • Christopher Kovach
    2003
    06/03/2008

    “Making Sense of Eye Movements: A Generalized Linear Modeling Framework”

    Assistant Research Scientist, Dept. of Neurology, UIHC
  • Diana Gallegos
    2002
    04/25/2008

    “Learning in Alzheimer's Disease is Facilitated by Social Interaction and Common Ground”

  • Jihye Lee
    2000
    04/18/2008

    “Effects of K and Ca channel mutations on synaptic function and growth at Drosophilia larval neuromuscular junctions”

    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Oral Pathology, School of Dentistry, Pusan National Univ, Yangsan-Si Korea
  • Scott Schachtele
    2002
    04/04/2008

    “Synaptogenesis in the Auditory Cortex of Hearing and Deafened Rats”

    Life Science Content Developer, Bio-Teche, R&D Systems Inc.
  • Sahib Khalsa
    2004
    04/02/2008

    “The Effect of Medication on Awareness and Regulation of Internal Body States”

    Director of Clinical Studies, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Community Medicine, Univ of Tulsa
  • Adrienne Benediktsson
    2001
    07/07/2007

    “Imaging of Astrocyte Structure and the Distribution and Dynamics of GLT-1a in Organotypic Hippocampal Slice Cultures”

    Assistant Professor, Mount Royal Univ, Chemical & Biological Sciences Depts.
  • Daniela Anghelina
    2002
    06/19/2007

    “Contributions of Different T Cell Subsets to Coronavirus Neuropathology”

    Research Associate, Depts. of Microbiology & Immunology, Weil Cornell College of Medicine
  • Jakob Satz
    1998
    04/18/2007

    “Dystroglycan in CNS Development and Disease”

    Research Scientist, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Shunguang Wei
    2002
    04/09/2007

    “Angiotensin II-stimulated Mitogen-activated Protein kinases Regulate the Expression of Brain Angiotensin Type 1 Receptors in Heart Failure”

    Assistant Research Scientist, Dept. of Internal Medicine, UIHC
  • Rick Nelson
    2002
    04/01/2007

    “Fbx2: Novel Mechanisms for Glycoprotein Destruction and Links to Hearing and Memory”

    Assistant Professor, Dept. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Univ of Indiana
  • Myung-Jun Kim
    2000
    12/15/2006

    “Regulation Of Developmental Transitions By Ppk1-Expressing Sensory Neurons in Drosophila Larvae: A Role For Ros As A Developmental Cue”

    Postdoctoral Associate, College of Biological Sciences, Univ of Minnesota
  • Beth Turner Anderson
    2000
    11/20/2006

    “Sex, Drugs, and Driving: The Effects of Marijuana”

    Research Scientist, Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center, Hartford Hospital
  • William Graves
    2001
    07/14/2006

    “Distinguishing the Neural Bases of Lexical Access”

    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Rutgers Univ - Newark
  • Kirill Nourski
    2001
    07/10/2006

    “Acoustic-electric Interaction in the Auditory Nerve: Simultaneous and Forward Masking of the Electrically Evoked Compound Action Potential”

    Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurosurgery, UIHC
  • Yuan Lu
    2001
    07/06/2006

    “Developmentally Regulated Role of PKA Anchoring by AKAP150 in Synaptic Plasticity”

    Associate, Dept of Psychiatry, UIHC
  • Michael Koenigs
    2002
    06/23/2006

    “A Novel Role for Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex in Emotion and Decision-making: Lesion Studies of Moral Judgment, Economic Choice, and Brand Preference”

    Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Ana Hutton Kehrberg
    1999
    06/06/2006

    “Neuronal Nitric Oxide Protects the Developing Cerebellum against Alcohol-induced Functional and Cellular Deficits”

    University of Kentucky, Department of Psychology
  • Nasir Naqvi
    2000
    04/04/2006

    “The Effects of Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex Lesions on Emotional Responses to Cigarette Smoking”

    Fellow addition Psychiatry, Dept. of Psychiatry, Columbia Univ
  • Joseph Addison Buckwalter V
    2000
    06/22/2005

    “Neural system of the medial parietal cortex (precuneus) of the macaque monkey (Macaca Fascicularis)”

    House Staff I, Dept of Othopaedic Surgery, UIHC
  • Gumei Li
    2000
    06/21/2005

    “CNS Gene Therapy for lysosomal storage disease”

    Commissioner Fellow, FDA
  • Sokol Todi
    2001
    04/21/2005

    “Investigating Auditory Transduction Functions of Myosin Viia In Drosophila Melanogaster”

    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology & Neurology, Wayne State Univ

“Coming from the west coast, I was apprehensive about life in the mid-west, but I can honestly say that I absolutely love Iowa City.  It is a great and easy place to live and go to school, and has a wide variety of extra-curricular activities – from music to outdoor activities, there is a ton going on! Additionally, everyone really is quite nice, and there is an easy-going, collaborative feel at the University that I really appreciate.”