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Neuroscience Graduate Student Handbook (revised July 28, 2014)

Fall 2014 Course List

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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
Amy M. Belfi Neurology Daniel T Tranel
Amanda M Benavides Psychiatry Peg Nopoulos
Jada Bittle Rotating Rotating
Lara Cemo Rotating Rotating
Kuan-Hua Chen Neurology Steve Anderson
Rachel A. Clark Psychology Michelle Voss
Kyle Dayton Rotating Rotating
Ian J. DeVolder Psychiatry Peg Nopoulos
Eric Emmons Neurology Nandakumar Narayanan
Michael V. Freedberg Psychology Eliot Hazeltine
Kameko M. Halfmann Neurology Natalie Denburg
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 Rotating Rotating
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
Georgina L. Moreno Neurology Natalie Denburg
Victoria Muller Ewald Rotating Rotating
Kaitlin Murray Neurology Daniel Tranel
Catherine J. Neff Anatomy C. Andrew Frank
Katrina Okerstrom Rotating Rotating
Jeffrey M. Plume Pediatrics Daniel J Bonthius
Alan M. Plumeau Psychology Mark Blumberg
Katherine L. Proch Neurology George Richerson
Arianna Rigon
Communication Disorders and Sciences
Psychology
Jacob Rysted Pharmacology Yuriy Usachev
Kayleen Schreiber Psychology Bob McMurray
Elizabeth Spartz Rotating Rotating
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

Graduates

  • Rebecca J. Taugher
    2009
    06/02/2014

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

  • Jake C. Kurczek
    2009
    04/28/2014

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

    Post-Doctoral Fellow, York University and Rotman Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario Canada
  • Calvin Carter
    2009
    04/25/2014

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

  • Natassia V. Gaznick
    2010
    02/28/2014

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

    Clinical Rotations, Univ. of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • 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"”

    Clinical Rotations, Univ. of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • 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, Paulson Lab
  • Mark Lobas
    2007
    09/25/2013

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

  • Huy Nguyen
    2009
    04/25/2013

    “Dystroglycan in Cerebellar Development and Disease”

  • Megan Keiser
    2007
    03/14/2013

    “Gene Therapies for Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 1”

    Postdoctoral Reserach Scholar, Internal Medicine, Beverly Davidson Lab, UIHC Hospitail and Clinics
  • Erik Asp
    2006
    04/25/2012

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

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Nancy Andreasen Lab, UIHC Hospital and Clinics
  • Rupa Gupta
    2007
    04/06/2012

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

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Linda Watson Lab
  • Bradley Taber-Thomas
    2008
    12/01/2011

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

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Penn State University Department of Psychology, Koraly Perez-Edgar Lab
  • Kara Gordon
    2006
    11/04/2011

    “"TorsinA and Protein Quality Control"”

    Postdoc, Dept. of Pediatrics, Univ of California-San Diego
  • Pamela Wernett
    2006
    11/02/2011

    ““THE EFFECTS OF MED12 VARIATION UPON CELL CYCLE PROGRESSION AND DIFFERENTIAL GENE EXPRESSION””

    Health Program Specialist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in the Extramural Research Program - Neurodegeneration. Bethesda, MD.
  • Joshua Cosman
    2006
    10/28/2011

    “The role of learning in visual distraction”

    Postdoctoral Scholar-Research, Vanderbilt University Psychology Department, Geoffrey F. Woodman Lab
  • Kelly C Rowe (Bijanki)
    2007
    08/23/2011

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

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Univ. of Iowa, Dept of Psychiatry, Nancy Andreasen Lab
  • Carissa Philippi
    2006
    07/12/2011

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

    Postdoctoral Trainee, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison, Dept of Psychiatry, Michael Koenigs Lab and Giulio Tononi's Lab
  • 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”

    Postdoctoral Position - 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, Integrated DNA Technologies, Coralville, Iowa
  • Kanchna Ramchandran
    2006
    12/10/2010

    “The Neuropsychological Correlates of Leadership Effectiveness”

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Univ of Iowa, Dept. of Psychiatry, Nancy Andreasen Lab
  • Tim Koscik
    2006
    12/03/2010

    “Social Inference and the Evolution of the Human Brain”

    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Dept of Psychology
  • 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 Training - UCSD La Spada Lab, Dept. of Pediatrics
  • Chad Leugers
    04/14/2010

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

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

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

    Resident - University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Neurology
  • Lavanya Vijayaraghavan
    2001
    12/02/2009

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

    Research Fellow, The Institute of Neurosciences, Voluntary Health Services Medical Centre, Taramani Chennai
  • Yishan Sun
    2004
    12/01/2009

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

    PostDoc: Stanford Univ School of Medicine - Department of Neurobiology
  • Matthew McNeill
    2004
    11/24/2009

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

    Postdoc - University of Illinois - Urbana
  • Andrew Garrett
    2005
    11/23/2009

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

    Postdoc. Burgess Laboratory, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Janelle Beadle
    2005
    11/18/2009

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

    Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Univ of Iowa, Dept. of Psychiatry
  • Katie Croft
    2004
    08/28/2009

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

    Upper School Science Faculty - The Hockaday School, Dallas Texas
  • David Driscoll
    2003
    07/15/2009

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

    Laboratory Supervisor, Developmental Brain Lab - Univ of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Amy Jongeling
    2003
    06/01/2009

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

    Resident, Neurology, Columbia Univ
  • Aaron Boes
    2005
    05/01/2009

    “Neuroanatomical Correlates of Externalizing Behavior”

    Resident, Pediatrics, University of California-San Diego Medical Center
  • Vivian Costa
    2003
    04/23/2009

    “Effects of ASIC2a and ASIC3 Overexpression in Transgenic Mice”

    Postdoctoral Fellow-Toxicology Neurophysiologist at Naval Medical Research Unit - Dayton
  • Aislinn Williams
    2004
    12/12/2008

    “A role for the acid-sensing ion channel -1a in anxiety and depression-related behaviors”

    Resident - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • Matthew Coryell
    2002
    07/18/2008

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

  • Christopher Kovach
    2003
    06/03/2008

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

    Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Human Brain Research Lab (Matthew Howard III),Neurosurgery, Univ of Iowa College of Medicine
  • 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”

    Postdoctoral Fellow Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Scott Schachtele
    2002
    04/04/2008

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

    Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Jim Lokensgard's lab, Department of Infectious Disease, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Sahib Khalsa
    2004
    04/02/2008

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

    Resident, Psychaitry UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience
  • 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”

    Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Maria Lafaile's Lab, NYU Medical Center School of Medicine, Skirtball Institute of Biomolecular 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 Scientics, Univ of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Dept of Cardiology
  • Rick Nelson
    2002
    04/01/2007

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

    Resident, Otolaryngology, UIHC
  • Beth Turner
    2000
    11/20/2006

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

    Postdoc - Olin Health Center
  • William Graves
    2001
    07/14/2006

    “Distinguishing the Neural Bases of Lexical Access”

    Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Language Imaging Laboratory, The Medical College of Wisconsin
  • 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, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Yuan Lu
    2001
    07/06/2006

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

    Postdoc - NIH
  • 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, Departmentof 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”

    Psychiatrist - Private Practice

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