Neuroscience Alumni

  • Stephanie L. Alberico
    (Defended 10/13/2017; entered program 2012)
    “Striataal neurons in the development of levodopa-induced dyskinesias in Parkinson's disease”
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Columbia University Medical Center - Department of Neurology
  • Arianna Rigon
    (Defended 07/13/2017; entered program 2012)
    “Structural and functional neural networks underlying facial affect recognition impairment following traumatic brain injury”
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vanderbilt University - Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences
  • Kayleen Schreiber
    (Defended 04/04/2017; entered program 2012)
    “Who cares who’s talking? The influence of talker gender on how listeners hear speech.”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Technical Communicator, Medpace Inc.
  • Frank J. Jareczek
    (Defended 11/04/2016; entered program 2012)
    “Mechanistic Bases for the Adverse Interaction of Nicotine and Chronic Pain”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
  • Annie E. Tye
    (Defended 07/19/2016; entered program 2011)
    “Cortical spreading depression upregulates calcitonin gene-related peptide expression in the ipsilateral cerebral cortex”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
  • Arianna RS Lark
    (Defended 07/19/2016; entered program 2010)
    “The roles of a unique g-protein coupled dual receptor for dopamine and steroids in neuronal physiology and behavior”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Virginia Commonwealth University - Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology
  • Jacob McGlashon
    (Defended 05/16/2016; entered program 2011)
    “Serotonin neurons maintain central mechanisms regulating metabolic homeostasis and are vital to thermogenic activation.”
  • Michael V. Freedberg
    (Defended 04/25/2016; entered program 2011)
    “Examining the effects of reward and punishment on incidental learning”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Post-doctoral Fellow, HJF, CNRM Neuroplasticity Project NIH
  • Atulya Iyengar
    (Defended 04/25/2016; entered program 2009)
    “An integrative analysis of neuronal hyperexcitability, central pattern generation and aberrant motor behavior through the lens of drosophila neurogenetics”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Univ of Iowa, Department of Biology, Wu Lab
  • Nathaniel B. Klooster
    (Defended 04/22/2016; entered program 2011)
    “The hippocampus and semantic memory beyond acquisition: A lesion study of hippocampalcontributions to the maintenance, updating, and use of remote semantic memory”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Pereleman School of Medicine - Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Madeliene Stump
    “The Role of Brain PPARγ in Regulation of Energy Balance and Glucose Homeostasis”
  • Cory A. Massey
    (Defended 12/01/2015; entered program 2009)
    “5-HT Neurons and CO2 Chemoreception: Effects Of Anesthetics, Development, and Genetic Background”
    Current position:
    Postdoc, Jeff Noebels Lab, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Amanda M Benavides
    (Defended 12/01/2015; entered program 2011)
    “Early Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Preterm Infants: Visual Working Memory, Attention, & Encoding Speed”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
  • Ian J. DeVolder
    (Defended 11/30/2015; entered program 2010)
    “Language and reading dysfunction in boys with isolated cleft lip and/or palate: a relationship to abnormal structural and functional connectivity in the brain”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
  • Jessica K Lee
    (Defended 11/24/2015; entered program 2010)
    “Fronto-Striatal Circuitry in Children at Risk for Huntington's Disease”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan, School of Kinesiology
  • Kuan-Hua Chen
    (Defended 11/23/2015; entered program 2009)
    “Emotion dynamics and automobile driving in normal and abnormal aging”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of California-Berkley - Institute of Personality and Social Research
  • Matthew J. Sutterer
    (Defended 11/19/2015; entered program 2010)
    “Plasticity and reorganization of brain networks subserving decision-making and emotion”
    Current position:
    Science and Technology Policy Fellow, National Institute of Justice - Amerian Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Austin B. Keeler
    (Defended 10/09/2015; entered program 2009)
    “Branching out by sticking together: Elucidating mechanisms of gamma-protocadherin control of dendrite arborization”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Research Associate, Unviersity of Virginia, College & Graduate School of Arts and Sciences - Department of Biology
  • Kameko M. Halfmann
    (Defended 04/15/2015; entered program 2010)
    “Emotion and Decision-Making in the Aging Brain”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Visiting Assistant Professor - St. Norbert College, Department of Psychology
  • Georgina L. Moreno
    (Defended 04/13/2015; entered program 2009)
    “The effects of stress on decision making and the prefrontal cortex among older adults”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Assistant Professor, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Department of Psychology
  • Amy M. Belfi
    (Defended 04/08/2015; entered program 2010)
    “A neuropsychological investigation of music, emotion, and autobiographical memory”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Associate, Dept. of Psychology, New York Univ.
  • Rebecca J. Taugher
    (Defended 06/02/2014; entered program 2009)
    “Exploring the role of ASIC1A in mouse models of anxiety”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Psychiatry, UIOWA
  • Jake C. Kurczek
    (Defended 04/28/2014; entered program 2009)
    “Hippocampal contributions to language: an examination of referential processing and narrative in amnesia”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Assistant Professor, Loras College - Department of Psychology
  • Calvin Carter
    (Defended 04/25/2014; entered program 2009)
    “Characterizing the role of primary cilia in neural progenitor cell development and neonatal hydrocephalus”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Pediatrics, UIOWA
  • Natassia V. Gaznick
    (Defended 02/28/2014; entered program 2010)
    “The Role of the Striatum in Impulsivity and Self-awareness: Neuropsychological and Functional Neuroimaging Approaches.”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Resident, Dept. of Psychiatry, Univ, of California-San Diego
  • Nicholas S. Gregory
    (Defended 01/30/2014; entered program 2010)
    “Why it hurts to exercise: a study of sex, acid sensing ion channels, and fatigue metabolites in the onset of muscle pain”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Resident, Dept. of Anesthesia, Washington Univ.
  • Kelsey L. Whittier
    (Defended 12/06/2013; entered program 2010)
    “G-Protein Coupled Receptor Expression in Medulloblastoma Subgroups: Identifying and Exploiting Molecular Targets”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Resident, Dept. Obstetrics$ Gynecology, Washington Univ
  • Hayley S. McLoughlin
    (Defended 11/04/2013; entered program 2009)
    “MicroRNA Regulation of Central Nervous System Development and Their Species-Specific Roles in Evolution.”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Post-doc, Univ of Michigan Health System, Dept of Neurology
  • Mark Lobas
    (Defended 09/25/2013; entered program 2007)
    “Novel roles for the gamma-protocadherines in the choroid plexus”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Physiology, UCLA
  • Huy Nguyen
    (Defended 04/25/2013; entered program 2009)
    “Dystroglycan in Cerebellar Development and Disease”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford Univ
  • Megan Keiser
    (Defended 03/14/2013; entered program 2007)
    “Gene Therapies for Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 1”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Reserach Fellow, Dept. of Hematology, Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania
  • Erik Asp
    (Defended 04/25/2012; entered program 2006)
    “Is the prefrontal cortex the brain's skeptic? The neuroanatomical correlates of belief and doubt”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Hamline Univ
  • Rupa Gupta Gordon
    (Defended 04/06/2012; entered program 2007)
    “The Effects of Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex Damage on Interpersonal Coordination in Social Interaction”
    Current position:
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
  • Bradley Taber-Thomas
    (Defended 12/01/2011; entered program 2008)
    “A model of the neural bases of predecisional processes: the fronto-limbic information acquisition network”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Psychology, Pennsylvania State Univ
  • Kara Gordon
    (Defended 11/04/2011; entered program 2006)
    “TorsinA and Protein Quality Control”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, UCSD
  • Pamela Wernett
    (Defended 11/02/2011; entered program 2006)
    “The effects of MED12 variation upon cell cycle progression and differential gene expression.”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Health Science Policy Analyst, National Institutes of Health
  • Joshua Cosman
    (Defended 10/28/2011; entered program 2006)
    “The role of learning in visual distraction”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Psychology, Vanderbilt Univ
  • Kelly C Rowe (Bijanki)
    (Defended 08/23/2011; entered program 2007)
    “Beyond the cortex: Implications of white matter connectivity for depression, cognition, and vascular disease”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Research Faculty - Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Carissa Philippi
    (Defended 07/12/2011; entered program 2006)
    “The Dynamic Self: Exploring the Critical Role of the Default Mode Network in Self Referential Processing”
    Current position:
    Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Dept of Psychological Sciences
  • Ellen van der Plas
    (Defended 07/08/2011; entered program 2007)
    “Social Functioning and Brain Structure in Adolescents and Young Adults with Isolated Cleft Lip and/or Palate”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoc - Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario
  • Hans Packer
    (Defended 04/25/2011; entered program 2004)
    “A dominant negative over expression model of mammalian MED12 function”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Science Writer, Dept. of Scientific Communications, Integrated DNA Technologies
  • Kanchna Ramchandran
    (Defended 12/10/2010; entered program 2006)
    “The Neuropsychological Correlates of Leadership Effectiveness”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Psychiatry, UIHC
  • Tim Koscik
    (Defended 12/03/2010; entered program 2006)
    “Social Inference and the Evolution of the Human Brain”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Psychology, Univ of Toronto
  • Audrey Dickey
    (Defended 11/22/2010; entered program 2004)
    “Role of PP2A/Bb2 and PKA/AKAP1 in brain development and function via dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1) control of mitochondria shape and bioenergetics”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Pediatrics. Univ of California-San Diego School of Medicine
  • Chad Leugers
    “A novel function for microtubule associated protein Tau in growth factor-induced MAPK signaling”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology and Chemistry, Morningside College
  • Hannah Klein de Licona
    (Defended 04/05/2010; entered program 2005)
    “Congenital LCM virus:  Mechanism of brain disease in a rat model of congenital viral infection”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Resident, Dept. of Neurology, UIHC
  • Lavanya Vijayaraghavan
    (Defended 12/02/2009; entered program 2001)
    “The effects of age at onset of major depressive disorder on motivation”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Research Coordinator, MS Ramaiah Indic Centre for Ayurved & Integrative Medicine, Gokula Education Foundation
  • Yishan Sun
    (Defended 12/01/2009; entered program 2004)
    “TRP ion channels contribute to gravity sensing and spatial orientation in drosophila”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Investigator, Research Dept. Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
  • Matthew McNeill
    (Defended 11/24/2009; entered program 2004)
    “An investigation of pigmentation and motility defects in zebrafish transient receptor potential melasatin 7 mutant embryos”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Bioinformatics Scientist, Dept. Product Development, Integrated DNA Technologies
  • Andrew Garrett
    (Defended 11/23/2009; entered program 2005)
    “Control of synaptogenesis and dendritic arborization by the gamma-protocadherin family of adhesion molecules”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Associate, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Janelle Beadle
    (Defended 11/18/2009; entered program 2005)
    “The neuroanatomical basis of empathy:  Is empathy impaired following damage to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex?”
    Current position:
    Research Scientist, Dept. of Communication Sciences & Disorders, UIOWA
  • Katie Croft
    (Defended 08/28/2009; entered program 2004)
    “Exploring the role of ventromedial prefrontal cortex in human social learning: A lesion study”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Science Faculty, Science Dept., The Hockaday School
  • David Driscoll
    (Defended 07/15/2009; entered program 2003)
    “The effects of prefrontal cortex damage on the regulation of emotion”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Health Science Specialist, Research Service, Dept of Veteran Affairs
  • Amy Jongeling
    (Defended 06/01/2009; entered program 2003)
    “Ramifications of Persistent Pain for the Action of Opioids in the Locus Coeruleus”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurological Institute, Columbia Univ.
  • Aaron Boes
    (Defended 05/01/2009; entered program 2005)
    “Neuroanatomical Correlates of Externalizing Behavior”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Pediatric Neurologist, Pediatric Neurology
  • Vivian Costa Vralsted
    (Defended 04/23/2009; entered program 2003)
    “Effects of ASIC2a and ASIC3 Overexpression in Transgenic Mice”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Community Outreach Director, Team Red, White and Blue, Tucson AZ
  • Aislinn J Williams
    “Toxic Intermediates and Protein Quality Control in the Polyglutamine Disease, SCA3”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Research Fellow Clinical Lecturer, Dept. of Psychiatry, Univ of Michigan
  • Matthew Coryell
    (Defended 07/18/2008; entered program 2002)
    “A Role for the Acid-Sensing Ion Channel-1a in Anxiety and Depression-Related Behaviors”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Patent Attorney, Dept. of Intellectual Property, Davis Brown Law Firm, Des Moines Iowa Area
  • Christopher Kovach
    (Defended 06/03/2008; entered program 2003)
    “Making Sense of Eye Movements: A Generalized Linear Modeling Framework”
    Current position:
    Assistant Research Scientist, Dept. of Neurology, UIHC
  • Diana Gallegos
    (Defended 04/25/2008; entered program 2002)
    “Learning in Alzheimer's Disease is Facilitated by Social Interaction and Common Ground”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
  • Jihye Lee
    (Defended 04/18/2008; entered program 2000)
    “Effects of K and Ca channel mutations on synaptic function and growth at Drosophilia larval neuromuscular junctions”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Oral Pathology, School of Dentistry, Pusan National Univ, Yangsan-Si Korea
  • Scott Schachtele
    (Defended 04/04/2008; entered program 2002)
    “Synaptogenesis in the Auditory Cortex of Hearing and Deafened Rats”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Life Science Content Developer, Bio-Teche, R&D Systems Inc.
  • Sahib Khalsa
    (Defended 04/02/2008; entered program 2004)
    “The Effect of Medication on Awareness and Regulation of Internal Body States”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Director of Clinical Studies, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Community Medicine, Univ of Tulsa
  • Adrienne Benediktsson
    (Defended 07/07/2007; entered program 2001)
    “Imaging of Astrocyte Structure and the Distribution and Dynamics of GLT-1a in Organotypic Hippocampal Slice Cultures”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Assistant Professor, Mount Royal Univ, Department of Biology
  • Daniela Anghelina
    (Defended 06/19/2007; entered program 2002)
    “Contributions of Different T Cell Subsets to Coronavirus Neuropathology”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Research Associate, Depts. of Microbiology & Immunology, Weil Cornell College of Medicine
  • Jakob Satz
    (Defended 04/18/2007; entered program 1998)
    “Dystroglycan in CNS Development and Disease”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Research Scientist, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Shunguang Wei
    (Defended 04/09/2007; entered program 2002)
    “Angiotensin II-stimulated Mitogen-activated Protein kinases Regulate the Expression of Brain Angiotensin Type 1 Receptors in Heart Failure”
    Current position:
    Assistant Research Scientist, Dept. of Internal Medicine, UIHC
  • Rick Nelson
    (Defended 04/01/2007; entered program 2002)
    “Fbx2: Novel Mechanisms for Glycoprotein Destruction and Links to Hearing and Memory”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Assistant Professor, Dept. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Univ of Indiana
  • Myung-Jun Kim
    (Defended 12/15/2006; entered program 2000)
    “Regulation Of Developmental Transitions By Ppk1-Expressing Sensory Neurons in Drosophila Larvae: A Role For Ros As A Developmental Cue”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Postdoctoral Associate, College of Biological Sciences, Univ of Minnesota
  • Beth Turner Anderson
    (Defended 11/20/2006; entered program 2000)
    “Sex, Drugs, and Driving: The Effects of Marijuana”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Research Scientist, Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center, Hartford Hospital
  • William Graves
    (Defended 07/14/2006; entered program 2001)
    “Distinguishing the Neural Bases of Lexical Access”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Rutgers Univ - Newark
  • Kirill Nourski
    (Defended 07/10/2006; entered program 2001)
    “Acoustic-electric Interaction in the Auditory Nerve: Simultaneous and Forward Masking of the Electrically Evoked Compound Action Potential”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurosurgery, UIHC
  • Yuan Lu
    (Defended 07/06/2006; entered program 2001)
    “Developmentally Regulated Role of PKA Anchoring by AKAP150 in Synaptic Plasticity”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Associate, Dept of Psychiatry, UIHC
  • Michael Koenigs
    (Defended 06/23/2006; entered program 2002)
    “A Novel Role for Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex in Emotion and Decision-making: Lesion Studies of Moral Judgment, Economic Choice, and Brand Preference”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Ana Hutton Kehrberg
    (Defended 06/06/2006; entered program 1999)
    “Neuronal Nitric Oxide Protects the Developing Cerebellum against Alcohol-induced Functional and Cellular Deficits”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    University of Kentucky, Department of Psychology
  • Nasir Naqvi
    (Defended 04/04/2006; entered program 2000)
    “The Effects of Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex Lesions on Emotional Responses to Cigarette Smoking”
    Current position:
    Fellow addition Psychiatry, Dept. of Psychiatry, Columbia Univ
  • Joseph Addison Buckwalter V
    (Defended 06/22/2005; entered program 2000)
    “Neural system of the medial parietal cortex (precuneus) of the macaque monkey (Macaca Fascicularis)”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    House Staff I, Dept of Othopaedic Surgery, UIHC
  • Gumei Li
    (Defended 06/21/2005; entered program 2000)
    “CNS Gene Therapy for lysosomal storage disease”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Commissioner Fellow, FDA
  • Sokol Todi
    (Defended 04/21/2005; entered program 2001)
    “Investigating Auditory Transduction Functions of Myosin Viia In Drosophila Melanogaster”
    Ph.D. Advisor(s):
    Current position:
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology & Neurology, Wayne State Univ

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