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  • Thesis Documents and Deadlines

    Below are deadlines and guidelines for potential thesis writers. Please complete the appropriate form depending on whether you are enrolled in an independent research course (Neuro 91 or 99) or not.

    Potential Thesis Writer Enrolled in Neuro 91 or 99

    Thesis Writer NOT Enrolled in Neuro 91 or 99

    JUNIOR SPRING (6th semester)

    Combined Thesis Proposal and 91 Final Report
    Due: Wednesday, May 2, 5 PM

    Junior Thesis Proposal
    Due: Wednesday, May 2, 5 PM

    SENIOR YEAR (7th and 8th semester)

    See Thesis Guidelines
    Fall: Rough Draft
    Due: Fri, Dec 7, 5 PM

    Spring: Final Thesis
    Due: Friday, March 15, 5 PM

    See Thesis Guidelines
    Fall: Rough Draft
    Due: Fri, Dec 7, 5 PM

    Spring: Final Thesis
    Due: Friday, March 15, 5 PM

    JUNIOR SPRING (6th semester)
    SENIOR YEAR (7th and 8th semester)

    Potential Thesis Writer Enrolled in Neuro 91 or 99

    Combined Thesis Proposal and 91 Final Report
    Due: Wednesday, May 2, 5 PM

    See Thesis Guidelines
    Fall: Rough Draft
    Due: Fri, Dec 7, 5 PM

    Spring: Final Thesis
    Due: Friday, March 15, 5 PM

    Thesis Writer NOT Enrolled in Neuro 91 or 99

    Junior Thesis Proposal
    Due: Wednesday, May 2, 5 PM

    See Thesis Guidelines
    Fall: Rough Draft
    Due: Fri, Dec 7, 5 PM

    Spring: Final Thesis
    Due: Friday, March 15, 5 PM

  • 2018 Thesis Prize Winners

    Congratulations to Norma Hylton, the 2018 Dowling Prize winner! Link to the article about Norma’s thesis.

    Norma Hylton (l) and John Dowling

    (Class of 2018 Neurobiology Thesis Prize Winner Norma Hylton pictured with Dr. John Dowling.)

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    We would also like to congratulate our 2018 Hoopes Prize winners!

    Defne Altan: “Novel biomarkers for visceral and liver fat: Establishing a framework for testing the role of ectopic fat in cognitive impairment” (Kristal lab)

    Waverley He“Characterizing the Morphology and Interactions of Glia in the Developing Cerebellum” (Lichtman lab)

    Shreya Mathur: “Role of Nociceptors in Driving Antibody Class Switching in Allergic Inflammation” (Woolf lab)

    Hailey Novis: “Parkinson’s Disease- Linked Gene Products Alter Mitochondrial Function” (LaVoie lab)

  • Neuro Theses 2018

    Click here for the full set of 2018 Neurobiology Thesis Abstracts

    All for one and some for all? Using EEG and the N400 response to track online scalar implicature calculation in adults. Research Director: Dr. Jesse Snedeker

    Autonomic and brain activity concordance in patient/clinician dyads – a hyperscan fMRI study. Research Director: Dr. Vitaly Napadow

    Characterizing the Morphology and Interactions of Glia in the Developing Cerebellum. Research Director: Dr. Jeff Lichtman

    Comparative synaptic characteristics between human and rodents. Research Director: Dr. Jeff Lichtman

    Data Visualization Software for DBS and Classification of Intraoperative Targets. Research Director: Dr. Todd Herrington

    Developing Proteomic Techniques: Uncovering Potential Biomarkers for Rett Syndrome using Proteomic Analysis of Cerebrospinal Fluid. Research Director: Dr. Hanno Steen

    Development of a Novel Oncolytic Virus Targeting the PD-1/PD-L1 Pathway for Glioblastoma Treatment. Research Director: Dr. Sean Lawler

    Effects of Family History and Home Literacy Environment on Cortical Brain Structures in Pre-Reading Age Children. Research Director: Dr. Nadine Gaab

    Effects of Growth Stunting on Neural Functional Connectivity: An fNIRS Study of 3-year-olds in Bangladesh. Research Director: Dr. Chuck Nelson

    Elucidating the Therapeutic Benefits of Docosahexaenoic Acid for Major Depressive Disorder in Human iPSC-Derived Neuronal Cell Models. Research Director: Dr. Steve Haggarty

    Functional genetic screen in Drosophila on proteasome-modulated tau toxicity, A. Research Director: Dr. Mel Feany

    Genomic Imprinting: Analysis of dynamic genomic imprinting at the resolution of single cells. Research Director: Dr. Catherine Dulac

    Impact of Maternal Depression on the Relationship Between EEG and Behavioral Inhibition Through the First Three Years of Life. Research Director: Dr. Chuck Nelson

    Influence of Early-Life Stress on Sleep and Attentional Functions in Mice. Research Director: Dr. Takao Hensch

    Influence of Social Dominance on Competitive Foraging Behavior in Wild-Type and Shank3-Deficient Mice. Research Director: Dr. Ziv Williams

    Insights into amyloid-β42 aggregate structure from large-scale mutational data. Research Director: Dr. Sean Eddy

    Investigating GDF11’s Permeability through the Blood-Brain Barrier and its Effect on Cerebral Vasculature. Research Director: Dr. Lee Rubin

    Investigating the Relationship between Self-Punishment, Self-Criticism, the Experience of Pain and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury. Research Director: Dr. Jill Hooley

    Investigation of Altered Neural Response Variability as a Key Marker of Disordered Neural Development in Children with 16p11.2 Copy Number. Research Director: Dr. Chuck Nelson

    Lynx1 Enables Attentional Suppression under Sleep Need. Research Director: Dr. Takao Hensch

    Neural and Behavioral Effects of an Olfactory Masking Agent. Research Director: Dr. Venki Murthy

    Neurobiology of Nesting Behavior in Peromyscus: Striatal Activity during Nesting and Candidate Gene Expression Patterns in Peromyscus polionotus and P. maniculatus Brains. Research Director: Dr. Hopi Hoekstra

    Novel biomarkers for visceral and liver fat: Establishing a framework for testing the role of ectopic fat in cognitive impairment. Research Director: Dr. Bruce Kristal

    Novel microdialysis reporter illuminates genetic expression of the dopamine transporter in the brain of awake, free-moving rats. Research Director: Dr. Barak Caine

    Parkinson’s Disease-Linked Gene Products Alter Mitochondrial Function. Research Director: Dr. Matt LaVoie

    Patterns of cortical metabolism and their association with longitudinal neurodegeneration in the three clinical variants of Primary Progressive Aphasia. Research Director: Dr. Brad Dickerson

    Resting EEG Activity as Predictor of Treatment Response in Depressed Adolescents. Research Director: Dr. Randy Auerbach

    Role of Childhood Onset Schizophrenia and Epilepsy Genes in the Brain and Behavior. Research Director: Dr. Alex Schier

    Role of Nociceptors in Driving Antibody Class Switching in Allergic Inflammation. Research Director: Dr. Clifford Woolf

    Role of the Anterior Dorsal Striatum, Dorsolateral Striatum, and Posterior Tail of the Striatum in the Execution and Memory of Learned Motor Skills. Research Director: Dr. Nao Uchida

    Skilled manipulandum-based task for motor learning in mice. Research Director: Dr. Nao Uchida

    Transcriptomic Analysis of 3D Human Neural Cell Culture Model of Alzheimer’s Disease. Research Director: Dr. Doo Yeon Kim

    Viewpoint invariance of macaque inferotemporal cortex: continuity versus spontaneity in object recognition. Research Director: Dr. Marge Livingstone

    ZAP ZAP! An investigation into the capacities and neural loci of visual short term memory and visual manipulation through the use of transcranial direct current stimulation. Research Director: Dr. George Alvarez

  • Neuro Theses 2017

    Click here for the full set of 2017 Neurobiology Thesis Abstracts 

    Analyzing Superior Collicular Neuronal Circuitry in Mouse Models of Rett Syndrome. Research Director: Dr. Michela Fagiolini

    Characterizing CDKL5-mutant mouse models of Rett syndrome-like Disorders. Research Director: Dr. Michela Fagiolini

    Characterizing Trem2 expression for study of microglia-mediated synapse pruning. Research Director: Dr. Beth Stevens

    Computational Study of Adaptive Behaviors in a Mouse Model of Motor Control. Research Director: Dr. Nao Uchida

    Developing silencing strategies for unmyelinated mechanoreceptors and assessing the behavioral implications. Research Director: Dr. David Ginty

    Early Biomarkers for Anxiety: An event-related potential study on emotional face processing and internalizing traits in three-year olds. Research Director: Dr. Chuck Nelson

    Effects of inflammation on brain development in Bangladeshi children. Research Director: Dr. Chuck Nelson

    Effects of Microbubble-Enhanced MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound on the Expression of P-glycoprotein in the Blood-Brain Barrier. Research Director: Dr. Nathan McDannold

    Evaluating Phase-Amplitude Coupling As a Marker of Cognitive Development in Rural Pakistani Children. Research Director: Dr. Chuck Nelson

    Face ERPs at 9 Months Predict Later Social Behaviors. Research Director: Dr. Chuck Nelson

    Impact of Increased Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex Activity on Impulsivity. Research Director: Dr. Josh Buckholtz

    Impact of Maternal Stress and Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status on Infant Neurodevelopment at Two and Six Months. Research Director: Dr. Chuck Nelson

    Investigating the Relationship Between L2 Acquisition & White Matter Integrity: A Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study. Research Director: Dr. Gigi Luk

    Investigating the Role of Microglia in Synapse Loss in Alzheimer’s Disease Mouse Models. Research Director: Dr. Beth Stevens

    Longitudinal Deep Phenotyping of the Individual: Dynamics Associated with Real-World Stress. Research Director: Dr. Randy Buckner

    Modeling and Preventing Inclusions That Result from Alpha-Synuclein Dyshomeostasis. Research Director: Dr. Dennis Selkoe

    Modeling Trail Tracking Behaviors and Antennae Dynamics in Camponotus pennsylvanicus. Research Director: Dr. Venki Murthy

    Neural Basis of Social Hiearchy in Mus Musculus. Research Director: Dr. Catherine Dulac

    Regulating inhibitory interneuron circuits through the choroid plexus: A potential therapeutic target for Rett syndrome. Research Director: Dr. Takao Hensch

    Role of Microglia in the Regulation of Synapse Development and Survival of Adult-born Neurons in the Olfactory Bulb. [DOWLING PRIZE WINNER] Research Director: Dr. Venki Murthy

    Role of the SVA Retrotransposon Insertion in the Manifestation of X-Linked Dystonia Parkinsonism. Research Director: Dr. Cris Bragg

    Screening for clonal biases in the generation of retinal neural subtypes. Research Director: Dr. Ryan Draft

    Sensory Gating: From elevators to schizophrenia. Research Director: Dr. Bob Stickgold

    Tradeoff between cost and accuracy in model-free and model-based reinforcement learning systems. Research Director: Dr. Sam Gershman

    What to do when your baby monkey falls asleep in the scanner: A study on resting-state and stimulus-state functional connectivity in infant macaques. Research Director: Dr. Marge Livingstone

    What’s normal anyway? Day to day variation in brain structure and behavior of healthy individuals. Research Director: Dr. Randy Buckner

  • Neuro Theses 2016

    Click here for the .pdf containing the full 2016 Neurobiology Thesis Abstracts

    Analysis of Large Amino Acid Mutants in the APP C100-FLAG Sequence and Shifts in the Aβ42/40 Ratio. Research Director: Dr. Michael Wolfe

    Clustering MS Associated Risk Loci and Understanding Their Functional Effects in an Evolutionary Context. Research Director: Dr. Philip de Jager

    Computer Vision System for Mouse Sniff Detection. Research Director: Dr. Venki Murthy

    Cortical Development and Preferential Looking in Face-Deprived Juvenile Macaques. Research Director: Dr. Marge Livingstone

    Determining the Presence of a Residual Motor Memory in Songbird Vocal Learning. Research Director: Dr. Bence Ölveczky

    Discovering an action perception and comprehension impairment linked to cerebral palsy. Research Director: Dr. Alfonso Caramazza

    Dynamic regulation of the cholesterol biosynthetic pathway in glioblastoma multiforme. Research Director: Dr. Mark Johnson

    Effect of developmental activation of serotonergic neurons on adult aggression in Drosophila melanogaster. Research Director: Dr. Ed Kravitz

    Functionality Connectivity of Reward Circuitry in Patients with Bipolar Disorder and Cannabis Use Disorder. Research Director: Dr. Ann Shinn

    Identification of the releasing stimuli of pup-directed behaviors: biochemical and behavior studies. Research Director: Dr. Catherine Dulac [HOOPES WINNER]

    Identifying downstream effects of truncated DISC1 in human neuronal cells using iPSCs. Research Director: Dr. Tracy Young-Pearse

    Investigating Potential Targets of the Let-7 Complex: Dally-like and Folded Gastrulation. Research Director: Dr. Sam Kunes

    Investigating the Neural Correlates of Delay Discounting Across Mood Disorders:A High-Density Event Related Potential Study. Research Director: Dr. Diego Pizzagalli

    Language Outcomes in Toddlerhood for Infants at High-Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Language Disorder: The Association Between Brain and Behavior. Research Director: Dr. Chuck Nelson

    Locomotor plasticity in Drosophila melanogaster: A role for proprioception in acute response to injury. Research Director: Dr. Ben de Bivort [DOWLING PRIZE WINNER]

    Lynx1 Expression Mediates Attentional State. Research Director: Dr. Takao Hensch

    Maternal Anxiety and Infant Face-Processing: an event-related potential study. Research Director: Dr. Chuck Nelson

    MicroRNA-34 and its Targets Mediate Disease Phenotypes of the Synapse During Development. Research Director: Dr. David Van Vactor

    Molecular correlates of tumor size and MRI contrast enhancement in a cohort of lower-grade glioma patients. Research Director: Dr. Daniel Cahill

    Neuronal Basis of Burrowing Behavior in Peromyscus. Research Director: Dr. Hopi Hoekstra

    Organization of Second-Order Afferent Neurons in the Larval Zebrafish Posterior Lateral Line Circuit. Research Director: Dr. Florian Engert

    Role of CACNA1C gene variant in abnormal behavioral phenotypes and potential serotonergic neuropathology. Research Director: Dr. Kathryn Commons

    Role of the Pedunculopontine Tegmentum in Signaling Reward Prediction Error to Dopamine Neurons of the Ventral Tegmental Area. Research Director: Dr. Nao Uchida [GRADED SUMMA]

    Role of Twist-1 in cerebrovenous angiogenesis and neurodevelopment. Research Director: Dr. Elizabeth Engle

    Targeting inhibitory interneuron maturation in a mouse model of Rett Syndrome . Research Director: Dr. Michaela Fagiolini

    Thalamic Reticular Nucleus and Sleep. Research Director: Dr. Bob Stickgold

    Utilizing an In-Vitro Based Cell Model to Characterize the Pathogenic Mechanisms of C9ORF72-induced ALS-FTD. Research Director: Dr. Kevin Eggan

    Volitional (In)significance of Neuroscience: What Libetian Investigations Can and Cannot Do for Free Will. Research Director: Dr. Gabriel Kreiman [GRADED SUMMA]

  • Neuro Theses 2015

    Click here for the .pdf containing the full 2015 Neurobiology Thesis Abstracts

    Analyzing the behavior and neuronal circuits associated with the learning and memory related to aggression in Drosophila melanogaster. Research Director: Dr. Edward A. Kravitz

    • Characterization of a Novel Family of Odorant Receptors Associated with Innate Behavior. Research Director: Dr. Sandeep Robert Datta

    Characterization of the Activity of Glutamatergic Neurons in the Pedunculopontine Tegmentum During Decision-Making. Research Director: Dr. Naoshige Uchida

    Comparison of the nest-building behavior of Peromyscus polionotus and Peromyscus maniculatus as a mechanism of thermoregulation. Research Director: Dr. Hopi Hoekstra

    • Development and neural bases of happy and angry facial processing in infants: A study in NIRS and eye tracking. Research Director: Dr. Charles A. Nelson

    Differential Susceptibility to Early Adverse Experiences: The Effects of Oxytocin Receptor Gene Variations and Institutional Rearing on Emotional Processing. Research Director: Dr. Charles A. Nelson

    Evaluating the effects of candidate proteins on APP cleavage and Alzheimer’s disease phenotypes in human iPSC derived neurons. Research Director: Dr. Dennis Selkoe

    Evidence for Synchronous Theta and Gamma Oscillations during Ketamine-induced General Anesthesia. Research Director: Dr. Emery Brown

    • Examining Differences in the Default Mode Network between Individuals at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis and Healthy Controls in China. Research Director: Dr. Larry Seidman

    • Functional Investigation and Spatial Regulation of Chr15qD3 Imprinted Genes in the Brain. Research Director: Dr. Catherine Dulac

    • Inducible chronic overexpression of transcription factor Krüppel-like factor 9 (Klf-9) as a model for neurodegeneration. Research Director: Dr. Amar Sahay

    • Investigating Differences in Neural Activity of Young Children with and without Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Research Director: Dr. Margaret Sheridan

    Investigating Intrinsic Brain Networks in Adult and Pediatric Patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Research Director: Dr. David Borsook

    • Localizing subtypes of impulsivity to subregions of the striatum. Research Director: Dr. Joshua Buckholtz

    • Longitudinal Analysis of Depressive Symptoms and Neurocognitive Function in Men with and without HIV Infection and Heavy Cocaine Use. Research Director: Dr. Dana Gabuzda

    • Maternal care or neuronal despair? Impact of fragmented maternal care and the BDNF Val66Met polymorphism on the prefrontal cortex in mice. Research Director: Dr. Takao Hensch

    • Microglia Mediate Synapse Loss in Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease Via the Classical Complement Cascade. Research Director: Dr. Beth Stevens

    Microglia-Specific Contribution to Rett Syndrome Behavioral Phenotypes. Research Director: Dr. Beth Stevens

    • Microglial Responses to Environmental Enrichment in Alzheimer’s Disease Models. Research Director: Dr. Dennis Selkoe

    • Mindfulness meditation as a potential intervention to improve future self-continuity. Research Director: Dr. Sara Lazar

    Neural Correlates of Imitation in Children with ASD. Research Director: Dr. Charles A. Nelson

    • Optogenetic manipulation of hippocampal place cells causes impairment of stereotyped tracking behavior. Research Director: Dr. Venkatesh N. Murthy

    • Optogenetic stimulation of auditory corticofugal projections modulates activity in the auditory midbrain. Research Director: Dr. Daniel Polley

    Plasticity of dopaminergic neural circuits in the mouse olfactory bulb. Research Director: Dr. Venkatesh N. Murthy

    • Potential Contributor to Learning at the Intersection of Wakefulness and Sleep: The Role of Alpha Wave Activity in Spatial Memory Consolidation. Research Director: Dr. Robert Stickgold

    • Role of ABCD1 in Human Brain Microvascular Endothelium: Implications for Cerebral X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy. Research Director: Dr. Florian Eichler

    • Role of Kif21a in peripheral spinal motor and sensory neuron development. Research Director: Dr. Elizabeth Engle

    • Role of Ror  in retinal development and Age-related Macular Degeneration pathophysiology. Research Director: Dr. Neena Haider

    • Role of Vomeronasal Receptors Vmn2r65 and Vmn2r88 in Pheromone Detection. Research Director: Dr. Catherine Dulac

    Selectively Altering Intertemporal Decision-Making Using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation. Research Director: Dr. Joshua Buckholtz

    • Small molecule that binds Max, inhibits Myc activity and reduces the viability of human cancer cell lines. Research Director: Dr. Angela Koehler

    • Social Isolation Stress in Male and Female Rats: Role of Kappa Opioid Receptors. Research Director: Dr. Elena Chartoff

    • Sound Asleep: Auditory Reactivation of Emotional Memory Consolidation During Sleep. Research Director: Dr. Robert Stickgold

    • Use Of Stem Cells Loaded With Hyaluronidase-Expressing Oncolytic Viruses To Treat Malignant Brain Tumors. Research Director: Dr. Khalid Shah

    • Using Functional Connectivity to Understand Memory System Communication During Off-line Learning. Research Director: Dr. Edwin Robertson

    • Winner Effect in Female Dendrobates tinctorius Dominance Contests. Research Director: Dr. Lauren O’Connell

  • Neuro Theses 2014

    Click here for the .pdf containing the full 2014 Neurobiology Thesis Abstracts

    • Characterization of the Differences in Food Odor Naive Preference and Learning in C. elegans Males and Hermaphrodites. Research Director: Dr. Yun Zhang

    • Characterizing the Roles of Cholinergic and GABAergic Neurons in C. elegans Head Movement. Research Director: Dr. Yun Zhang

    • Circadian Activity Rhythm Disturbances and Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Cell Population Size in Elderly Humans. Research Director: Dr. Clifford Saper

    • Consolidation of Motor and Spatial Memory during Sleep in Relation to EEG Features, The. Research Director: Dr. Erin Wamsley

    • Contributions of estrogen and oral contraceptive use to sex differences in functional responding during fear extinction recall. Research Director: Dr. Mohammed Milad

    • Deconstructing the Moral Mind: An fMRI Investigation Mapping the Foundations of Moral Judgment. Research Director: Dr. Joshua Greene

    • Development and neural bases of happy face processing in infants: A study in fNIRS and temperament. Research Director: Dr. Charles A. Nelson

    • Development of Spatial Memory Abilities in Infants and Children: A Behavioral and Electrophysiological Study, Research Director: Dr. Charles A. Nelson

    • Developmental Regulation of TRP Channel Expression in Oligodendrocytes, Research Director: Dr. Paul A. Rosenberg

    • Diffusion tensor imaging of the stria terminalis in first episode schizophrenia. Research Director: Dr. Martha E. Shenton

    • Effects of CFEOM3 mutations in beta tubulin isotype III on cranial nerve development. Research Director: Dr. Elizabeth Engle

    • Emergence of Orientation Invariant Representations Within the Visual Cortex. Research Director: Dr. George Alvarez

    • Expert Symbol Learning, Invariant Visual Object Recognition and Value-Based Generalization.  Research Director: Dr. Margaret Livingstone

    • How does Socioeconomic Status Affect Children’s Executive Function? Examining Motivation and Neural Structure as Possible Mediating Factors. Research Director: Dr. Margaret Sheridan

    • Hyper-aggression, Long-term Consequences of Social Defeat, and Resilience in Drosophila melanogaster. Research Director: Dr. Edward A. Kravitz

    • Impact of Stress on Reward Responsiveness in Individuals with Remitted Major Depressive Disorder: An EEG Study, Research Director: Dr. Diego A. Pizzagalli

    • Interfacing three-dimensional macroporous nanowire nanoelectronic scaffolds with neural tissue in vivo. Research Director: Dr. Charles M. Lieber

    • Investigating Cell Surface Receptors of the Vagus Nerve. Research Director: Dr. Stephen Liberles

    • Investigating effects of the Behavioral Inhibition temperament construct on stimulus-driven affective attention and attention-shifting in 7-month old infants: An ERP study. Research Director: Dr. Charles A. Nelson

    • Investigating molecular mechanisms over subtype-specific neocortical projection neuron dendritic development. Research Director: Dr. Jeffrey Macklis

    • Investigating Neural Activation to Repetition and Non-Repetition Grammar Patterns in 7-Month Olds at High Risk for Autism. Research Director: Dr. Charles A. Nelson

    • Investigating the carboxypeptidase function of Alzheimer’s gamma secretase through substrate deletion mutants. Research Director: Dr. Michael S. Wolfe

    • Mapping a Signal Transduction Pathway for Olfactory Preference in C. elegans. Research Director: Dr. Yun Zhang

    • Multimodal Neuroimaging and Behavioral Studies on Auditory-Motor Deficiencies and Compensatory Mechanisms. Research Director: Dr. Gottfried Schlaug

    • Neuron type specific tracing from Dopaminergic neurons in the Ventral Tegmental Area in Transgenic Mice. Research Director: Dr. Naoshige Uchida

    • Novel study on miR-505 in glioblastoma metabolism and cell survival, Research Director: Dr. Mark Johnson

    • Optogenetic interrogation of the role of the hippocampal CA3 region in fear learning. Research Director: Dr. Uwe Rudolph

    • Phase-Amplitude Coupling in Infant Resting-State EEG as a Potential Marker for Compensatory Activity in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research Director: Dr. Charles A. Nelson

    • Role of the Retrograde Response Gene Bcl-w in the Auditory System, Research Director: Dr. Rosalind A. Segal

    • Visual Feedback Latency Reduces the Retention of Visuomotor Learning and Alters Its Internal Representation. Research Director: Dr. Maurice Smith

    • Your Brain on SET: An Exploration of the Neural Basis of Expertise in Rule-Based Pattern Recognition. Research Director: Dr. George Alvarez

  • Neuro Theses 2013

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    Anxiety and Future Thinking: Effects of Emotion on Repeated and Alternative Episodic Future Event Simulation. Research Director: Dr. Daniel L. Schacter

    • Association of Socioeconomic Status with Prefrontal Cortical Thickness and Subcortical Volumes in Children and Adolescents.Research Director: Dr. Margaret Sheridan

    • Behavioral and electrophysiological study of social and nonsocial orienting in children at-risk for ASD, A.Research Director: Dr. Charles A. Nelson

    • Behavioral cues as triggers for aggression in Drosophila melanogaster.Research Director: Dr. Edward A. Kravitz

    • Characterizing transcriptional regulation of the DYT6 dystonia gene, THAP1.Research Director: Dr. Cristopher Bragg

    • Clinical and neuropsychological correlates of diffusion tensor imaging indices in first-episode schizophrenia.Research Director: Dr. Martha E. Shenton

    • Discovering The Development Of The Blood Brain Barrier: Visualizing Gene Expression.Research Director: Dr. Chenghua Gu

    • Early detection of Preclinical Alzheimer’s disease with the Face Name Associative Memory Exam.Research Director: Dr. Dorene M. Rentz

    • Effect of Striatal Deep-Brain Stimulation on Cognitive Recovery After Traumatic Brain Injury, The .Research Director: Dr. Emad Eskandar

    • Effects of Early Institutionalization on Emotional Face Processing, The .Research Director: Dr. Charles A. Nelson

    • Effects of Soluble Amyloid-β[beta] Peptides on Transmission and Plasticity in the Hippocampus.Research Director: Dr. Venkatesh N. Murthy

    • Exploring Multisensory Facilitation Using Functional Connectivity MRI in Humans.Research Director: Dr. Randy Lee Buckner

    • Fish food: neuromodulatory systems involved with feeding behaviors in larval zebrafish.Research Director: Dr. Florian Engert

    • Investigating the fidelity of axolotl forebrain regeneration.Research Director: Dr. Jeffrey Macklis

    • Investigating the role of the lateral habenula in reinforcement learning.Research Director: Dr. Naoshige Uchida

    • Mapping the Brain’s Connections to Midbrain Dopamine Neurons Using Modified Rabies Virus in Transgenic Mice.Research Director: Dr. Naoshige Uchida

    • Meditate to Create: A Neurobiological View on the Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Creativity.Research Director: Dr. Sara Lazar

    • Neuro-Development in Post-Fontan Adolescents.Research Director: Dr. Michael J. Rivkin

    • Observational Learning of Complex Procedural Tasks in Octopus Vulgaris.Research Director: Dr. Florian Engert

    • Oncogenic Properties of an Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Mutant in Glioblastoma Multiforme.Research Director: Dr. Matthew Meyerson

    • Optogenetic control of hippocampal oscillations.Research Director: Dr. Sydney Cash

    • Organization of Retinal Ganglion Cell Axons in Larval Zebrafish.Research Director: Dr. Florian Engert

    • Role of ionic zinc in neuronal cell death and regeneration after axonal injury, The.Research Director: Dr. Larry I. Benowitz

    • Role of Posttranslational Modifications in the Regulation of the Stability and Function of the Survival of Motor Neuron Protein in Response to Oxidative Stress, The .Research Director: Dr. Lee L. Rubin

    • Role of RalA and RalB in the Mammalian Hippocampus.Research Director: Dr. Thomas L. Schwarz

    • Sensitivity of the Human Circadian Clock to Phase-Resetting Stimuli: Interactions of Melatonin, Light, and Sleep.Research Director: Dr. Elizabeth B. Klerman

    • Spatial memory development: a behavioral and electrophysiological study.Research Director: Dr. Charles A. Nelson

    • TorsinA assists in the folding and secretion of wild-type α1-antitrypsin.Research Director: Dr. Xandra O. Breakefield

    • Unified Model for a Functional Algorithm Underlying Behaviors of the Cerebellum and Cerebellum-Like Structures, A .Research Director: Dr. Florian Engert

    • Vascular, Astrocyte, and Microglial Involvement in Cerebral Malaria.Research Director: Dr. Ryan Carroll

    • Visualizing the functional integration of newborn granule cells in the adult mouse olfactory bulb by long-term in vivo imaging.Research Director: Dr. Venkatesh N. Murthy

  • Neuro Theses 2012

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    Aberrant development of parvalbumin inhibitory circuits underlies cortical dysfunction in Rett Syndrome. Research Director: Dr. Michela Fagiolini

    • Abnormalities in Neural Structures of Attention and their Relation to Impaired Social and Role Functioning in Schizophrenia.Research Director: Dr. Christine Hooker

    • Alterations in Excitatory Input to Retinal Ganglion Cells in DBA/2J Glaucoma and Optic Nerve Crush Mouse Models.Research Director: Dr. Tatjana Jakobs

    • BTC family proteins as critical controls over cortical projection neuron development.Research Director: Dr. Jeffrey Macklis

    • Contribution of secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor to the generation and maintenance of inflammatory pain, The.Research Director: Dr. Clifford Woolf

    • Development of the Implicit Learning Mechanism in Children: An fMRI Study.Research Director: Dr. Margaret Sheridan

    • Directed Differentiation of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells into Hypothalamic Arcuate Nucleus Neurons.Research Director: Dr. Chad Cowan

    • Downstream effects of mTOR hyperactivation in Tsc2-deficient neurons increase Eph receptor degradation.Research Director: Dr. Mustafa Sahin

    • Dreaming hinders overnight motor skill improvement in extended learning while high-frequency spindle activity predicts such improvement in the short-term.Research Director: Dr. Robert Stickgold

    • Effect of Firing State on Gap Junction Strength in the Thalamic Reticular Nucleus, The.Research Director: Dr. Carole Landisman

    • Emotional Experiences during Motor Task Acquisition and their Relationship to Sleep-Dependent Learning, Task-Related Dreaming, and Sleep Architecture.Research Director: Dr. Robert Stickgold

    • Epigenetic Pathways in Zebrafish Hair Cell Regeneration.Research Director: Dr. Zheng-Yi Chen

    • Evidence for Neuroplasticity after Neurocognitive Training in Individuals At‐Risk for Developing Psychosis.Research Director: Dr. Christine Hooker

    • Examining the Role of the mu-crystallin gene Crym in oxidative stress metabolism and connectivity in the CNS.Research Director: Dr. Paola Arlotta

    • Exploring the brain’s potential for an immune response to metastases.Research Director: Dr. Lois Lampson

    • How Abstractions Affect Image Discrimination in Monkeys.Research Director: Dr. Margaret Livingstone

    • Identifying Neural Substrates of GSK-3 Involved in Neuroplasticity and Mood Regulation.Research Director: Dr. Stephen J. Haggarty

    • Improving Detection of fMRI-based Brain Activity in Addiction Networks: Methods and Application to Nicotine Addiction.Research Director: Dr. Anne Eden Evins

    • Influence of the Median Raphe on Hippocampal Theta Oscillations as Revealed by Electrophysiology and Optogenetics, The.Research Director: Dr. Bernat Kocsis

    • Investigating the use of Electroencephalography (EEG) as a diagnostic tool in the predictor of ADHD in early childhood.Research Director: Dr. Margaret Sheridan

    • Investigation of Bilateral Innervation by the Facial Nerve on the Interscutularis Muscle.Research Director: Dr. Jeff W. Lichtman

    • Maternal separation effects in GABA-deficient GAD65 KO mice.Research Director: Dr. Takao Hensch

    • Neural responses to facial expressions of emotion: A comparison study in three developmental populations.Research Director: Dr. Charles A. Nelson

    • NKCC1 Expression on Oligodendrocytes During Development and Following Perinatal Hypoxia-Ischemia: Conferring Vulnerability to Periventricular Leukomalacia?.Research Director: Dr. Frances E. Jensen

    • Novel model of social defeat: The divergent effects of lithium, valproic acid, and resveratrol in Drosophila melanogaster.Research Director: Dr. Edward A. Kravitz

    • Optical control of behavior in the trained mouse: Neuronal processing examined through psychometric slope and reaction time.Research Director: Dr. John Maunsell

    • Quantitative behavioral analysis of central brain circuits for light avoidance in Drosophila larvae.Research Director: Dr. Aravi Samuel

    • Searching for molecular markers of feedback neurons in mouse visual cortex.Research Director: Dr. Richard T. Born

    • Significance of the putative dsRNA transporter SidT2 in mammalian behavior.Research Director: Dr. Craig P. Hunter

    • Sleep and ecological memory.Research Director: Dr. Robert Stickgold

    • Sleep and Motor Memory.Research Director: Dr. Robert Stickgold

    • Study of ERP response in word recognition by toddlers at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders.Research Director: Dr. Charles A. Nelson

    • Studying the role of the striatum in a DARPP-32 Tsc1 mouse model of autism.Research Director: Dr. Mustafa Sahin

    • Transdifferentiation of Nociceptive Neurons from Mouse Embryonic Fibroblasts.Research Director: Dr. Clifford Woolf

    • Using Brain Electrical Source Analysis (BESA) to Localize Areas of Development of Face Processing in Infants at Risk for Developing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).Research Director: Dr. Charles A. Nelson

    • Visual Function in the Neuroligin-3 R451C Autism Mouse Model.Research Director: Dr. Michela Fagiolini

    • Weight of Reward: The Neurobiology of Deception.Research Director: Dr. Joshua Greene

    • Why Plasticity Matters: The Effects of Music Exposure during a “Critical Period” of Anxiety Circuit Development.Research Director: Dr. Takao Hensch