Steve Van Hooser
Principal investigator

vanhoosr at brandeis dot edu
 | 781-330-0397

   

   
Postdocs
   
PhD students
   

Chelsea Groves Kuhnle

A psychology major in undergrad, my obsession with brains has only blossomed over time. As a graduate student, joint between the Van Hooser lab and the Turrigiano lab, I hope to better understand how genetics and experience lead to both healthy and diseased neural circuitry development. While science is my first love, if I were ever forced to choose another path, I would train marine mammals for a living, particularly harbor seals. When not in lab, I practice for said alternative career path by training my new puppy Marie, just in case.

cgrovesk at brandeis dot edu
   
 
Sarah Richards

I am interested in how genes and experience interact to form functional neural circuits. My current project is in collaboration with the Paradis Lab and uses in vivo two photon imaging to explore the role of the small GTP-ase Rem2 in the development, maintenance, and plasticity of the mouse visual system. In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, baking, and adventures with my dog.

srichard at brandeis dot edu
   

Andrea Stacy

As a graduate student in the Van Hooser lab, I am interested in the development of neural circuits and the experience-dependent mechanisms that contribute to their formation. My project involves utilizing carbon fiber technology to identify thalamocortical connections and perform electrophysiological recordings in the LGN and visual cortex of the ferret. In my free time I enjoy running, brewing beer, and exploring both new music and old.
astacy at brandeis dot edu
   

Shen Wang

I am interested in how neural circuits function. My current project is a collaboration with Ken Miller and focuses on experimental tests of the stabilized supralinear network model in ferret's visual cortex. 
I also like to learn anything about how the brain works, and I enjoy the moments of thinking about it while I run or swim.


swbumem at brandeis dot edu


   
Undergraduates
   
 
 David Bressler

I am an undergraduate research assistant working on building carbon fiber electrodes to use for recording neurons in mammals and assisting in experiments that study the LGN in developing ferrets. I am studying Neuroscience and Biology, hoping to go to Medical School in the future. I enjoy 3D printing and building prostheses with the Brandeis Prosthesis Club

dbressler at brandeis dot edu 

  
 Daniel García

I am interested in how brain circuits generate meaningful information. I want to pursue doctoral education in the future and become a researcher in neuroscience. I am currently working on spike sorting of memory experiments on the rat hippocampus. Outside of neuroscience, I like to discuss education, film and philosophy. I enjoy programming and speedsolving the rubik’s cube from time to time.

danielgarcia at brandeis dot edu 

   
 
Lauren Hayashi

I am an undergraduate research assistant working on constructing carbon fiber electrodes and aiding with experiments studying the LGN in developing ferrets. I am studying Neuroscience and Chemistry and hope to go to Medical school in the future. In my free time, I enjoy making pottery and playing the violin.

lhayashi at brandeis dot edu

  

Amanda Huang


 I am an undergraduate research assistant that aids with ferret surgeries and ferret care. I am a biology major with an interest in neuroscience and am currently on the pre-med track. Aside from science, I love film making and going on photography adventures.


ahuang at brandeis dot edu
   
   
     
     
 
   

Alumni

Graduate students, Postdocs, Staff



Jared Clemens Gina Escobar Claire Symanski (Jadhav Lab)
Jared Clemens
Research assistant (2010-2012)
Gina Escobar
Postdoc (2010-2012)
Claire Symanski (Jadhav Lab)
Graduate student (2012-2015)
Jenn Wolff Neil Ritter (PhD 2016) Nora Anderson
Jenn Wolff
Lab Manager (2010-2015)
Neil Ritter (PhD 2016)
Graduate student (2011-2016)
Nora Anderson
Lab Manager (2015-2017)
Jason Osik Marjena Popović (PhD 2017) Arani Roy
Jason Osik (PhD 2017)
Graduate student
Marjena Popović (PhD 2017)
Graduate student (2014-2017)
Arani Roy
Postdoc (2010-2017)
Leandro de Oliveira Royer
Leandro de Oliveira Royer
Postdoc (2015-2017)

Undergrad, Masters, Postbach Alumni


Heather Bernstein (BS 2012) Julie Miller (BS 2012) Wesley Alford (MS 2014)
Heather Bernstein (BS 2012) Julie Miller (BS 2012) Wesley Alford (MS 2014)
Kelly Flavahan (BS 2014) Nora Anderson (BS 2015) Aishwarya Bhonsle (BS 2015)
Kelly Flavahan (BS 2014) Nora Anderson (BS 2015) Aishwarya Bhonsle (BS 2015)
Hirvelt Megie (BS 2015) Dennis Ou (2015) Kevin Wang (BS 2015)
Hirvelt Megie (BS 2015) Dennis Ou (2015) Kevin Wang (BS 2015)
Julia Zaltsman (BS 2015) Ian Kristie (2016) David Landesman (BS 2017)
Julia Zaltsman (BS 2015) Ian Kristie (2016) David Landesman (BS 2017)
Benyamin Meschede-Krasa (BS 2017) Kamil Moroz (BS 2017) Ziqi Wang (BS 2017)
Benyamin Meschede-Krasa (BS 2017) Kamil Moroz (BS 2017) Ziqi Wang (BS 2017)
Tudor Dragoi (BS 2018) Andrew Lipnick (2018) Nathan Schneider (BS 2018)
Tudor Dragoi (BS 2018) Andrew Lipnick (2018) Nathan Schneider (BS 2018)