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
   

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


   





Derek Wise


My driving interest in neuroscience lies in the manner the brain represents, transforms and modifies information at the level of the circuit. In my current project, I deprive cells of their normal activity to assess how normally stabilizing forces may contribute to psychopathology, and to understand what factors contribute to epileptogenesis in infants. I'm also a HEMA fencer, a semi-retired enthusiastic hiker, and a consumer of the occasional role playing game.


dlwise at brandeis dot edu
   





Víkko Manuel Suárez


I am a second year graduate student interested in understanding how neural circuits develop and function. Following up on previous work in the lab, I plan to use 2-photon imaging and optogenetics to examine the influence of different inhibitory interneuron classes on ferret visual cortex circuit responses. When not in lab, I spend a lot of my time playing tennis, brunching, and exploring wineries.  


suarez
 at brandeis dot edu



 


Lisandro Martin


As a graduate student in the VH Lab I'm interested in understanding the spatial-temporal relationship between the lateral geniculate nucleus and primary visual cortex. Additionally, I'm interested in deciphering the possible role of layer 4 visual cortex interneuron in computing directional selectivity. Outside of lab I'm an avid music listener, enjoy cruising on my board, surf the web, and go on the occasional hike.  


lmartin
 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 

   
Alex Cao

I am interested in how neural circuit organization drives tuning in neurons. My project involves using computational methods to investigate how tuning for stimulus velocity arises in the visual pathway, with a focus on how temporal information crosses stages in the visual system. I am currently studying Neuroscience and Math, and I enjoy drawing and folding origami in my free time.

acao99 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 

   
 
Noah Gilman

I am an undergraduate research assistant working on examining the parameters within which orientation and direction selectivity can be influenced during development. I also perform animal care and assist with surgeries. I am currently studying neuroscience and plan to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience so I can continue doing research. In my free time, I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee, doing gymnastics/circus arts, and listening to music.

noahkgilman at brandeis dot edu 

  
 
Micaela Grimes

I am an undergraduate research assistant, and I care for the ferrets and mice. I also aid in surgical procedures and experiments involving the animals. I am studying biology and theatre, with the hope of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. In my free time I enjoy performing, photography, and being outdoors.

micaelagrimes 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

  
  
   
Han Kang

I am an undergraduate research assistant working on the tetrode project. The tetrode project is an alternate approach to the carbon fiber project which aims to find an effective electrode to implant and record short-term LGN readings in ferrets. I'm majoring in Neuroscience and Biology and hope to attend med school in the future. Recreationally, I enjoy sailing, volunteering as a coordinator for General Tutoring, taking part in BEMCo, and am currently starting a new mentorship program called Cornerstone in partnership with Waltham High School. 

skyhanil at brandeis dot edu
  
   
 
Jiwon Suh

I am interested in experiments that reveal how the brain works. I also care for ferrets and prepare histological slices for imaging. I am studying biology, and I have a passion in research and clinical medicine. In my free time I love hiking and exploring new places.

jiwonsuh at brandeis dot edu

  
   
Staff   
Zoey Keeley

I am a research assistant investigating how visual experience drives the development of neural circuitry involved in direction and orientation selectivity in the visual cortex. In the future I plan to pursue a career in medicine. During my free time I love to dance, eat good food, and go for runs!

zoeykeeley at brandeis dot edu 

   
Daniel Shin

Did you know? A group of ferrets is called a “business.” I am a research assistant investigating how the architecture of the visual cortex and LGN influences the neural circuitry involved in orientation and direction selectivity. My dream is to become a professor and mentor students in neuroscience. Outside of our wonderful lab I enjoy running, listening to k-pop and watching anime. Hope to see you around!

dshin at brandeis dot edu 
 
     
     
 
   

Alumni

Graduate students, Postdocs, Staff



Jared Clemens Gina Escobar Sarah Richards
Jared Clemens
Research assistant (2010-2012)
Gina Escobar
Postdoc (2010-2012)
Sarah Richards
Graduate student (2012-2018)
Claire Symanski (Jadhav Lab) Jenn Wolff Neil Ritter (PhD 2016)
Claire Symanski (Jadhav Lab)
Graduate student (2013-2015)
Jenn Wolff
Lab Manager (2010-2015)
Neil Ritter (PhD 2016)
Graduate student (2011-2016)
Nora Anderson Jason Osik (PhD 2017) Marjena PopoviÄ~G (PhD 2017)
Nora Anderson
Lab Manager (2015-2017)
Jason Osik (PhD 2017)
Graduate student (2011-2017)
Marjena Popović (PhD 2017)
Graduate student (2014-2017)
Arani Roy Leandro de Oliveira Royer
Arani Roy
Postdoc (2010-2017)
Leandro de Oliveira Royer
Postdoc (2015-2017)

Undergraduates and Masters students



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) Amanda Huang Ian Kristie (2016)
Julia Zaltsman (BS 2015) Amanda Huang Ian Kristie (2016)
David Landesman (BS 2017) Benyamin Meschede-Krasa (BS 2017) Kamil Moroz (BS 2017)
David Landesman (BS 2017) Benyamin Meschede-Krasa (BS 2017) Kamil Moroz (BS 2017)
Ziqi Wang (BS 2017) Tudor Dragoi (BS 2018) Andrew Lipnick (2018)
Ziqi Wang (BS 2017) Tudor Dragoi (BS 2018) Andrew Lipnick (2018)
Nathan Schneider (BS 2018)
Nathan Schneider (BS 2018)