Principle Investigator

Steve Van Hooser

Principal investigator

vanhoosr at brandeis dot edu | 781-330-0397

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Ph.D. Students

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

Sophie Griswold

Cortical/cerebral visual impairment (CVI) is a neurological disorder characterized by deficits in vision in the absence of significant ocular pathology. My work explores a potential connection between premature onset of vision and the deficits in visual acuity displayed by individuals with CVI. Using electrophysiological recording and 2-photon microscopy, I hope to shed light on the etiology of this disorder of vision. Outside of lab, I enjoy reading, writing, playing and creating video games, and anything related to food. I am a lifelong bird enthusiast.

sophiegriswold at brandeis dot edu

Lisandro Martin

As a graduate student in the VH Lab I am interested in understanding the spatiotemporal relationship between the lateral geniculate nucleus and primary visual cortex with the goal of understanding how directional selectivity is computed. Additionally, I am interested in the response properties of feedforward interneuron in layer 4 of visual cortex. Outside of the lab I am an avid music listener, enjoy cruising on my board, surf the web, and go on the occasional hike.

lmartin at brandeis dot edu

Víkko Manuel Suárez Casanova

In order to process the movement of objects in an animal’s visual environment, it is necessary for the visual system to interpret the direction and speed of the stimulus. Decoding the spatial characteristics of a stimulus is well understood: tuning in primary visual cortex (V1) for spatial properties – stimulus orientation, a specific oriented degree of shape within the visual field of the cell, and spatial frequency (SF), or cycles per degree of visual angle, – does not change when other properties of the stimulus are altered. Previously, it was thought that speed information was not processed in V1 but instead was decoded in higher order regions such as the medial temporal (MT) visual area in primates or the posteromedial lateral suprasylvian (PMLS) in felines. Evidence that V1 is able to process temporal frequency (TF) and speed would greatly increase our current understanding of how visual information is decoded. I propose to analyze the functional organization underlying stimulus speed processing, namely the relationship between spatial and temporal frequency and speed tuning using acute in-vivo electrophysiology and two-photon calcium imaging in the ferret visual cortex. Outside of the lab, I serve on a variety of committees for the university including the Task Force on Undergraduate Curriculum and the Joint Biology and Neuroscience DEI committee. Outside of Brandeis, I enjoy playing tennis, reading, and sleeping.

suarez at brandeis dot edu

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Rico Rodriguez

Rico is a dad, software engineer, and aspiring neuroscientist in the Neuroscience Masters program.

rrodriguez at brandeis dot edu


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 public health. During my free time I love to read, eat good food, and travel!

zoeykeeley 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

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

Kelly Zhang

I am an undergraduate research assistant working on the Neuroscience Data Interface (NDI) project. NDI is a cross-interface platform that makes the storing, analysis, and sharing of physiological experiments easier across labs. I'm majoring in Biochemistry and Computer Science in hopes of utilizing my skills to contribute to the growing fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. Outside of academics, I love spending my time baking, reading, and traveling.

zhangk at brandeis dot edu

Judy Ye

I am an undergraduate research assistant interested in learning about the co-organization of speed, direction, and spatial frequency in the ferret visual cortex using 2 photon imaging. Additionally, I perform ferret care and histology. During my free time, I enjoy playing the clarinet both in an orchestra and as a soloist, playing rugby, and discovering new music.

judyye at brandeis dot edu


Graduate Students, Postdocs, & Staff

Jared Clemens

Research assistant (2010-2012)

Gina Escobar

Postdoc (2010-2012)

Sarah Richards

Graduate student (2012-2018)

Claire Symanski (Jadhav Lab)

Graduate student (2013-2015)

Jenn Wolff

Lab Manager (2010-2015)

Neil Ritter (PhD 2016)

Graduate student (2011-2016)

Nora Anderson

Lab Manager (2015-2017)

Jason Osik (PhD 2017)

Graduate student (2011-2017)

Marjena Popović (PhD 2017)

Graduate student (2014-2017)

Arani Roy

Postdoc (2010-2017)

Leandro de Oliveira Royer

Postdoc (2015-2017)

Shen Wang (PhD 2020)

Graduate Student (2013-2020)

Daniel Shin

Research Assistant (2019-2021)

Chelsea Groves Kunhle (PhD 2021)

Graduate Student (2015-2021)

Zoey C. Keeley

Lab Technician (2019 -2022)

Andrea Stacy (PhD 2021)

Graduate Student (2016-2021)

Undergraduates and Masters Students

Heather Bernstein (BS 2012)

Wesley Alford (MS 2014)

Dennis Ou (2015)

Kevin Wang (BS 2015)

David Landesman (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)

David Bressler (BS 2020)

Lauren Hayashi (2020)

Daniel Garcia (BS 2021)

Yijia Sun (MS 2021)

Sophie Greer (Intern, summer 2021)

Alex Cao (BS 2021)

Noah Gilman (BS 2021)

Sally Kane (BS 2021)