Steve Van Hooser

Principal investigator

vanhoosr at brandeis dot edu | 781-330-0397

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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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Sally Kane

I am an undergraduate research assistant, and I perform ferret care. I also assist in surgical procedures as well as post-op care. I am majoring in Biology and Chemistry and plan to pursue a career in veterinary science. In my free time, I enjoy baking, painting, and playing ultimate frisbee.

skane at brandeis dot edu

Sophie Greer

I am learning about computational neuroscience by working on the VH Lab's Neuroscience Data Reader, part of our Neuroscience Data Interface project. I enjoy working & learning about working with neuroscience data using computational and mathematical models, and am also interested in the neurological basis of neurodiversity. After graduating from college, I plan on working for a bit and then getting a PhD so I can perform more research in neuroscience. I am majoring in Neuroscience, minoring in Data Science at Bryn Mawr College. I also enjoy activism/community work, wordplay & brainteasers, watching medical shows, writing, food, and spending time with friends.

sophiegreer 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 medicine. During my free time I love to read, eat good food, and go for runs!

zoeykeeley 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)

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 (BS 2020)

Daniel García (BS 2020)

Yijia Sun (MS 2021)