Jai Yu Principal Investigator

Jai Yu performed postdoctoral research with Loren Frank at the University of California San Francisco, where he used in vivo electrophysiology to investigate the relationship between coordinated hippocampal-cortical activity and memory. As a data scientist at a startup in the San Francisco Bay Area, he analyzed clinical and device data for the development of bioelectronic neuromodulation therapies. For his graduate research with Barry Dickson at the Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna, Austria, he used genetic and imaging methods to map a neural circuit in the Drosophila brain. He received a BBiomedSc and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

 Zac Leveroni Research Associate

Zac studied philosophy and the history of math and science at St. John’s College, Annapolis. His studies there fostered a curiosity with the mind and a reverence for empiricism, which combined led him to the field of neuroscience. Zac was awarded a Hodson Fellowship from St. John’s College prior to his current role.

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 Nan Zhou PhD Student

Nan is a 1st year PhD student in the Integrative Neuroscience program. She completed her BA in Chinese Language & Literature at Wuhan University and her MEd at Zhengzhou University. Prior to joining the lab, she received her MA in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University and worked as an RA in the Affect and Cognition Lab under the guidance of Dr. Adam Anderson and Dr. Eve De Rosa. She is currently interested in how the brain forms memories from individual experiences and the neural mechanisms involved in these processes.

 Sameera Shridhar PhD Student

Sameera graduated from Vellore Institute of Technology with a BTech in Biomedical Engineering. Thereafter, she worked as a research assistant at the Indian Institute of Science with Prof. Rishikesh Narayanan where she used computational modeling to understand how systems maintain stability and robustness in the face of environmental stimuli that drive learning. She hopes to gain a deeper understanding of how reactivation of memories can influence the representations of the environment during behavior.

 Pinar Toptas PhD Student

Pinar is a doctoral student in the Integrative Neuroscience program. She received her BA in Psychology from Bogazici University and her MA in Cognitive Psychology from Koc University. During her master’s, she worked with Prof. Fuat Balci in the Timing and Decision Making Laboratory and studied time- and number-based decision making in mice using behavioral paradigms and optogenetic stimulation. Pinar’s current research interests are the neurophysiological mechanisms of learning and memory, and the interaction between multiple brain regions in enabling the ability to learn and remember across different time scales.

 Michelle Awh Research Intern, Data Science Research Intern (CDAC)

Michelle is a 3rd-year studying neuroscience and computer science at the University of Chicago College. Her interest in the intersection between biological systems and their computational representations drew her to this lab. After graduating, she hopes to spend some time involved in research before pursuing graduate studies.
 

 Yeri Won Research Intern

Yeri is a 2nd-year studying neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Her interest in memory and information processing along with her desire to learn more about neural mechanisms drew her to the lab. After graduating, she hopes to continue participating in research in medical school.
 

 Uma Mani Research Intern (Quad Research Fellow)

Uma is a rising 2nd-year studying neuroscience at the University of Chicago. She was drawn to the lab by her interest in the use of electrophysiology to study memory formation and retrieval, and by her desire to learn more about 3D design. Uma is working towards an Honors B.S. and plans to continue her participation in research throughout her undergrad; after graduating, she hopes to pursue her study of neuroscience in medical school.

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Jacob Proctor-Bonbright Research Intern (NESSTP)

Jacob is a 3rd-year pre-med, and neuroscience major at the University of Chicago. Initially focused on English and creative writing, a chance neuroscience course would lead him in another direction. An interest in the formation of the brain during development, as well as how the brain forms and changes memories over time, led him to this lab.

 

Lawrence Chen Research Intern

Lawrence is a 2nd-year pre-med studying biology and neuroscience at the University of Chicago. His interest in utilizing 3D design in scientific research and studying how the brain forms and recalls memories drew him to the lab. After graduating, he plans to continue participating in research in medical school.

 

John Liufu Data Science Intern

John is a 1st-year studying neuroscience and molecular engineering at the University of Chicago. His interest in optogenetics technology and the neural mechanism of memory formation and organization drew him to the lab. John plans hopes to continue in neuroscience and neuroengineering after graduating.

 

Bojun Feng Data Science Intern

Bojun is a 1st-year studying computational and applied mathematics at the University of Chicago. His interest in data science naturally turned into an interest in the brain, the most complicated data processor ever known to mankind. This curiosity in the brain as a powerful computing machine drew him to the lab. He hopes to further explore the mechanisms used by the brain to create, store, and edit complex information.

 

Former members

 Caitlyn Tien Data Science Intern, Dean’s Fund Research Award

Caitlyn joined the lab as a 4th-year studying economics and computer science at the University of Chicago. Her interest in data science brought her to the lab as she is curious to explore its application in many different fields. Post-graduation, she became a consultant focused in data science and analytics.

 

 Aazer Siddiqui Data Science Intern

Aazer joined the lab as a 3rd-year studying philosophy and computer science in the College at the University of Chicago. A lifelong preoccupation with how we learn and a deep scientific background drew him to the lab. He was interested in constructing an analysis pipeline and gaining experience with neural data and computational techniques in neuroscience that will support his interest in human and artificial intelligence.

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 Hunter Thompson Data Science Intern

Hunter joined the lab as a 4th-year studying Computer Science with minors in Chemistry and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of Chicago. His deep interest and experience in the connection between biology and computation interested him in the lab. After graduating, he entered a Masters program in Data Science.

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 Bailey Forgus Data Science Intern

Bailey joined the lab when he was a 2nd-year studying Computational and Applied Mathematics at the University of Chicago. His interest in neurophysiology and data science drew him to the lab and he is eager to learn how data science is used in biology, public policy and finance.

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 Harrison Santiago Data Science Research Intern (Leadership Alliance)

Harrison is a 3rd-year studying Computer Science and Statistics at the University of Florida. His interest in data science and neuroscience led him to this lab. Post graduation, he would like to volunteer with Peace Corps Response, then go to graduate school and earn a PhD.

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 Zoe Stephens Data Science Research Intern (CDAC)

Zoe is a rising Junior at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Working with the lab appealed to her interest in Computer Science. After high school, she aims to continue studying computer science and its applications across many fields.

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