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Chris Barnes
Entry Year: 2014
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Undergraduate Institution: University of Cambridge
Lab: Albert Cardona
Thesis Project: I am using computational modelling of a well-described action selection circuit to investigate multisensory integration in Drosophila larvae.
 

     
 

Davis Bennett
Entry Year: 2013
Current Institution: University of Chicago
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Chapel Hill
Lab: Misha Ahrens
Thesis Project: Using whole-brain functional imaging of larval zebrafish to identify brain structures involved in the execution of motor behaviors

     
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Entry Year: 2011
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Undergraduate Institution: Emory University
Lab: Jim Truman
Thesis Project: I use transcriptomics and genetic tools to determine the relevant gene expression differences for proper in vivo development between stem cell lineages of developing neurons in Drosophila ventral nervous system, the fruit fly equivalent of the spinal cord.
     
 

Hannah Haberkern
Entry Year: 2012
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Undergraduate Institution: ETH Zurich
Lab: Vivek Jayaraman
Thesis Project: I developed a 2D virtual reality setup to study landmark-guided navigation in head-fixed walking fruit flies. In the future, I am planning to combine this virtual reality setup with calcium imaging to probe neural dynamics in flies performing simple navigational tasks.

     
  Matthew Isaacson
Entry Year: 2014
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida
Lab: Michael Reiser
Thesis Project: Using behavioral methods, optogenetics, and 2-photon calcium imaging to investigate the encoding of behaviorally relevant visual signals and their integration into ongoing behavioral actions in Drosophila.
     
laic_photo.jpg   Chongxi Lai
Entry Year: 2014
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Undergraduate Institution: George Washington University
Lab: Tim Harris
     
 

Brian Lustig
Entry Year: 2012
Current Institution: University of Chicago
Undergraduate Institution: Vanderbilt University
Lab: Eva Pastalkova
Thesis Project: I am using large-scale silicon probe recordings combined with optogenetic perturbations in rats while they perform a memory task to study how neural activity in the hippocampus supports memory.

     
 

Maksim Manakov
Entry Year: 2013
Current Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Undergraduate Institution: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Lab: Alla Karpova
Thesis Project: I am building a voluntary head fixation rig for in vivo two photon imaging in rats. It will be used to study rule representation and action planning.

     
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Guanghan Meng
Entry Year:
2015
Current Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Undergraduate Institution: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Lab: Na Ji

     
  Mai Morimoto
Entry Year: 2012
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Undergraduate Institution: University of Tokyo
Lab: Michael Reiser
Thesis Project: I am probing selectivity and connectivity in Drosophila visual projection neurons using in vivo two-photon Ca2+ imaging.
     
 

Martin Peek
Entry Year: 2011
Current Institution: University of Chicago
Undergraduate Institution: California Institute of Technology
Lab: Gwyneth Card
Thesis Project: The anatomical and functional characterization of descending neural circuits in Drosophila melanogaster

     
 

James Phillips
Entry Year: 2013
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Undergraduate Institution: University of Oxford
Lab: Josh Dudman
Thesis Project: My project combines genetic and imaging technologies in rodents to investigate how the outcome of movement is used to guide motor learning.

     
 

Mikhail Proskurin
Entry Year: 2013
Current Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Undergraduate Institution: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Lab: Alla Karpova
Thesis Project: I study the role of norepinephrine in encoding of the internal model.

     
 

Mathias Saver
Entry Year: 2012
Current Institution: University of Chicago
Undergraduate Institution: Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
Lab: Ulrike Heberlein
Thesis Project: Use of optogenetics to study the role of Neuropeptide F neurons in reward processing in Drosophila

     
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Javier Valdes-Aleman
Entry Year: 2014
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Undergraduate Institution: Universidad Politecnica del Estado de Morelos
Lab: Marta Zlatic
Thesis Project: I study the principles governing synaptic selectivity in a proprioceptive circuit in Drosophila using developmental live imaging, electron microscopy reconstruction of neural circuits, and single cell type sequencing.

     
y.wan.jpeg   Yinan Wan
Entry Year: 2012
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Undergraduate Institution: Peking University
Lab: Philipp Keller
Thesis Project: Study the emergence of patterned activity in embryonic zebrafish spinal cord by combining developmental and functional imaging in light-sheet microscopy
     
z.wei.jpeg   Ziqiang Wei
Entry Year: 2010
Current Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Undergraduate Institution: Beijing Normal University
Lab: Shaul Druckmann
Thesis Project: Statistical models of neural activity 
     
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Zhihao Zheng
Entry Year: 2011
Current Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Undergraduate Institution: Sun Yat-sen University
Lab: Davi Bock
Thesis Project: Network connectivity in the Drosophila mushroom body from a whole-brain transmission electron microscopy volume