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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 computer vision techniques to speed up manual reconstruction of neuronal circuits from electron micrographs, in order to investigate synaptic morphology and connectivity in larval Drosophila.​

     
 

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

     
  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.
     
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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: Albert Lee
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.

     
 

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.

     
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Amrita Singh
Entry Year: 2016
Current Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Undergraduate Institution:
Lab: Karel Svoboda
 

     
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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.

     
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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