Graduate Students

Alison Duffy

Alison Duffy

Alison Duffy
Alison is a PhD candidate in physics at the University of Washington and completed her undergraduate degree in physics at Yale University. Between graduating and beginning at UW, Alison lived in Changsha, China for two years, taught physics, and made art professionally. At UW she works with Dr. Adrienne Fairhall and Dr. David Perkel investigating motor learning by modeling the bird song learning circuit. She explores how a neural network generates and modulates the variability necessary in a trial and error learning process. Techniques she uses for this work are at the intersection of physics, neuroscience and nonlinear dynamics. When Alison is not doing research, she enjoys making art, writing and running.

 

 

Tim Oleskiw

Tim Oleskiw

Tim Oleskiw
Tim Oleskiw received his undergraduate education from the University of Regina in 2008, and went on to complete a Master’s of Computer Science at York University’s Center for Vision Research in 2010. His research interests focus on the computational processes of vision, particularly in regard to the perception and representation of two-dimensional shape. Entering the University of Washington’s Ph.D. program in applied mathematics, Tim has joined the labs of Dr. Anitha Pasupathy, Dr. Wyeth Bair, and Dr. Eric Shea-Brown to study and model the recurrent dynamics of shape selective neurons in cortical area V4. Outside of his research, Tim enjoys a variety of hobbies including electronic role playing games, chess, and discussions of philosophy, especially over a good pint. Also a fan of the outdoors, Tim participates in a number of recreational activities including hiking, camping, and recreational sports such as ultimate frisbee, snowboarding, and squash.

Tim’s website is http://tim.oleskiw.ca.

 

Dina Popovkina

Dina Popovkina

Dina Popovkina
Dina is a PhD student in the Neurobiology & Behavior program at UW. Her interests lie broadly in sensory systems; they include perception, learning, multimodal integration and the neural basis of behavior. In the lab of Anitha Pasupathy, she is working to understand how neurons in visual cortical area V4 encode information about shape and color. Dina is also interested in how behavioral context or experience can affect sensory representation.

Dina received her Bachelor’s from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2010 (in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Ancient Studies). When taking a break from studying the brain, she enjoys visual arts, traditional needlecrafts, and rooting for the Sounders.

 

Jeremiah Wander

Jeremiah Wander

Jeremiah Wander
Jeremiah is a PhD student in the Bioengineering department at UW. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 2005 with degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering. Between graduating from NCSU and beginning his graduate program at the UW, Jeremiah worked as an electrical and controls engineer for a pharmaceutical filtration company, played music professionally and spent a year and a half building houses for Habitat for Humanity in Costa Rica. Jeremiah works with Drs. Jeff Ojemann and Rajesh Rao investigating the role of neural plasticity in Brain Machine Interfacing (BMI) applications. The majority of his research is done with human subjects who are undergoing long-term monitoring for intractable epilepsy. His primary research interests are: evolution of causal and non-causal relationships between motor cortex and higher-order processing areas during BMI task learning; plasticity induction through activity driven, recurrent cortical stimulation; and the impact of task structure on BMI learning.

 

Jason Webster

Jason Webster

Jason Webster
Jason is a Psychology PhD student with Ione Fine and Geoff Boynton in the Vision and Cognition Group. His research interests include the functional and anatomical organization of the human visual system, cortical plasticity as a result of sensory deprivation, visual illusions, perceptual organization, and 3D perception. His current research is evaluating high-level auditory processing in the ventral temporal cortex (typically involved in visual processing) in the congenitally blind. Jason received a BS in Computer Science through the Foundation Coalition at University of Alabama, which synchronizes and integrates instruction across the sciences, mathematics, and software development. Before entering the PhD program at UW, Jason was a lab manager and research technician for the Kanwisher Lab at MIT and later a research scientist with the VisCog Group at UW. Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing guitar, drawing, exploring nature, and philosophical discussion.