Lars is currently majoring in Neurobiology and is thoroughly enjoying the computational focus provided by the Computational Neuroscience Program. He is thoroughly interested in the brain at all scales and the use of technology to answer questions about it as well as the reverse: learning from the structure and function of neuronal systems to inspire the design of new technologies. The program has provided an excellent avenue for the learning and intersection of both. Lars’s interest in technology motivates his current research in modeling the layout and coverage of functional maps upon the primary visual cortex under Dr. Wyeth Bair. His future goal is to become a neural engineer, designing devices that interact seamlessly with the body in an effort to replace loss of function and potentially, someday, even augment the human form.
Teresa is an undergraduate Neurobiology major who is also minoring in Bioethics and Humanities. Her academic interests are broadly in developmental neurobiology and neurological disease research. She is currently working in the developmental neurobiology lab of Dr. William Moody on spontaneous waves of neural activity in the developing mouse cortex. In the future, she hopes to concurrently pursue her interests in research and in medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing music, and running.
Karl Marrett is a junior majoring in Neurobiology with departmental honors and minoring in applied math. He came from a research background in ecology and plant physiology, and worked in public and global health research at Battelle in Seattle. His current research is with Professor Adrian KC Lee designing a high bit-rate auditory P300-based brain computer interface (BCI) for patients with ALS or for commercial use. The Computational Neuroscience Training Program and involvement with the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering has instilled a passion for pursuing research in the biophysics of neural engineering problems. He is interested in pursuing projects on learning models in relation to BCIs and continuing his academic education in areas of applied math, biophysics, or biomedical engineering at the graduate level.
Thida was born in Myanmar and moved to Washington when she was 10. She is currently majoring in Neurobiology, with a focus in Computational Neuroscience. She previously worked in a nuclear chemistry lab at the UWMC, helping analyze data to develop a better synthesis for fluorescent tags targeting the HER2 protein. She is currently working on developing a neural network model in Dr. Bill Spain’s lab, in order to explore neural resonance and the generation of oscillatory systems. Thida is interested in how the brain controls coordination of homeostatic functions, especially as it relates to the heart. Her future goal is to go to medical school, complete the surgical residency and become a cardiothoracic surgeon.
Mathew is a Neurobiology and Biochemistry double major, with a minor in Applied Mathematics. He works in Fred Rieke’s lab supplementing electrophysiological data with psychophysical experiments to better understand the neural circuitry underlying interactions between rod and cone photoreceptors. Mathew is broadly interested in the biophysical mechanisms through which neural systems operate, and the implications these modes of action have for the organism as a whole. He intends to pursue a PhD program in neuroscience upon his graduation in the spring of 2015.
Nivretta (Nivi) Thatra
Nivi is a senior majoring in Neurobiology and minoring in both Global Health and Quantitative Sciences. As a freshman she joined the lab of Dr. Eliot Brenowitz, whose focus is on the neural circuitry of avian song. Since then, Nivi has led a project examining adult born neuronal survival in breeding versus nonbreeding conditions of the avian system. The Computational Neuroscience program encouraged her collaboration with Dr. David Perkel, with whom she is now using experimental data from the Brenowitz lab to build a comprehensive computational model of neural birth, death, and migration. Nivi has truly enjoyed the complexity and interdisciplinarity of her early research experiences, and hopes to continue her growth as a scientist by pursuing a doctoral degree in neuroscience, biostatistics, or immunology. Her less academic sources of enjoyment include multicultural approaches to philosophy and food.
Phanith is majoring in Neurobiology with college honors. He comes from a research background in cardiology and molecular biology. Previously in the Dichek Lab, Phanith helped with two projects aimed at clarifying the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and aortic aneurysms. He soon realized after entering the Neurobiology major that systems of the brain such as the visual system captivates his curiosity and engages him intellectually. This curiosity led him to Jay Neitz’s lab where he works with current models of color vision to develop a thorough neurobiological explanation of hue appearance across individuals. Phanith is enjoying the computational neuroscience training program and is excited to utilize what he is learning within a research setting. Outside of his academic life, he enjoys reading historical fiction and playing the guitar.