Omar was born in Egypt, but has been living in Bellevue for the last 8 years. He is a neurobiology major and a Japanese minor. He has worked as an undergraduate assistant in Dr. Horacio de la Iglesia’s Biological Rhythms Lab and will be undertaking another research project in the laboratory of Dr Scott Murray, working on fMRI studies of context dependence in vision. His research interests include sleep, learning/memory, and neuroimaging.
David is primarily interested in Brain-Computer Interfaces and their application to prosthetics. He works in the Chet Moritz laboratory which focuses on spinal cord injury and developing therapeutic neuroprostheses in the rat. He hopes to ride the wave of innovation in prosthetic engineering, using his education in neurobiology and computational principles to better enhance the lives of those with physical disabilities. He plans to attend graduate school in Neural Engineering after working in research in the Seattle area.
Bethanny Danskin is an undergrad majoring in Neurobiology with a minor in Applied Mathematics. She plans to attend grad school in the field of neurobiology. She works in the lab of Dr. Marti Bosma, a developmental neurobiology lab that studies spontaneous neural activity in the developing mouse hindbrain using optical imaging and electrophysiological techniques. More specifically, Bethanny uses simultaneous calcium dye imaging and patch clamp to observe characteristics of depolarization waves and the properties of cells at the initiation zone. She has always been curious about how something as complicated as a brain develops with both such plasticity and precision.
Michelle is currently majoring in Neurobiology and Biochemistry with departmental honors, and minoring in Bioethics and Humanities, as well as participating in the program in Computational Neuroscience. She comes from a research background in Pathology, working in the lab of Dr. George M. Martin and Dr. Junko Oshima – where she has helped with several different projects on genetic factors in geriatric disorders and normative aging. Her thesis project focuses around gaining a better understanding of certain cell cycle abnormalities in the pathological progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. She is also involved in UW’s Department of Nuclear Medicine, and has recently become very interested in the use of radiology as a way of seeing into the brain, for diagnosis and beyond – while as an ethicist keeping her eye on the implications such technology might have bioethically. In the computational arena, she is particularly interested in getting involved in research that utilizes radiological techniques, or research with applications in neuropathology.
Cameron is from the one-stoplight town of Naches, Washington. He is studying Neurobiology. He mentors high school seniors through the UW Dream Project and is a Resident Advisor. He would like to research in a part of the neuroscience field that is closer to the intersection of psychology and neurobiology, or where the mind meets the neuron. He has joined the laboratory of Nino Ramirez, at Childrens’ Research Institute, to work on mechanisms of brain oscillations.
Derek is majoring in Neurobiology and Biochemistry with an interest in brain-computer interfaces as therapeutic means for neurological diseases. He hopes to pursue research that uses computational methods as the basis for disease modeling or in development of biomedical technologies and is aiming for a career in medical sciences. He has joined the lab of Dr Adrian Lee to research auditory scene analysis.
Igor was born in the Ukraine but immigrated here with his family in 1993. At 17 he entered the running start program at Highline CC and got his Associates in Science with an emphasis on biology. He transferred to the UW and is currently doing a double major in Neurobiology and Biochemistry. He got interested in Neurobiology because his 27 year old sister suffers from mental retardation and the physicians have not been able to explain what is wrong with her. He is very interested in joining a neural engineering lab that deals with prosthetics and finding ways to connect them to the nervous system. Another area of interest is cochlear implants or research on the visual system. Igor is doing his research project in the lab of Lee Osterhout, working on language processing.
Jenny is majoring in neurobiology and biochemistry, with a minor in global health. In the long term, she plans on going to medical school. Currently, she is involved in neuropharmacological research on the role of the cannabinoid system in Huntington’s disease. Having always been interested in the intersections between computation and biology, she is very excited to be a part of the computational neuroscience training program and to learn to use computational approaches to solve problems in neuroscience.