INSTITUTE GRADUATE NEUROSCIENCE TRAINING PROGRAM SCHOLARS
GNTP Trainees 2018
standing: Yosun Yoon, Rachel St. Clair, Asal Nouri, Basak Kocaoglu, Alexandra Paz & Brian Escobar; Kneeling FAU Brain Institute - Dr. Randy Blakely, Executive Director, Dr. Kate Guthrie, Assistant Director for Educational Programs, and Linda Petersen, GNTP Graduate Education Coordinator
GNTP Trainees 2019
standing, Kori Citrin, Goksu Oz, Amanda Rojas, Amanda Rainey, Ryan Gallagher & Donald Holder; Kneeling FAU Brain Institute - Dr. Randy Blakely, Executive Director, Dr. Kate Guthrie, Assistant Director for Educational Programs & Linda Petersen, GNTP Graduate Education Coordinator
INSTITUTE GRADUATE NEUROSCIENCE TRAINING PROGRAM GNTP TRAINEES
Entered: Graduate Neuroscience Training Program 2018
Mentor: Sang Wook Hong, Ph.D.
Thesis topic: Decoding of Face Stimuli in Basic Facial Expression and Anti-Expression Conditions
BS Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
“I am particularly interested in Cognitive Neuroscience. Currently under the tutelage of Dr. Sang Wook Hong, I am investigating the neurological responses surrounding the processing of basic emotional faces and anti-expression stimuli and decoding such patterns. Currently, I am in the phase of collecting the behavioral data of my research, which will allow us to see how people classify basic expressions and their anti-expression counterparts. Soon we'll be collecting EEG data, that when combined with decoding techniques will allow us to examine if there is a nature and emotional value of anti-expressions in the brain. Work such as this will provide us insights into how robust the brain is regarding the processing and coding of faces.
I was attracted to the GNTP because of the chance to gain guidance and support from multiple professors through GNTP lab rotations with Drs. Gizelle Anzures, Ed Ester and Sang Hong. The GNTP provides ready access to investigators, labs, and resources at not only FAU, but also MPFI, and Scripps Florida. If you are looking for high level training and research in neuroscience, I can’t imagine any better place! I desperately needed to leave behind the frigid winters up north. I hope you will consider joining our program!”
Entered: Graduate Neuroscience Training Program 2019
Integrative Biology/Neuroscience @ Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI)
Mentor: Yingxue Wang, Ph.D.
Thesis topic: Hippocampal Neuromodulatory Circuits
BS Psychology/Neuroscience, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
“I'm particularly interested in how and why the brain remembers certain events but not others. Under the guidance of Dr. Yingxue Wang at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), I am investigating the role of hippocampal neuromodulatory circuits in working memory. I was attracted to the GNTP because of the wealth of resources shared between FAU, MPFI, and Scripps. This gave me the ability to work in three GNTP lab rotations on the Jupiter campus with Dr. Carmen Varela, Dr. Sathya Puthanveettil at Scripps Research, and with my mentor Dr. Yingxue Wang at MPFI. While neuroscience is just one of many programs at other universities, at FAU Jupiter campus, brain research is the focal point.”