Supported by a K99 award from NIMH.
I am interested in the neural circuit dynamics of perceptual learning in the auditory cortex. Specifically, how does behavioral context alter sensory perception and learning? I am using three complementary tools in behaving mice to address this issue: 1) two-photon calcium imaging to measure circuit output, 2) whole-cell patch clamp to assess network input onto single neurons, and 3) optogenetics to manipulate network function.
I have a PhD in Biophysics from Harvard University where I worked in the laboratories of Brian Backsai and Brad Hyman. My doctoral thesis explored the structural and functional degeneration of cortical networks in Alzheimer's Disease using in vivo two-photon calcium imaging. I received my undergraduate degrees in Physics and Brain/Cognitive Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Supported by a K99 award from NIDCD.
I study how expectation and experience alter sensory representations. In collaboration with Dmitry Rinberg, I use 2-photon imaging, optogentics and behavioral experiments to explore how neuromodulatory systems support changes in sensory perception in both the auditory and olfactory systems.
I received my B.A. in Psychology from NYU in 2008 before working as a research technician in the labs of Dr. George Alvarez at Harvard University and Dr. Ann Graybiel at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
I graduated form the University of Virginia, receiving a BSc in Biochemistry and a BA in Neuroscience. I am currently a student in the NYU Meidcal Scientist Training Program. In collaboration with the Svirsky Lab, I am studying the neural mechnisms underlying adaption to cochlear implants. To do so, we have developed an animal model of cochlear implant use, where rats are implanted with a multi-channel array and learn to discriminate frequencies with input solely from the cochlear implant.
I graduated from Boston College where I majored in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience. I am interested in understanding how plasticity in the auditory cortex enables females to recognize and respond to infant distress vocalizations. In addition, I am interested in understanding how neuromodulators, specifically oxytocin, enable cortical plasticity to enhance the behavioral relevance of pup vocalizations. I am using a combination of electrophysiology and in vivo two photon imaging to study these cortical changes.
I am currently working on my Bachelor's Degree in Neurobiology and Neurosciences from City University of New York - Hunter College.
My main focus is to understand the role of neurplasticity in improved usage of cochlear implants.
Naomi Lopez Caraballo
Bianca Jones Marlin
High school students:
Anja L. Dorrn
Felix M. Reyes Valdez