CNUP: Center for Neuroscience

Graduate Students

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Heather Acuff
acuff.heather@medstudent.pitt.edu
Phone: 412-383-8206
Mentor: Dr. Mary Phillips
Focus:

Peter Adelman
pca9@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Rick Koerber
Focus: Binaural auditory development.

Marisa Adhikusuma
maa251@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Sharyl Fyffe-Maricich
Focus:

Stephanie Aldrich
sba21@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-4564
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Meriney
Focus:

Sam Bacharach
szb11@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-5043
Mentor: Dr. Yan Dong
Focus:

Darius Becker-Krail
ddb35@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Robert Sweet
Focus:

Patrick Beukema
plb23@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Timothy Verstynen
Focus:

Meghan Bucher
meb155@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Teresa Hastings
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Michael Chiang
chiang.michael@medstudent.pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-8182
Mentor: Dr. Sarah Ross
Focus:

Jeffrey Chiou
jec164@pitt.edu
Phone: 408-219-2887
Mentor: Dr. Aaron Batista
Focus:

Daniel Wonjae Chung
chung.daniel@medstudent.pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. David Lewis
Focus: The role of ErbB4 in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia

Katerina Clemens
kac216@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-647-2313
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Smith
Focus:

Mahlon Collins
mac230@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Robert Bowser
Focus: Molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration.

Victoria Corbit
vic22@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-268-5860
Mentor: Dr. Aryn Gittis
Focus:

Erin Crowder
ecrowder@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Carl Olson
Focus: Neural basis of object recognition in primate inferotemporal (IT) cortex

Sofia Dibble
som15@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-7332
Mentor: Dr. Anthony Grace
Focus: Prefrontal-hippocampal interactions in stress and schizophrenia

Yijuan Du
yid8@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-7332
Mentor: Dr. Anthony Grace
Focus: Regulation of dopamine system related to schizophrenia.

Caitlyn Edwards
cme36@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-648-7032
Mentor: Dr. Edda Thiels
Focus:

Matthew Geramita
geramita.matthew@medstudent.pitt.edu
Phone: 412-268-5122
Mentor: Dr. Nathan Urban
Focus: The effects of sensory experience on external tufted cells in the mouse olfactory bulb

Nathan Glasgow
ngg1@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-4299
Mentor: Dr. Jon Johnson
Focus: Functional dynamics of NMDA receptor pharmacology and gating.

Nathan Hall
njh5@pitt.edu
Phone: 412.268.3923
Mentor: Dr. Carol Colby
Focus: Visual processing and cognition.

Anne Homan
aeh66@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-8283
Mentor: Dr. Steve Meriney
Focus:

Szu Wei (Jane) Huang
szh14@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-383-8034
Mentor: Dr. Nathan Urban
Focus:

Ankur Joshi
anj39@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-383-8625
Mentor: Dr. Thanos Tzounopoulos
Focus:

Jared Kopelman
kopelman.jared@medstudent.pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-9304
Mentor: Dr. Suzanne Ahmari
Focus:

Rebecca Krall
rfk12@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Drs. Elias Aizenman/Thanos Tzounopoulos
Focus:

Nicholas Kunz
nak126@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Gregg Homanics
Focus:

Zoe LaPalombara
zfl1@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Susanne Ahmari
Focus:

Adam Large
aml142@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-5043
Mentor: Dr. Anne Marie Oswald
Focus: Olfactory coding in piriform cortex

Jongwon Lee
jol72@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Karl Kandler
Focus:

Sweyta Lohani
swl9@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-0132
Mentor: Dr. Bita Moghaddam
Focus:

Shiqi Ma
shm90@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-641-0442
Mentor: Dr. Alexander Sorkin
Focus: Molecular mechanisms regulating dopamine transporter activity in the striatum

Jacob Mann
jrm218@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Christopher Donnelly
Focus:

Scott Marek
sam263@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-383-8178
Mentor: Dr. Beatriz Luna
Focus: Structural and functional development of brain networks.

Kevin Mastro
kjm109@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-268-5860
Mentor: Dr. Aryn Gittis
Focus:

Alexandra Miragaia de Oliveira
ald196@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-864-1839
Mentor: Dr. Mark Richardson
Focus:

David Montez
dfm11@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-383-8178
Mentor: Dr. Beatriz Luna
Focus:

Jared Moreines
moreines.jared@medstudent.pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-7332
Mentor: Dr. Anthony Grace
Focus: The afferent circuitry mediating the reduced function of the mesolimbic dopamine reward system in major depressive disorder using a combination of in vivo electrophysiology and behavioral assays of motivation to obtain rewards

Robert Morrison
morrison.robert@medstudent.pitt.edu
Phone: 412-864-2478
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Smith
Focus:

Sarah Najjar
san77@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Michael Gold
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Kristine Ojala
kso12@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-4564
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Meriney
Focus:

Diana Olivos
dro11@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-8748
Mentor: Dr. Linda Rinaman
Focus:

Puja Parekh
pkp13@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-5519
Mentor: Dr. Colleen McClung
Focus: Molecular, physiological and behavioral mechanisms underlying the circadian regulation of mood in rodents

Junchol Park
jup36@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-4537
Mentor: Dr. Bita Moghaddam
Focus: Effects of anxiety on spontaneous and task-related activities of the prefrontal cortex

Emily Parker
emp92@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Ken Fish
Focus:

Jenna Parrish
jep101@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-383-7167
Mentor: Dr. Etienne Sibille
Focus:

Matthew Phillips
mbp25@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Zak Wills
Focus:

Sean Piantadosi
scp27@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-383-7167
Mentor: Dr. Etienne Sibille
Focus:

Gabrielle Pittman
gnp6@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Colleen McClung
Focus:

Matthew Rich
mtr23@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-5718
Mentor: Dr. Mary Torregrossa
Focus: Synaptic mechanisms underlying drug-associated memories.

Gregory Rompala
grr14@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-6935
Mentor: Dr. Gregg Homanics
Focus: Mechanisms of alcohol action.

Annika Rose
ahr24@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-383-9961
Mentor: Dr. Peter Strick
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Laura Rupprecht
lar103@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Alan Sved
Focus: The neurobiological mechanisms that underlie compulsive seeking for drug and food reward.

Mansi Shah
mas184@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-383-7343
Mentor: Dr. Derek Molliver
Focus: Role of nucleotide signaling in peripheral pain mechanisms

Michael Shteyn
shteyn.m@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Rob Turner
Focus:

Lindsey Snyder
mccleml@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-8182
Mentor: Dr. Sarah Ross
Focus: Understanding the neural circuits underlying pain and itch sensation in the spinal cord dorsal horn.

Susan Sonnenschein
sfs29@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-7332
Mentor: Dr. Tony Grace
Focus:

Erin Stachowski
eks30@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Gonzalo Torres
Focus:

Patricia Stan
pls23@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-383-8178
Mentor: Dr. Beatriz Luna
Focus:

Steven Suway
sbs45@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-383-7021
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Schwartz
Focus:

Nathan Vogler
nwv2@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Thanos Tzounopoulos
Focus:

Jillian Weeks
jjw81@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor:
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Meredyth Wegener
maw201@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-4537
Mentor: Dr. Bita Moghaddam
Focus: The electrophysiological investigation of the effect of n-3 PUFA deficiency on the neural activity of the dopamine system.

Madeleine Wilcox
mrw66@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-4295
Mentor: Dr. Jon Johnson
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Gregory Wojaczynski
gjw13@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-383-8066
Mentor: Dr. J. Patrick Card
Focus: The synaptic organization of the deep cerebellar nuclei

William (Jake) Wright
william.wright@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Oliver Schluter
Focus:

Chung-Yang Yeh
chy64@pitt.edu
Phone:
Mentor: Dr. Elias Aizenman
Focus:

Kevin Zitelli
ktz3@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-268-5860
Mentor: Dr. Aryn Gittis
Focus: