Personnel

Current Ph.D. Students

Jinah Yoon

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Seoul National University, South Korea (2012)
• M.S. in Brain and Cognitive Science
Ewha Womans University, South Korea (2010)
• B.S. in Life Science
Research Interests:
• Neural mechanisms of event memory in the medial temporal lobe
• Neural mechanisms of spatial memory
• Electrophysiological assessment of neural circuits in freely moving animals

Shang Lin (Tommy) Lee

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University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (2014)
• B.S. in Biology and Psychology (Research Concentration)
Research Interests:
• Neural mechanisms that underlie learning and memory
• Spatial navigation and temporal sequence learning
• Behavioral neurophysiology of the hippocampal formation

Current Undergraduate Students

Aditi Agrawal

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Major:
Biology
Awards and Distinctions:
Honors Program, STEM Scholar, Holster Scholar (Summer 2015)
Joined Markus Lab:
Fall 2014
Fun Fact:
Aditi was born on 12/12, 12 minutes to 12!

Saheeb Ahmed

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Major:
Physiology and Neurobiology
Minor:
Psychology and Neuroscience
Awards and Distinctions:
Joined Markus Lab:
Fall 2015
Fun Fact:
Saheeb has lived in seven different states, after living in Bangladesh for the first four years of his life!

Michael Bowe

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Major:
Physiology and Neurobiology
Minor:
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Awards and Distinctions:
Honors Program, Life Sciences Honors Thesis Award, Psychology Undergraduate Research Grant (Fall 2014)
Joined Markus Lab:
Summer 2014
Fun Fact:
Mike is a nationally certified Emergency Medical Technician, and plays guitar in a band during his free time!

Yezmin Crespo-Adorno

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Major:
Physiology and Neurobiology
Minor:
Sociology
Awards and Distinctions:
Psychology Undergraduate Research Grant (Fall 2013)
Joined Markus Lab:
Spring 2012
Fun Fact:
Yezmin is a resident assistant for the Women in Math, Science, and Engineering Learning Community (WiMSE LC)

Ashlesha Dhuri

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Major:
Cognitive Science
Minors:
Neuroscience and Psychology
Awards and Distinctions:
Honors Program, UConn IDEA Grant (Summer 2015), OUR Travel Award (Fall 2014), Psychology Undergraduate Research Grant (Spring 2014)
Joined Markus Lab:
Fall 2013
Fun Fact:
Ashlesha went skydiving, and got to backflip off the plane at 14,000 ft!

Danni Dong

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Major:
Physiology and Neurobiology
Awards and Distinctions:
Honors Program, STEM Scholar, Day of Pride Scholarship
Joined Markus Lab:
Summer 2015
Fun Fact:
Danni has been an Emergency Medical Technician since the age of 16!

Logan Horbal

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Major:
Physiology and Neurobiology
Awards and Distinctions:
Honors Program
Joined Markus Lab:
Fall 2015
Fun Fact:
Logan was interviewed by the BBC!

Kavya Katugam

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Majors:
Physiology and Neurobiology
Psychology
Awards and Distinctions:
Honors Program
Joined Markus Lab:
Fall 2014
Fun Fact:
Kavya loves to sing!

David Katz

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Majors:
Physiology and Neurobiology
Psychology
Minors:
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
Awards and Distinctions:
Honors Program, Psychology Undergraduate Research Grant (Fall 2014)
Joined Markus Lab:
Fall 2014
Fun Fact:
David is an Eagle Scout!

Kaylene King

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Major:
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Minor:
Psychology
Joined Markus Lab:
Fall 2013
Fun Fact:
Kay is a member of the UConn Sailing Team!

Mahathi Kumar

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Major:
Physiology and Neurobiology
Awards and Distinctions:
Honors Program
Joined Markus Lab:
Summer 2015
Fun Fact:
Mahathi got to hold a koala when she visited Australia!

Dana Lew

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Major:
Physiology and Neurobiology
Awards and Distinctions:
Honors Program, Psychology Undergraduate Research Grant (Fall 2014)
Joined Markus Lab:
Fall 2014
Fun Fact:
Dana is fluent in Hebrew!

Xiao Li

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Major:
Physiology and Neurobiology
Awards and Distinctions:
University Scholar, Honors Program, Holster Scholar (Summer 2012), OUR Travel Award (Fall 2014), Psychology Undergraduate Research Grants
Joined Markus Lab:
Fall 2011
Fun Fact:
Xiao was born in China, and plays the cello!

Karen Matthew

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Major:
Physiology and Neurobiology
Awards and Distinctions:
Honors Program
Joined Markus Lab:
Fall 2015
Fun Fact:
Karen has been trained in various form of dance since the age of 5!

Sarthak Patel

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Major:
Physiology and Neurobiology
Awards and Distinctions:
Honors Program, OUR Travel Award (Fall 2014)
Joined Markus Lab:
Spring 2014
Fun Fact:
Sarthak has ridden an elephant before!

Megan Pattoli

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Major:
Pathobiology
Awards and Distinctions:
Honors Program, STEM Scholar, Psychology Undergraduate Research Grant (Fall 2014)
Joined Markus Lab:
Fall 2014
Fun Fact:
Megan ran the Philly Half-Marathon in 2014!

John (Riley) Pflomm

Major:
Physiology and Neurobiology
Awards and Distinctions:
Honors Program
Joined Markus Lab:
Summer 2015
Fun Fact:
Riley likes to longboard!

Anne Rathey

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Major:
Psychology
Minor:
Neuroscience
Joined Markus Lab:
Summer 2014
Fun Fact:
Anne is originally from Heidelberg (Germany), and loves classical music (especially opera)!

Nikita Roy

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Major:
Physiology and Neurobiology
Awards and Distinctions:
Honors Program, STEM Scholar
Joined Markus Lab:
Spring 2015
Fun Fact:
Nikita is a member of UConn Surya, a competitive fusion dance team!

Stephanie Vu

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Major:
Physiology and Neurobiology
Awards and Distinctions:
University Scholar, Honors Program, Psychology Undergraduate Research Grant (Fall 2014)
Joined Markus Lab:
Spring 2013
Fun Fact:
Stephanie’s favorite fruit are mangos!

Victoria (Tori) Wickenheisser

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Major:
Physiology and Neurobiology
Minor:
Spanish
Awards and Distinctions:
University Scholar, Honors Program, Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (Summer 2014), Psychology Undergraduate Research Grants (Fall 2013, Fall 2014)
Joined Markus Lab:
Spring 2013
Fun Fact:
Tori ran a half marathon her senior year in high school!

Former Graduate Students

  • Jonathan Oler (Associate Scientist at The University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Jennifer Tropp (Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Research Psychologist at McLean Hospital)
  • Simona Sava (Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School)
  • Mattison Ward
  • Raddy Ramos (Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Histology at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • Donald Hodges (Senior NCD Scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals)
  • Junyu Chen
  • Andrea Purton
  • Brentt Swetter (Research Scientist)
  • Tara Jacobson (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Burwell Lab at Brown University)
  • Brandy Schmidt (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Redish Lab at The University of Minnesota)

Former Undergraduate Students

Kimberly Hunt, Angela Setzo, Michael Anderson, Maja Zecevic, Justin Donofrio, Joel Brown, Jason Bachand, Carl Stoezel, Shaun Gruenbaum, Mark Brandon, Chris Cleaver, James Hinman, Greg Peters, Lauren Grobicki, Ben Gruenbaum, Fritz Ifert-Miller, Stephanie Keesey, Jia Liu, Tara Roche, Emma Zhang, James Fink, Audrey Rodrigues, Jia Li, Emma Zhang, Lauren Grobicki, Elizabeth Ciurylo, Grace Hwang, Tom Feldtmose, Ethan Shipley, Stephanie Bohannon, Melissa Argraves, Emily Szkudlarek, Danielle Pulli, Greg Newman, Jamal Pot, Kevin Mastro, Krista Wolffer, Matthew Howe, Neiha Kidwai, Paul Ericson, Phoebe Menacherry, Sara Pallay, Sharon Mccombs, Tom Feldtmose, Vishal Gohel, Youstina Youssef, Alana Marczak, Alex Carroll, Elizabeth Sarant, Patrick Rabus, Rachel Jackson, Bob Renner, Sam Collins, Andrew Bade, Brian Timmerman, Jennifer Varughese, Katherine Montalto, Shelja Patel, Kyle Jenkins