Doctoral Neuroscience Program

 

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Debbie Swierczek

Program Coordinator

Transdisciplinary Programs

Phone: (307) 766-4128

Email: neuroscience@uwyo.edu

Neuroscience Students

Navin Adhikari

Navin Adhikari


Lab: Dr. Yun Li
Email:  nadhika1@uwyo.edu 

The Li lab studies how neural activity carries information to guide behavior. We study early neural circuit alterations using mouse models of neurodegenerative disorders. We apply multidisciplinary approaches, including innovative miniScope in vivo calcium imaging in freely behaving mice, in combination of optogenetics and viral-genetic tools, to study neural circuit mechanisms of depression, autism, and dementia.

Muzayyana Akhmadjonova

Muzayyana Akhmadjonova


Lab: Dr. Grace Shearrer
Email: makhmadj@uwyo.edu 

I study the intersection between neuroscience and nutrition, specifically the association between brain functions, neurochemical signaling, and eating behavior. We seek to identify neuroendocrinal changes in obesity using eye-tracking, fMRI, programming, and some fancy 3D printing!

 

Baizar Alamiri (Photo coming soon) 


Lab: Dr. Adam Nelson 
Email: balamiri@uwyo.edu

 

Julianne Allgood

JuliAnne Allgood


Lab: Dr. Jared Bushman
Email:jallgoo1@uwyo.edu

My project aims to ascertain the regenerative differences and capabilities of branched peripheral nerve autografts vs. allografts. In addition to branched grafts, I also consider the immunogenic effects of allografts and the impact that has on the nerve’s regenerative success.

 

Albert Allotey (Photo Coming Soon)

 


Lab: Dr. Jared Bushman
Email: aallotey@uwyo.edu

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Sirjan Chhatwal


Lab: Dr. Kara Pratt
Email: schhatwa@uwyo.edu

I investigate the development and differentiation of the Xenopus tadpole retinotegmental projection, a direct projection between retinal ganglion cell axons and neurons located in the midbrain tegmentum, to further characterize its role in processing visual stimuli. We use multidisciplinary approaches such as anatomical, molecular, and electrophysiological techniques to study these visual circuits. 

 

Sishir Gautam (Photo Coming Soon)

 


Lab: Dr. Yun Li
Email: sgautam3@uwyo.edu

 

Jason Landen(Photo coming soon)


Lab: Dr. Adam Nelson i
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Madison Ruhmann (Photo Coming Soon)

 


Lab: Dr. WIlliam Todd
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Karthik Swaminathan (Photo Coming Soon)

 


Lab: Dr. Ram Shukla
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Danielle Taylor 

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Lab: Dr. Nicole Bedford
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During my undergraduate, I cultivated a deep interest in the neural basis of motor control, and the urination circuit offers an unusually tractable model system in which to study the general principles of motor control. Unlike other motor behaviors that are executed by multiple muscles and complex muscle synergies, urination relies on only two muscles: the urinary bladder and urethral sphincter. Additionally, the neuronal projections that allow the brain to communicate with the lower urinary tract via the spinal cord are well-characterized. During my PhD, I will work to uncover how aging affects circadian regulation of this urination circuit.

 

Genevieve Guidone

Genevieve Guidone

 

Lab:Dr. William Todd
Email:gguidone@uwyo.edu

My research interests revolve around the neural basis of learning and memory through the view of the circadian rhythm. I am interested in extending this curiosity to touch on questions regarding the impact different circadian time points have on addictive behaviors with a focus on extinction related phenomena.

 

Danielle Jean

Danielle Jean

 

Lab:Dr. Yun Li

Email:djean@uwyo.edu 

I study depression in the medial and prefrontal cortex and amygdala using a mouse model under Dr. Li. Depression is induced in the mice through chronic social defeat stress models and techniques such as grin lens imlantation and viral infections are used to study/manipulate the behavior of the mice. The main prupose of the research is to gain a better understanding on the neurobiology and molecular mechanisms of depression.

Quiana Jeffs

Quiana Jeffs

Lab:Drs. William Todd & Jonathan Prather
Email:qjeffs@uwyo.edu

My goal is to identify factors that influence sensory perception and take advantage of these factors to improve the quality of learning experiences. To achieve this goal, I plan on examining the learning experiences of grade school and undergraduate students in the classroom under the supervision of Dr. Prather, and investigating circadian rhythms as a potential factor influencing sensory perception in mice under the supervision of Dr. Todd.

Rashmi Thapa

Rashmi Thapa

Lab:Dr. Yun Li
Email:rthapa4@uwyo.edu

We study early neural circuit alterations using mouse models of neurodegenerative disorders including frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and Alzheimer’s disease. We utilize genetically encoded calcium indicators to specifically label neurons in the medial prefrontal cortex and record their calcium transients in freely behaving mice using a custom-built miniscope imaging system. Additionally, we also explore the potential molecular targets for early intervention of these brain disorders.

Uwemedimo Udoh

Uwemedimo Udoh

Lab:Dr. Kara Pratt
Email:uudoh@uwyo.edu

My research uses electrophysiological, immunohistochemical, molecular and behavioral approaches in developing Xenopus laevis tadpoles to study how neurons self-assemble into functional circuits that can transform external stimuli into perception.

Yihan Wang

 

Yihan Wang

Lab:Dr. Qian-Quan Sun
Email:ywang28@uwyo.edu

Identification of the neuronal circuits and mechanisms controlling emotional behaviors.

Kaiyuan Zheng

Kaiyuan Zheng

Lab:Dr. Kara Pratt

Email: kzheng1@uwyo.edu

My research interests are about the visual system of the Xenopus Laevis tadpoles. Currently, I'm focusing on the retinotegmentum circuitry and its function related to both visual and non-visual stimuli. I'm also interested in discovering the importance and functionality of hindbrain projection to the midbrain tegmental region.

 
Contact Us

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Debbie Swierczek, Program Coordinator

School of Graduate Education
Knight Hall 247

Phone: 307-766-4128

Email: neuroscience@uwyo.edu

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