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Alumni and Advisors: please send updated information to kirstencg@arizona.edu

Name: Ty Abel
Institution: Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, Vanderbilt University
Current Position: Associate Professor

Dissertation Year: 1999
Advisor: Naomi Rance
Title: Gonadal Steroids, Reproductive Aging and the Primate Hypothalamus

Name: David Andrew
Institution: Lycoming College
Current Position: Assitant Professor of Biology

Dissertation Year: 2012
Advisor: Nicolas Strausfeld
Title: A Comparative Anatomical and Phylogenetic Approach to Nervous System Evolution in Anthropods

Name: Milos Babic
Institution: BioSpyder Technologies, Inc.
Current Position: Scientist

Dissertation Year: 2015
Advisor: Konrad Zinsmaier
Title: Molecular Mechanism of Mitrochondrial Transport in Neurons

Name: Pamela Banta-Lavenex 
Institution: University of Lausanne
Current Position: Research & Teaching Assistant

Dissertation Year: 1998
Advisor: Lynn Nadel
Title: Neuroethology of Acquired English and Conspecific Vocalizations in the Budgerigar (Melopsittacus Undulatus)

Name: Daniela Boassa
Institution: University of California, San Diego
Current Position: Associate Project Scientist

Dissertation Year: 2004
Advisor: Andrea Yool
Title: Functional Properties of Aquaporin-1 Ion Channels in Choriod Plexus

Name: Mark Bower
Institution: Mayo Clinic
Current Position: Assistant Professor

Dissertation Year: 2003
Advisor: Bruce McNaughton
Title: The Neural Basis Of Trajectory Computations In Rodent Posterior Parietal Cortex And Hippocampus

Name: Lori Buhlman
Institution Midwestern University
Current Position: Associate Professor

Dissertation Year: 2007
Advisor: Ronald Lukas
Title: Heterologous Expression of a6*-Nicotonic Acetylcholine Receptors and the Natural Distribution of a6 Subunits

Name: Argyle Bumanglag
Institution: Morehouse School of Medicine
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Dissertation Year: 2010
Advisor: Robert Sloviter
Title: Injury-Induced Hippocampal Epileptogenesis in Experimental Models of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy in the Rat
Name: Kaitlin Bergfield
Institution:
Current Position: Author
Dissertation Year: 2013
Advisor: Gene Alexander
Title:  Age-Related Changes in Brain Connectivity: Alterations of the Default Mode Network

Name: Sara Burke
Institution University of Florida
Current Position: Assistant Professor

Dissertation Year: 2009
Advisor: Carol Barnes
Title: A perceptual-mnemonic role for the perirhinal cortex in age-associated cognitive decline

Name: Holly Campbell-Rosen
Institution: United States Army Medical Research
Current Position: Grants Manager

Dissertation Year: 2000
Advisor: Nicholas Strausfeld
Title: Spatially-Invariant Discrimination of Visual Pattern Orientation in the Blow Fly,Phaenicia sericata

Name: Jennifer Campbell
Current Position: TBA

Dissertation Year: 2009
Advisor: Lynn Nadel
Title: Examining the Influence of Time and Repetition on Recent and Remote Autobiographical Memory Retrieval Using fMRI

Name: Justin Cetas
Institution: Oregon Health & Science University
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Neurosurgeon

Dissertation Year: 2000
Advisor: Nathaniel McMullen
Title: Neuronal Architecture and Functional Organization of Rabbit Auditory Thalamus

Name: Marina Cholanian
Institution: Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital
Current Position: Rsearch Fellow

Dissertation Year: 2013
Advisor: Naomi Rance
Title: Effects of Estrogen on Morphological and Electrophysiological Properties of Arcuate NKB Neurons

Name: Audrey Clinton
Institution: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Current Position: Postdoc

Dissertation Year: 1998
Advisor: Nicholas Strausfeld
Title: Innervation Patterns of Metathoracic Leg Muscles in the Grasshopper, Barytettix psolus, and Their Significance in Posture, Locomotion, and Muscle Maintenance

Name: Nadia Corral-Frias
Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Current Position: Postdoc

Dissertation Year: 2012
Advisor: Jean-Marc Fellous
Title: Reward and Anxiety: From Rodent Post-Traumatic Stress to Human Psychosocial Stress

Name: Anne-Marie Cziko
Current Position: TBA

Dissertation Year: 2009
Advisor: Mani Ramaswami/Konrad Zinsmaier
Title: Translational Control of Synaptic Plasticity

Name: Penny Dacks
Institution: Alzheimers Drug Discovery Foundation
Current Position: Director for Aging and Alzheimers Prevention

Dissertation Year: 2010
Advisor: Naomi Rance
Title:  The neuronal circuitry of estrogenic effects on thermoregulation

Name: Stephen Danzer
Institution: Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Current Position: Associate Professor

Dissertation Year: 1998
Advisor: Naomi Rance
Title: Steroid Hormone Regulation of Neurons in the Hypothalamic Arcuate Nucleus

Name: Davide Dulcis
Institution: Neurobiology Section, University of California, San Diego
Current Position: Principal Investigator

Dissertation Year: 2004
Advisor: Richard Levine
Title: The Drosophila and Manduca Hearts as Models for Studying the Role of Innervation in Cardiac Function.

Name: Becky Farley
Institution: Parkinson Wellness Recovery
Current Position: Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Dissertation Year: 1999
Advisor: Jeannette Hoit
Title: Trunk Muscle Activity During the Simultaneous Performance of Two Voluntary Tasks:  A Trunk Task and a Pulsed Expiration Task

Name: Stephanie Gage
Institution: USDA-ARS
Current Position: Research Molecular Biologist

Dissertation Year: 2013
Advisor: Alan Nighorn
Title: The Behavioral Significance of Nitric Orxide in a Primary Olfactory Network: Insights into Learning and Memory in the Antennal Lobe of Maduca Sexta

Name: Cynthia Gentry Carr
Institution: Ventana Medical Systems, Tucson, AZ
Current Position: Medical Communications

Dissertation Year: 2002
Advisor: Ronald Lukas
Title: Effects of Chronic Ligand Exposure on Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors

Name: Jason Gerrard
Institution: Yale School of Medicine, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Current Position: Assistant Professor

Dissertation Year: 2002
Advisor: Carol Barnes
Title: Reactivation of Hippocampal Ensemble Activity Patterns in the Aging Rat:  Insights into Memory Consolidation Within the Aged Brain

Name: Katalin Gothard
Institution: Department of Physiology, University of Arizona
Current Position: Associate Professor

Dissertation Year: 1996
Advisor: Bruce McNaughton
Title: Multiple Maps and Multiple Reference Frames in the Hippocampal Representation of Space

Name: Brian Hawkins
Institution: RTI International
Current Position: Research Biologist

Dissertation Year: 2004
Advisor: Thomas Davis
Title: Nicotinic Modulation of Cerebral Microvascular Permeability

Name: Thomas Heinbockel
Institution: Department of Anatomy, Howard University
Current Position: Assistant Professor

Dissertation Year: 1997
Advisor: John Hildebrand
Title: Functional Organization of Male-Specific Olfactory Glomeruli in the Sphinx Moth,Manduca sexta

Name: David Herman
Institution: Department of Anesthesiology , UCSD
Current Position: Postdoc

Dissertation Year: 2006
Advisor: Todd Vanderah
Title: Cholecystokinin in the Rostral Ventromedial Medulla in Models of Neuropathic Pain and Morphine Administration

Name: Sharon Hesterlee
Institution: Parent Project Muscular Dystophy
Current Position: Senior Director of Research

Dissertation Year: 1999
Advisor: Richard Levine
Title: Identification and Characterization of a Novel Target for Eclosion Hormone in the Tobacco Hornworm, Manduca sexta

Name: Kari Hoffman
Institution: Department of Psychology, York University
Current Position: Associate Professor

Dissertation Year: 2003
Advisor: Bruce McNaughton
Title: Coordinated Memory Trace Reactivation Across Distributed Neural Ensembles in Primate Neocortex

Name: Anthony Hutchinson
Institution: MedThinkSciCom
Current Position: Medical Writer

Dissertation Year: 2009
Advisor: John Regan
Title: The Expression and Function of Native EP and FP Prostanoid Receptors in Cultured Glial Cells Derived from the Human Brain

Name: Taryn Jackson
Institution: Life Technologies, Eugene OR
Current Position: Technical Support Scientist

Dissertation Year: 2005
Advisor: Mani Ramaswami
Title: Molecular and Genetic Analysis of Synaptic Signaling in Drosphila: The Ik6 Gene Functions Downstream of ERK to Regulate Synaptic Growth

Name: Stuti Jaiswal
Institution: Scripps
Current Position: Internal Medicine Resident

Dissertation Year: 2013
Advisor: Ralph Fregosi
Title: The Consequences of Developmental Nicotine Exposure on Neonatal Cenral Respiratory Control

Name: Bethany Jones
Institution: UMASS, Amherst
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dissertation Year: 2013
Advisor: Jena-Marc Fellous
Title: Investigating Spatial Memory Reconsolidation in Rats

Name: Megumi Kaneko 
Institution: Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco 
Current Position: Associate Specialist

Dissertation Year: 2003
Advisor: Alan Nighorn
Title: Cloning and Characterization of an Eph Receptor and its Ligand Ephrin in the Developing Primary Olfactory Pathway of the Moth Manduca sexta

Name: Aimen Kasasbeh
Institution: Baystate Medical Center, Tufts
Current Position: Surgical Resident

Dissertation Year: 2011
Advisor: Todd Vanderah
Title: Spontaneous Cortical Spreading Depressions in Freely-Moving Rats: Implications for their Role in the Pathophysiology of Migraine

Name: Susy Kim 
Institution: Division of Biological Science, University of California, San Diego
Current Position: Assistant Project Scientist

Dissertation Year: 2007
Advisor: Mani Ramaswami
Title: Presynaptic substrates mediating Fos and Jun dependent plasticity at theDrosophila neuromuscular junction

Name: Hemant Kudrimoti 
Institution: Western Neurosurgery, LTD
Current Position: Neurologist

Dissertation Year: 1999
Advisor: Bruce McNaughton 
Title: Reactivation of Hippocampal Cell Assemblies: Effects of Behavioral State, Experience and EEG Dynamics

Name: David Lent 
Institution
: Fresno State University
Current Position: Assistant Professor

Dissertation Year: 2006
Advisor: Nicholas Strausfeld
Title: Learning and Memory and Supporting Neural Architecture in the Cockroach,Periplaneta Americana

Name: Jeff Lochead
Institution: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

Dissertation Year: 2010
Advisor: Thomas Davis
Title: Oxidative Stress Alters Blood-Brain Barrier Integrity

Name: Lisa Marriott 
Institution
: Oregon Health & Science University
Current Position: Assistant Professor

Dissertation Year: 2004
Advisor: Gary Wenk
Title: Gonadal hormone modulation of chronic neuroinflammation

Name: Stephen Matheson
Institution: Cell Press
Current Position: Associate Editor, Cell Reports

Dissertation Year: 1996
AdvisorRichard Levine
Title: Effects of Ecdysteroid on the Structure and Function of Growth Cones of Identified Insect Motor Neurons

Name: Josh Martin
Institution: Case Western Reserve University
Current Position: Postdoc
Dissertation Year: 2011
Advisor: John Hildebrand
Title: Encoding the configuration of an innately attractive odor in the
antennal lobe of the moth

Name: Andrew Maurer
Institution: University of Florida, College of Medicine  
Current Position: Assistant Professor

Dissertation Year: 2008
Advisor: Bruce McNaughton
Title: Contributions of self-motion information and theta phase precession to the spatial metric of the dorsal and middle hippocampus

Name: Tara McIsaac
Institution: Columbia University
Current Position: Adjunct Associate Professor

Dissertation Year: 2006
Advisor: Andrew Fuglevand
Title: Neural Mechanisms Underlying Muscle Synergies Involved in the Control of the Human Hand

Name: Melinda Mesaros
Current Position: Unknown

Dissertation Year: 1995
Advisor: David Morton
Title: Identification and Characterization of Steroid Regulated Genes in Manduca SextaCNS

Name: Julie Miller
Institution: University of Arizona
Current Position: Asst Professor, Neuroscience & Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

Dissertation Year: 2005
AdvisorRichard Levine
Title: Wandering Behavior in Manduca Sexta: Investigating Steroid Hormone Effects on Neural circuits for Locomotor Behavior.

Name: Clayton Mosher
Institution: Media Science
Current Position: Psychophysiology Researcher
Dissertation Year: 2014
Advisor: Katalin Gothard
Title: Neurons in the monkey amygdala detect eye-contact during naturalistic social interactions.

Name: Zaneta Navratilova
Institution: Lethbridge Brain Dynamics
Current Position: Postdoc

Dissertation Year: 2012
Advisor: Bruce McNaughton
Title: The Role of Path Integration on Neuroal Activity in Hippocampus and Medial Entorhinal Cortex

Name: Christopher Nicholas
Institution: Asymmetrica Labs
Current Position: Cofounder and President

Dissertation Year: 2001
Advisor: Thomas Bever
Title: Matchmaking: Sex, Conflict, and the Cerebral Hemispheres

Name: Galya Orr
Institution: Environmental Molecular Science Lab
Current Position: Senior Research Scientist & Capability Lead

Dissertation Year: 2002
Advisor: Carol Barnes
Title: Modulation of Synaptic Plasticity by the Theta Rhythm and Structure Function Relationships in a Single Ion Channel

Name: Marsha Penner
Institution: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Current Position: Lecturer & Director of Undergraduate Research

Dissertation Year: 2008
Advisor: Carol Barnes
Title: Subregion Specific Changes in Immediate-Early Genes Within the Aged Hippocampus

Name: Joel Rawson
Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Current Position: Postdoc

Dissertation Year: 2004
Advisor: Scott Selleck
Title: Development of the Drosophila Nervous System: Roles for TGF-B signaling and the glypican Dally Like

Name: Ephron Rosenzweig
Institution: University of California, San Diego
Current Position: Assistant Adjunct Professor

Dissertation Year: 2002
Advisor: Carol Barnes
Title: Age-related Changes in Hippocampal Map Realignment

Name: Jill Roberts
Institution: University of Kentucky
Current Position: Research Assistant Professor

Dissertation Year: 2009
Advisor: Frank Porreca
Title: The Role of Glial Activation in Descending Facilitation from the Rostroventromedial Medulla (RVM) in Models of Persistent Pain

Name: Tatiana Sandoval-Guzman
Institution: Center for Regenerative Therapies, TU Desden
Current Position: Postdoc

Dissertation Year: 2003
Advisor: Naomi Rance 
Title: Neurokinin B and the Hypothalamic Regulation

Name: Katherine Schroeder
Institution: Barrow Neurological Institute 
Current Position: Postdoc

Dissertation Year: 1998
Advisor: Herman Gordon
Title: Antagonistic Actions of Agrin on the Clustering of Acetylcholine Receptors

Name: Katja Selchow
Current Position: Airline Pilot

Dissertation Year: 1998
Advisor: John Hildebrand
Title: Processing of Plant-Associated Odors By A Subset of Projection Neurons in the Antennal Lobe of the Female Moth, Manduca Sexta

Name: Jiemin Shen
Current Position: Unknown

Dissertation Year: 1996
Advisor: Carol Barnes
Title: The Aging Hippocampsus: Neural Mechanisms Underlying Learning and Memory Deficits in Old Rats

Name: William Skaggs
Institution: California National Primate Research Center
Current Position: Associate Research Scientist

Dissertation Year: 1995
Advisor: Bruce McNaughton
Title: Relations Between the Theta Rhythm and Activity Patterns of Hippocampal Neurons

Name: Kevin Spitler

Dissertation Year: 2007
Advisor: Katalin Gothard 
Title: The Role of the Monkey Amygdala in the Autonomic Expression of Emotion

Name: Melinda Smith
Institution: UCLA
Position: Postdoc
Dissertation Year: 2012
Advisor: Naomi Rance
Title: The role of KNDY Neurons in Estrogen Modulation of LH Release, Body Weight, and Thermoregulation

Name: Daniel Stimson
Institution: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Position: Chief Science Policy, Outreach and Reporting

Dissertation Year: 1999
Advisor: Mani Ramaswami
Title: Products of the Drosophila Stoned Gene Regulate Synaptic Vesicle Cycling and Synaptic Plasticity

Name: Dawn Tamarkin
Institution: Springfield Technical Community College
Current Position: Professor
Institution: CEO, Cell Zone                                                     Institution: CEO, The Lab Zone

 

Dissertation Year: 1993
Advisor: Richard Levine
Title: The Structure, Function, and Metamorphic Reorganization of the Abdominal Stretch Receptor Organ in Manduca sexta

Name: Alexander Thome
Institution: University of Rochester
Position: AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Dissertation Year: 2012
Advisor: Carol Barnes
Title: Experience-Dependent Network Modification in the Medial Temporal Lobe

Name: Lauren Willard
Institution: Baxalta
Current Position: Associate Director, Global Publications

Dissertation Year: 1999
Advisor: Gary Wenk
Title: Pathological and Biochemical Consequences of Chronic Neuroinflammation in the Basal Forebrain: An Investigation of the Mechanisms Underlying Neuroprotection

Name: Caroline Wilson
Institution: University of Alaska, Anchorage
Current Position: Term Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology

Dissertation Year: 2006
Advisor: Alan Nighorn
Title: Just Say NO: And examination of the function of Nitric oxide in Manduca sextaolfaction

Name: Michelle Withers
Institution: Department of Biology, West Virginia University
Current Position: Associate Professor

Dissertation Year: 1995
Advisor: Paul St. John
Title: Regulation of Glycine Receptors by Embryonic Rat Spinal Cord Neurons During Development In Vitro

Name: Gabriella Wolff
Institution: Department of Biology, University of Washington
Current Position: Research Associate

Dissertation Year: 2015
Advisor: Nicolas Strausfeld
Title: Genealogical Correspondence of Learning and Memory in Centers Across Phyla

Name: Zhiyong Yang
Institution: FZata, Inc.
Current Position: CEO

Dissertation Year: 2004
Advisor: Carol Barnes 
Title: Glutamafergic contributions to hippocampal fuction in senescent rats

Name: Colin Zappone
Institution: Lilly USA, LLC
Current Position: Neuroscience Medical Liason

Dissertation Year: 2004
Advisor: Robert Sloviter
Title: Hippocampal Association and Commissural Pathways; Anatomical and Electrophysiological Studies in the Rat

 

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