K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Awardees

ZI K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Awardees

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Marcus Triplett, PhD

February 2024 - BRAIN Initiative/NINDS K99/R00

Mentors: Liam Paninski, Hillel Adesnik (UC Berkeley), Adam Cohen (Harvard)

1K99NS135649-01: Computational Methods for Precise Holographic Control and Mapping of Neural Circuits

Current position: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Lorenzo Posani, PhD

December 2023 - NIMH K99/R00

Mentors: Stefano Fusi, Steve Siegelbaum, Ueli Rutishauser (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)

1K99MH135166-01: Investigating the neural mechanisms of social memory in the hippocampal-cortical network

Current position: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Erin Flaherty, PhD

September 2023 - MOSAIC/NIMH K99/R00

Mentors: Tom Maniatis

1K99MH132889-01A1: The role of the protocadherin gene cluster in neurodevelopment and the implications for neurodevelopmental disorders

Current position: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Pei-Yin Shih, PhD

August 2023 - NIGMS K99/R00

Mentors: Andres Bendesky, Franck Polleux

1K99GM151689-01: Genetics and neurobiology of aggression of Betta splendens

Current position: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Tahereh Toosi, PhD

August 2023 - NEI K99/R00

Mentors: Ken Miller, Larry Abbott

1K99EY035357-01: Computational and theoretical understanding of regulatory mechanisms shaping natural vision

Current position: Associate Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Erica Rodriguez, PhD

July 2023 - MOSAIC/NIGMS K99/R00

Mentors: Daniel Salzman, Steve Siegelbaum

1K99GM153720-01: Dissecting the synaptic and circuit mechanisms underlying olfactory-driven social behavior

Current position: Associate Research Fellow, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Catherine Insel, PhD

July 2023 - MOSAIC/NIMH K99/R00

Mentors: Daphna Shohamy, Stefano Fusi

1K99MH133994-01: Computational and neurodevelopmental mechanisms of memory-guided decision-making

Current position: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Roberto Gulli

July 2023 - NINDS K99/R00

Mentors: Daniel Salzman, Stefano Fusi, Mark Churchland

1K99NS133475-01: Elucidating the Neural Computations Underlying Spatial Learning, Decision-Making and Generalization in Virtually-Navigating Monkeys

Current position: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Joan Pulupa, PhD

July 2023 - MOSAIC/NIDCD K99/R00

Mentors: Stavros Lomvardas

1K99DC021219-01: Identifying the mechanism of olfactory receptor gene regulation in olfactory neurons with live-cell imaging

Current position: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Emily Mackevicius, PhD

April 2023 - BRAIN Initiative/NINDS K99/R00

Mentors: Dmitriy Aronov, Larry Abbott

1K99NS131256-01: Probing form and function of memory representations in the hippocampus of memory expert birds

Current position: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Amy Norovich, PhD

April 2023 - BRAIN Initiative K99/R00 (not accepted due to Amy's change in position)

Mentors: Andres Bendesky, Liam Paninski, Darcy Kelley

Proposed project: Probing the molecular and neural mechanisms of sexually dimorphic aggression in the Siamese fighting fish Betta splendens

Current position: Scientist, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), New York, NY, USA

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Hannah Payne, PhD

January 2023 - BRAIN Initiative/NEI K99/R00

Mentors: Dmitriy Aronov, Larry Abbott, Elizabeth Buffalo

1K99EY034700-01: Processing of visual information by spatial memory circuits in the avian brain

Current position: Associate Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Tristan Geiller, PhD

January 2023 - NIMH K99/R00

Mentors: Attila Losonczy, Stefano Fusi

1K99MH129565-01A1: Dissecting the functional organization of local hippocampal circuits underlying spatial representations

Current position: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

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Erdem Varol, PhD

August 2022 - NIMH K99/R00

Mentors: Liam Paninski, Attila Losonczy, Oliver Hobert

1K99MH128772-01A1: Transcriptional basis of stereotyped neural architectures

Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the Tandon School of Engineering, New York, NY, USA

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Justin O'Hare, PhD

July 2022 - BRAIN Initiative/NINDS K99/R00

Mentors: Attila Losonczy, Franck Polleux

1K99NS127815-01: Defining the circuit, synaptic, and molecular mechanisms linking intracellular Ca2+ release to learning using subcellularly-targeted manipulations and imaging techniques in dendrites in vivo

Current position: Associate Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Marcela Carmona, PhD

July 2022 - BRAIN Initiative/NINDS K99/R00

Mentors: Rui Costa, Elizabeth Hillman

1K99NS127857-01: Dissection of Cell Type Specific Contributions to Motor Learning Circuits

Current position: Associate Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Vivek Athalye, PhD

July 2022 - NINDS K99/R00

Mentors: Rui Costa, Liam Paninski

1K99NS128250-01: Connectivity principles underlying network dynamics and learning

Current position: Associate Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Alice Mosberger, PhD

April 2022 - BRAIN Initiative/NINDS K99/R00

Mentors: Rui Costa, Daniel Wolpert

1K99NS126307-01: Dissecting the role of cortico-basal ganglia circuit diversity in action learning from reinforcement

Current position: Associate Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Kenneth Kay, PhD

September 2021 - NIMH K99/R00

Mentors: Larry Abbott, John Cunningham

1K99MH126158-01A1: Neural dynamics and substrates of graphical knowledge

Current position: Associate Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Zirong Gu, PhD

December 2020 - NINDS K99/R00

Mentors: Rui Costa, Hyungbae Kwon

1K99NS119788-01: Action-specific dissecting of basal ganglia: from the classical model to diverse action-specific subcircuits

Current position: Associate Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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Joshua Glaser, PhD

December 2020 - NINDS K99/R00

Mentors: Liam Paninski, John Cunningham, Mark Churchland

1K99NS119787-01: Interpretable machine learning for understanding the neural control of movement

Current position: Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA (lab website here)

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Anders Nelson, PhD

August 2020 - NINDS K99/R00

Mentors: Rui Costa, Mark Churchland

1K99NS118053-01: Coordination of Structure and Function in Corticospinal and Corticostriatal Pathways

Current position: Assistant Professor, New York University, New York, NY, USA (lab website here)

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Samuel Norman-Haignere, PhD

June 2020 - NIDCD K99/R00

Mentors: Nima Mesgarani, Niko Kriegeskorte

1K99DC018051-01A1: Revealing the organization and functional significance of neural timescales in auditory cortex

Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA (lab website here)

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Azahara Oliva, PhD

April 2020 - NIMH K99/R00

Mentors: Steve Siegelbaum, György Buzsáki

1K99MH122582-01: Hippocampal-subcortical interactions underlying social memory

Current position: Assistant Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA (lab website here)

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Heike Blockus, PhD

April 2020 - NINDS K99/R00

Mentors: Franck Polleux, Attila Losonczy

1K99NS115984-01: Exploring new roles of Robo2 in synaptic development, plasticity and hippocampal circuit function

Current position: Associate Principal Scientist, Verge Genomics, San Francisco, CA, USA

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Karen Schroeder, PhD

March 2020 - BRAIN Initiative/NINDS K99/R00

Mentors: Mark Churchland, Larry Abbott

1K99NS115919-01: Characterizing the structure of motor cortex activity across multiple behaviors for improved brain-machine interfaces

Current position: Research Operations Manager, Basis Research Institute, New York, NY, USA

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James Murray, PhD

December 2019 - NINDS K99/R00

Mentors: Larry Abbott, Rui Costa

1K99NS114194-01: Reinforcement learning and action sequencing in subcortical and cortical circuits

Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA (lab website here)

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Jonathan Tang, PhD

June 2019 - NINDS K99/R00

Mentors: Rui Costa, Stefano Fusi

1K99NS112575-01: Dissecting the action learning process with dopaminergic reinforcement

Current position: Associate Research Scientist, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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David Barack, PhD

April 2019 - BRAIN Initiative/NIDA K99/R00

Mentors: C. Daniel Salzman, Stefano Fusi

1K99DA048748-01: Neural signatures of learning complex environments in the amygdala-prefrontal network

Current position: Research Associate, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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Ewoud Schmidt, PhD

September 2018 - NINDS K99/R00

Mentors: Franck Polleux, Rui Costa

1K99NS109323-01: The role of the human-specific gene SRGAP2C in regulating neuronal circuit function and behavior

Current position: Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA (lab website here)

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Aaron Koralek, PhD

September 2018 - NIMH K99/R00

Mentors: Rui Costa, Stefano Fusi

1K99MH118412-01: The role of dopaminergic and noradrenergic signaling in exploratory and exploitative behavioral states

Current position: Computational Neuroscientist, Sage Therapeutics, Boston, MA, USA

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Paolo Botta, PhD

July 2018 - NINDS K99/R00

Mentors: Rui Costa, Stefano Fusi

1K99NS107721-01: Dissecting the role of dorsomedial striatal circuitries in action selection during spatial exploration

Current position: Senior Research Scientist, Lundbeck, Copenhagen, Denmark