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Congratulations Dr. Ben Deverett!

June 6, 2019
Congratulations to Dr. Ben Deverett, who succesfully defended his PhD today. Ben has been a very valuable member of the Wang lab and the Tank lab. He contributed a thorough understanding of cerebellar Crus1 in a working memory task. His first-author papers can be found here and here, and he contributed to many more. Ben will continue with the MD part of his MD/PhD program.
Joey Broussard

Dr. Joey Broussard wins NRSA postdoctoral fellowship

June 5, 2019
Congratulations to Dr. Joey Broussard for news of funding of his submission for the prestigious NRSA postdoctoral fellowship supported by the BRAIN intiative. This award will allow him to unravel the mysteries of cerebellar granule cell encoding of a working memory task.
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Graduation Patricia Aguiar and Christina Matl

June 3, 2019
Patricia Aguiar and Christina Matl received their undergraduate degrees from Princeton University today. Congratulations Patricia and Christina! Patricia and Christina did their undergraduate research in the Wang lab, and were supervised by Dr. Kelly Seagraves and Dr. Jess Verpeut, respectively. We wish them both all the best in their future endeavors. Photo: Patricia Aguiar with her mentor Dr. Kelly Seagraves.
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Dr. Kelly Seagraves is PTI's Unsung Hero

May 24, 2019
Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Seagraves who received the Unsung Hero Award as a recognition for her excellence in teaching with the Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) at Princeton University. She is praised for her 'willingness to step up, knowledge of people and procedures, and unflappable let's-just-keep-moving-forward style provide an anchor' for STEM instructors and students at Fort Dix. We are lucky to have such an amazing colleague in the lab.
John D'Uva

John D'Uva joins the lab

April 1, 2019
John D'Uva joins the lab as a Research Specialist. He will help the BRAIN COGS team analyze light sheet microscopy data. 
Dr. Tom Pisano

Congratulations Dr. Tom Pisano!

March 21, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Tom Pisano who succesfully presented his Final Public Oral today! The Wang lab is very proud of his accomplishment and has been happy to have had Tom as a colleague in the lab. We wish him all the best in continuing his MD/PhD degree. Videos from his FPO can be found in the links below.

FPO Dr. Tom Pisano, slides with audio: https://mediacentral.princeton.edu/media/2019-03-21+Tom+Pisano+FPO.mp4/1_apfnmx6d

FPO Dr. Tom Pisano, recording of room from camera 1 (focused on
slides): https://mediacentral.princeton.edu/media/2019-03-21+Tom_Pisano_FPO_Camera1/1_sv23jez8

FPO Dr. Tom Pisano, recording from camera 2 (focused on Tom): 
https://mediacentral.princeton.edu/media/2019-03-21+Tom_Pisano_FPO_Camera2/1_q4wl8rua

Marlies Oostland

Dr. Marlies Oostland receives Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship

February 12, 2019
Dr. Marlies Oostland has received the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship from the European Union's Horizon2020 program for research on the neuroscience of tickling: cerebellar mechanisms and sensory prediction, which she will perform at Princeton University and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
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New paper on Biorxiv: 'Cerebellar disruption impairs working memory during evidence accumulation'

January 17, 2019
The Wang lab has another paper published on Biorxiv today. Work by Ben Deverett, Mikhail Kislin, David Tank, and Sam Wang shows that during accumulation of somatosensory evidence, optogenetic manipulation of cerebellar Purkinje cells reduced the accuracy of subsequent memory-guided decisions and caused mice to downweight prior information. Behavioral deficits were consistent with the addition of noise and leak to the evidence accumulation process, suggesting the cerebellum can influence the maintenance of working memory contents.