Sam Wang is a professor of neuroscience at Princeton University. An alumnus of the California Institute of Technology, where he received a B.S. with honor in physics, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1993. He conducted postdoctoral research at Duke University Medical Center and then at Bell Labs Lucent Technologies. In the mid-1990s, he also worked on science and education policy for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. He joined the Princeton University faculty in 2000. He currently has affiliate appointments in the Program in Law and Public Affairs, the Center for Cognitive Science, the Program in Quantitative and Computational Biology, and the Center for Information Technology Policy.
Prof. Wang's lab investigates how brains learn from sensory experience, in adulthood and development, with relevance for autism. His lab is particularly curious about the cerebellum’s role in cognition and social thought processes. His neuroscience research has been recognized and supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the W.M.Keck Foundation, the Rita Allen Foundation, the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. He is also a member of the New Jersey Governor's Council on Medical Research and Treatment of Autism. He is also the author of two popular books, Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life (2008), which was named Young Adult Science Book of the Year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College (2011). The two books are available in over 20 languages.
Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Associate Office: PNI A84H
Joey is a postdoctoral research associate who joined the lab following his graduate research at University of California, Davis. His research is focused on uncovering the principles of information encoding in the parallel fiber to Purkinje cell pathway of the cerebellum. He develops and utilizes novel genetically encoded tools and optical recordings from awake, behaving rodents in the service of this aim.
Tiffany is an undergraduate who is studying responses to different touch stimuli in mice to understand how Crus1 and deep cerebellar nuclei are involved in processing sensory information and how it differs in wildtype and autism models.
John graduated with a B.S. from the University of Miami where he majored in Economics and concentrated on topics in Econometrics and Game Theory. He later withdrew from his career as an Equities Trader on Wall Street to pursue his interests in Data Science and Bioinformatics. John will be applying his passion for quantitative analysis by implementing Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence techniques to help the BRAIN COGS team analyze light sheet microscopy data. He also plans to eventually pursue a graduate program in either Computer Science or Computational Biology.
Alumnus; M.D./Ph.D. Student until 2019 Office: PNI A76H
Ben studied cerebellar roles in decision-making and working memory using an evidence accumulation paradigm. His work includes two-photon calcium imaging, optogenetic manipulations, and behavior modeling.
Zahra is a Research Specialist working in the Wang lab as part of BRAIN COGS at Princeton University. She joined the lab after completing her B.Sc. at Simmons College and senior thesis work at Harvard Medical School. She is interested in using viral tracing, microscopy, and computational approaches to study whole brain morphology and connectivity in rodents.
M.A. Alumna: Research Specialist 2018-2019 Office: PNI A92B
Caroline was a Research Specialist in the Wang Lab who joined following behavioral and biochemical research at NYU School of Medicine. She is a NYU (M.A.) and Rutgers University (B.A.) graduate, with interest in rodent surgery and behavior.
Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Associate Office: PNI A84C
Junuk is a postdoctoral research associate who joined the lab following earlier postdoctoral research at Princeton University and Stanford University, and graduate research at Seoul National University (South Korea). He is interested in the role of neuromodulators on synaptic and neuronal properties in the deep cerebellar nuclei.