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Sam Wang

Samuel S.-H. Wang

Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Sam Wang is professor of molecular biology and neuroscience at Princeton University. His work focuses on the neurobiology of learning, at levels ranging from single synapses to the whole brain. Dr. Wang’s research places special emphasis on the cerebellum, a brain region generally associated with the coordination of muscle movements. He is particularly curious about the cerebellum’s role in cognition and social thought processes, and he is using neural imaging of this part of the brain to search for clues to the causes of autism, a major concern of his laboratory.
Joey Broussard

Gerard Joey Broussard

Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Joined September 2018
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.
Ben Deverett

Ben Deverett

M.D./Ph.D. Student

Ben studies 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

Zahra M. Dhanerawala

B.Sc.
Research Specialist
Joined June 2018
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.
Junuk Lee

Junuk Lee

Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Joined September 2017

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.

Marlies Oostland

Marlies Oostland

Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Joined January 2018

Marlies is a postdoctoral research associate who joined the lab following postdoctoral research at the University of Edinburgh (UK) and graduate research at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands). She is now combining her expertise of in vivo electrophysiology with the lab's expertise in cognitive function of the cerebellum. She is studying the neuronal computations in the cerebellum underlying the cognitive process of decision making, using behavioral paradigms developed in the Wang lab.

Dafina Pacuku

Dafina Pacuku

B.Sc.
Research Specialist
Joined January 2018
Dafina is a Rutgers University graduate, with a B.A. in genetics. Her exposure to neuroscience began as an undergraduate, where she served as an assistant to a laboratory at the Brain Health Institute in Piscataway. She currently assists researchers in the Wang lab with various tasks, but mainly she accumulates data by carrying out behavioral experiments and preparing histological slides to be analyzed.  
Tom Pisano

Thomas J. Pisano

M.D./Ph.D. Student
NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Fellow

Tom Pisano is an M.D./Ph.D. student and a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Fellow in the Wang Lab. His research concerns the long distance connectivity of the posterior cerebellum. His research uses a combination of viral tracers, computational neuroanatomy, machine learning and whole brain clearing techniques to look at the topographical organization of cerebellar connections to the rest of the brain. His interests include cerebello-thalamo-cortical connections and the cerebellum's contribution to non-motor behavior.