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.
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.
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.
Alumnus: M.D./Ph.D. Student until 2019 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.
Kelly Seagraves is now a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of State. Prior to that she was a C.V. Starr Fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, where her research focused on better understanding social learning using behavioral and lightsheet microscopy techniques.
Jessica is a postdoctoral research associate who joined the lab following her graduate research at Rutgers University. She is interested in understanding how normal maturation of the neocortex requires lobule-specific cerebellar activity. Jessica investigates posterior cerebellum influence on flexible and social behavior using chemogenetic tools in mice.