Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Associate Office: PNI A84C
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 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 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.
Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Associate Office: PNI A84F
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.