The team

Lucas Sjulson, MD, PhD

Principal investigator

Neuroscientist interested in the neural basis of reward-guided decision-making and drug addiction. Also a psychiatrist interested in developing novel gene-based treatments for clinical use. Father of three children allegedly too young to learn Muay Thai and microcontroller programming who are making progress nonetheless.

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Soyoun Kim, PhD

Post-Doc

Systems neuroscientist interested in the decision process. Wanting to understand the role of corticostriatal circuits in goal-directed behaviors. Loves hiking and watching movies.

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Eliezyer Fermino de Oliveira

Ph.D. Student

Engineer and systems neuroscientist looking to untangle basal ganglia circuits. Focused on how projections, molecular identity, and functional response shape neural assemblies. Likes to learn about new cultures and food, halal street food connoisseur, will try every restaurant in NYC.

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Kelly Clemenza

Ph.D. Student

Interested in studying genetically encoded approaches to modulating maladaptive behaviors in psychiatric disease. An NYC native and avid birder. A very occasional artist in various mediums.

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Aleksandra Fryc

Ph.D. Student

Interested in the circuitry of neuropsychiatric disorders and learning techniques to study their activity. Specific new interest in hippocampal ripple behavior. Loves trying new recipes and drawing.

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Duy Tran

M.D./Ph.D. Student

Joint MSTP student between the Sjulson and Batista-Brito labs, interested in decision making and impulsive behaviors. Specifically, how PFC activity contributes to the neural circuitry underlying these behaviors. Loves food and nature.

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Scott McElroy

Research trainee

Interested in behavioral neuroscience and reward circuitry of the brain. Loves to skateboard, travel, and play rugby.

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Season Qiu

Research trainee

Interested in value-based decision making, working memory, reinforcement learning, reverse learning with the help of population coding and behavioral analysis. Other favorite things in life are making friends with lab animals, grappling, dark roast coffee from Umbria, and performance art.

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Alumni

Yi Tian

Research trainee, 2019-2021

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Current position: PhD student, Biomedical Engineering Program, University of Michigan.

Adam Sugi

Research trainee, 2019-2020

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Current position: PhD student, Kerr lab, Max Planck Institute, Bonn, Germany.

 

Daniela Cassataro

Research trainee, 2011-2018

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Current position: PhD student, Callaway lab, University of California San Diego.

Andrea Cumpelik

Research trainee, 2014-2018

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Current position: PhD student, Csicsvari lab, Institute of Science and Technology, Austria.

Edith Chung

Research trainee, 2018-2019

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Current position: PhD student, Trenholm lab, McGill University.

J. Luke Norena, BA

Research Assistant, 2018-2019

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Gabriel Ben-Dor, MD

Medical student

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Current position: Combined neurology/psychiatry residency, NYU Langone Medical Center.

Jacob Kerr

High school student, summer 2019

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Current position: Cornell Engineering

Simon Fridlyand

High school volunteer, summer 2018

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Maesoumeh Mohammadkhani

Undergraduate volunteer

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Current position: data scientist, MediaMath