Principal Investigator

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Dan Meliza

Dan is a behavioral neuroscientist who studies the neural mechanisms of auditory pattern learning. He received his BA in 1999 from Lewis and Clark College and his PhD in 2005 from UC Berkeley where he was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Working in the lab of Yang Dan, he demonstrated that spike-timing-dependent plasticity could modify visual receptive fields in young rats. He worked with Dan Margoliash at the University of Chicago as a Ruth L Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2014, he joined the faculty at the University of Virginia and is currently an Assistant Professor.

Graduate Students

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Andrew Chen '13 (PhD)

Andrew is a PhD student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. He received his BA in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University. His work focuses on using slice electrophysiology and anatomical methods to understand the underlying circuitry of the caudal mesopallium and how it contributes to auditory processing.

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Margot Bjoring '15 (PhD)

Margot is a PhD student in the Psychology Department and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She earned a BA in Linguistics from Rice University. She worked for several years as a technical writer and editor at the Vanderbilt Center for Quantitative Sciences. She is examining the auditory and intrinsic response properties of neuron types in the avian auditory cortex.

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Ayush Sagar '15 (ME)

Ayush is pursuing a M. Eng. in Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He graduated in Electrical & Electronics Engineering at GGS IP University, India in 2013. Prior to joining UVA, he was a Research Associate at L V Prasad Eye Institute, India where he developed portable electroretinography and stereopsis screening devices. He is leading the software & hardware reengineering effort for the starboard operant conditioning system prototype towards its wider adoption in the scientific community and for meeting evolving requirements of the lab.

Research Staff

Tyler Robbins

Undergraduate Students

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Crystal Gong '18 (Neuroscience and Computer Science)

Crystal has worked in the Meliza lab since her first summer at UVA. She recently received a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award to examine the role of NMDA-receptor-dependent plasticity in auditory category learning. In her free time, Crystal enjoys climbing rock walls and watching cooking shows, but not at the same time.

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Hasan Khan '18

Alumni

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Chelsea Haakenson '12 (BA, Psychology)

PhD student, University of Maryland

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J.P. Riggle '16 (BA, Neuroscience)

PhD student, University of Chicago

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Adrienne Doebrich '16 (BA, Cognitive Science)

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Maggie O'Toole