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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Margot Bjoring

Margot is a PhD student in Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience 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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Christof Fehrman

Christof is a PhD student from the Quantitative area of the Psychology Department who is working on computational models of auditory responses.

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Yao Lu

Yao is a first-year PhD student in Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience.

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Samantha Moseley

Sam is a first-year PhD student in Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Undergraduate Students

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Fatima Ahsan

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Kayla Hess

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Leah Kiely

Alumni

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Andrew Chen 2013-2018 (PhD)

Andrew received his PhD from the Neuroscience Graduate Program. His work in the lab focused on using slice electrophysiology and anatomical methods to understand the underlying circuitry of the caudal mesopallium and how intrinsic dynamics are affected by experience.

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Crystal Gong 2015-2018 (Neuroscience and Computer Science)

Crystal worked in the Meliza lab since her first summer at UVA. She received a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award to examine the role of NMDA-receptor-dependent plasticity in auditory category learning, and then worked on a project to determine how auditory experience affects potassium channel expression. 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 2016-2018 (Cognitive Science and Computer Science)

Hasan worked on several computational projects in the Meliza lab, with a focus on building computational neuron models and estimating intrinsic neuronal parameters. He also enjoys traveling and landscape photography. (website)

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Tyler Robbins 2014-2017 (BA, Cognitive Science)

Tyler led the lab's development of statistical methods for simultaneously estimating receptive fields and intrinsic dynamics from extracellular neural recordings. After completing his honors undergraduate research, he worked on this project for a year as a technician. He is currently studying for a law degree at Stanford University.

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Ayush Sagar 2015-2016 (ME)

Ayush obtained a M. Eng. in Computer Engineering from 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 led the software and hardware reengineering effort for the starboard operant conditioning system prototype.

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Chelsea Haakenson 2014-2016 (BA, Psychology)

PhD student, University of Maryland

Chelsea worked as a research technician and spearheaded several projects on the anatomy of the zebra finch auditory system.

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J.P. Riggle 2015-2016 (BA, Neuroscience)

PhD student, University of Chicago

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Adrienne Doebrich 2015-2016 (BA, Cognitive Science)

MD student, University of Virginia

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Maggie O'Toole 2014-2016 (BA, Computer Science)