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.

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 received a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award to examine the role of NMDA-receptor-dependent plasticity in auditory category learning, and is now looking at 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 '18 (Cognitive Science and Computer Science)

Hasan has worked on several computational projects in the Meliza lab since the summer of 2016. His work focuses on building computational neuron models and estimating intrinsic neuronal parameters. He also enjoys traveling and landscape photography. (website)

Haonan Chen '20

Fatima Ahsan '21


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Tyler Robbins '16 (BA, Cognitive Science)

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

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Ayush Sagar '15 (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 '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 '16 (BA, Computer Science)