Dan 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 Associate Professor.
Aysegul received her BS degree in Biochemistry and her Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience in 2018 from Pamukkale University, Turkey. She was awarded an International Research Fellowship by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. She completed her dissertation project in Alev Erisir's lab at the University of Virginia investigating the role of catecholaminergic pathways in ADHD. She joined the lab in February 2020. She is working on the involvement of the voltage-gated potassium channel (Kv1.1) in auditory learning.
Christof is a PhD student from the Quantitative area of the Psychology Department who is working on computational models of auditory responses.
Yao is a PhD student in Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience. She is investigating the mechanisms of experience-dependent intrinsic plasticity in the songbird auditory system.
Sam is a third-year PhD student in Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience. Her research centers on how the auditory system learns to hear vocalizations in complex acoustic conditions.
Margot Bjoring 2015-2021 (PhD)
Margot received her PhD in Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience from the Psychology Department. Before joining the lab, she earned a BA in Linguistics from Rice University and worked for several years as a technical writer and editor at the Vanderbilt Center for Quantitative Sciences. While at UVA, Margot was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, a Jefferson Scholars Foundation Fellow, and a UVA Presidential Data Science Fellow. Her dissertation investigated the neural basis of auditory restoration in the avian auditory cortex.
Katherine Nimchuk 2020-2021 (Research Technician)
Katherine received her BS in Neuroscience from Furman University. She joined the lab in June 2020 and is now a PhD student in the UVA neuroscience graduate program.
Kayla Hess 2018-2021 (Biology)
Kayla worked on a number of projects in the lab, most recently looking at how Kv1.1 expression changes in the zebra finch auditory cortex during the sensory critical period for song learning. She is currently in an MHS program in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins.
Fatima Ahsan 2017-2021 (Neuroscience)
Fatima completed a Distinguished Majors Project that investigated the microcircuitry of the avian auditory cortex. She received a Harrison Undergraduate Research award in 2020.
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. Andrew is currently a Senior Associate at the Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy.
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.
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)
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. Tyler received a law degree from Stanford University in 2021.
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.
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.
J.P. Riggle 2015-2016 (BA, Neuroscience)
PhD student, University of Chicago
Adrienne Doebrich 2015-2016 (BA, Cognitive Science)
MD student, University of Virginia
Maggie O'Toole 2014-2016 (BA, Computer Science)