Neural Crossroads Laboratory

Lab Members

 Principal Investigator

DR. LARA MARIA RANGEL, PH.D.

Dr. Lara Maria Rangel received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2012.  She conducted her postdoctoral work in the Cognitive Rhythms Collaborative, based at Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she investigated the rhythmic coordination of neural spiking activity in the rodent hippocampus. In 2015, she became a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSD, and began investigating the relationship between local circuit level processes in the brain and extracranially measured brain rhythms. Her research tests whether rhythmic activity is important for coordinating the processing of information in organized networks of neurons. Her goal is to provide new insight into the single cell interactions underlying the occurrence of brain rhythms measured in rodents and humans.

Graduate Students

PAMELA D. RIVIÈRE

Pamela graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Neuroscience in 2015. Her primary interests lie in investigating the contributions of

distinct cell types to emergent network properties and information proces

sing in the hippocampus. She studies neural network dynamics using in vivo electrophysiology and examines single cell resonance properties using biophysical models of hippocampal neurons.

TERYN D. JOHNSON

Teryn graduated from UCSD in 2015 with a B.S. in Bioengineering and in 2017 with a M.S. in Bioengineering. His current research focuses on understanding how

information is

transferred from one local network to another as well as understanding how features of intracranial signals contribute to extracranial signals.

Lab Manager

Jerry graduated from UCSD in 2017 with a B.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. He is interested in how brain oscillations associated with

 particular tasks, events and behaviors shape macro-scale signals such as LFP recordings.

Undergraduate Students

AUSTIN GALLAGHER

Austin is an undergraduate student at UCSD majoring in Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience. He is in the Cognitive Science Honors Program and has an interest in how hippocampal place cell activity and theta sequences play a role in aspects of neuronal and behavioral dynamics during spatial navigation tasks.

MARISA GRAMS

Marisa is an undergraduate student at UCSD anticipated to graduate in 2019 with a B.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. She is interested in the potential functional role of neuronal rhythm and how computational errors may arise from altered network activity.

THEODOROS KAPOGIANIS
NICHOLAS PETERSON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicholas graduated from Sierra College in 2017 with an A.S. in natural science and is currently an undergraduate at UCSD majoring with a B.S. in Cognitive Science with specialization in neuroscience. He is interested in how memories are formed at the molecular and synaptic level as well as how these small scale changes emerge in to macro level neural oscillations.

SITARAH ZEMAR

Sitarah is an undergraduate student at UCSD majoring in Cognitive Science with a specialization in Design and Interaction. She is currently interested in the role of inhibitory interneurons in the formation of sharp wave ripples and the long-term effects of TBI’s on neural circuitry.

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