Neural Crossroads Laboratory

Lab Members

 Principal Investigator


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 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 processing 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 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 rhythms mediate cross-regional communication and how features of intracranial signals contribute to extracranial signals.


Mia graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Cognitive Science. She is interested in comparing neurophysiological signals acquired from rodents and humans, with a current focus on signals acquired from learning and memory systems. She also develops analytic tools for relating signals acquired at different scales.


Research Assistants


Austin received a B.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurosciences from UCSD in 2019. He examines hippocampal place cell activity and theta sequences during spatial navigation tasks.



Undergraduate Students


Vani is working toward a B.S. in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Mathematics at UCSD in 2021. She is interested in pattern completion and separation in the hippocampus, and their corresponding relationship to the development of salient expectations.





Chris received his A.A. in General Science from Santa Monica College and will graduate UCSD with his B.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, and a minor in Biology, in 2021. He is interested in decoding the neuronal mechanisms behind cognitive processes in efforts to help translational researchers develop new biomarkers and treatments for cognitive and neuropsychiatric disorders. He is currently investigating how neural oscillations in hippocampal regions mediate associative memory processing.




Jerry graduated from UCSD in 2017 with a B.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. He is interested in how particular tasks, events, and behaviors shape meso-scale physiological signals such as the local field potential.



Marisa received a B.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience from UCSD in 2019. She is interested in the potential functional role of neuronal rhythms and how computational errors may arise from altered network activity.



Theo graduated from UCSD in 2019. He is interested in pattern integration, pattern separation, pattern completion, and catastrophic interference in the hippocampal circuit. He enjoys slacklining and escaping into the woods.




Nicholas graduated from Sierra College in 2017 with an A.S. in natural science, and received a B.S. in Cognitive Science with specialization in neuroscience in 2019. He is interested in how memories are formed through changes at the molecular and synaptic levels as well as how these small scale changes emerge in meso-scale neural oscillations.


Sitarah graduated from UCSD in 2019. She was a Cognitive Science major with a specialization in Design and Interaction. She she studied the role of inhibitory interneurons in the formation of sharp wave ripples and was interested in the long-term effects of TBI on neural circuitry.




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