Graduate Program in Neuroscience

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July 8, 2020

Neuroscience Student, Ray Sanchez, utilizes the global pandemic to study sleep while folks are confined to their homes

Ray Sanchez has spent the past 5 years studying  sleep and circadian rhythms in mice in Horacio de la Iglesia’s lab. However, the pandemic has led to Ray changing course to study sleep patterns, stress, and mood amidst the social distancing of COVID-19. The study is hoping to provide useful information on how routines affect sleep, and…


Recent Neuroscience Graduate, Kali Esancy creates a crowd-source list to help our community

Kali Esancy has always been a giant in community outreach for the Neuroscience program. Since COVID-19, she has only extended her reach even farther. Kali has been a part of an effort to crowd-source a list of ways that folks can help out through places that need donations, visiting small businesses owned by people of…


June 9, 2020

Neuroscience Graduate Students Su-Yee Lee and Ellen Lesser respond to the call to test samples for COVID-19

On March 6th, the University of Washington moved to a work from home model when appropriate. Labs shut down, classes went online, and folks started their self-isolation hoping to flatten the curve to help our city and the residents. This new Virus, COVID-19, led UW Medicine to create new lab spaces in order to handle…


March 11, 2020

The Society of General Physiologists names a new award for UW Neuroscience faculty Sharona Gordon

This new award by the Society of General Physiologists is to recognize the contributions Sharona has made “in changing the scientific environment, including establishing standards of equity in the peer review process during her time as editor-in-chief of the Journal of General Physiology”. Sharona has worked tirelessly to develop more equitable opportunities for all people….


August 14, 2019

Brain Power in the Seattle Times with Jeff Ojemann, Jonathan Ting, and Ed Lein

In the June 23rd edition of “Pacific NW” from the Seattle Times, an article entitled Brain Power was featured for the work that Seattle Neuroscientists are completing together. BRain Power focuses on the extraction of live brain tissue and the journey that this tissue then takes to be examined by a separate group of Neuroscientists to…


August 13, 2019

Nephi Stella elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences

In a statement released on July 15th, eight scientists and engineers were selected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences for their “outstanding record of scientific and technical achievement and their willingness to work on behalf of the academy to bring the best available science to bear on issues within the state of Washington.” Nephi…


May 10, 2019

Incoming student, Russell Marx, and current faculty member, John Neumaier, use software and algorithms to understand mice vocalizations

The lab of John Neumaier is trying to make it easier to analyze rat and mice audio. By slowing mice vocalizations, and using software and algorithms, Neumaier’s team is making it easier to study a rodents emotional state. This software is now known as DeepSqueak and finds patterns in slowed down rodent audio to be…


April 26, 2019

Neuroscience Student, Alec Gibson, named Husky 100

The Husky 100 is composed of 100 different University of Washington undergraduate and graduate students across the Bothell, Seattle, and Tacoma campuses. These 100 students are honored for making the most of their time while here at the UW. This  spring, the graduate Neuroscience program had one student receive the designation as part of the…


April 10, 2019

Bing Brunton uses flying insects to understand how fewer sensors and data helps the insect make instantaneous decisions

“Big Data is all the rage. There is a tendency to say that more data is always better. That’s true to a certain extent, but it’s not always true” says Bing Brunton, a Neuroscience Faculty member. Bing uses flying insects to analyze neuron inputs that help make quick decisions. Flying insects are used as their sensors…


March 28, 2019

Recent Graduate, Alison Weber, is named Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

A total of eight researchers have been named by the Washington Research Foundation (WRF) as Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows. One, a recent graduate (Winter 2019) of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, is none other than Alison Weber. Alison will receive three years of Postdoctoral funding to investigate how insect nervous systems use limited sensory information…



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