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    Luli Akinfiresoye Dr. N'Gouemo

    (202) 687 -1883
    Office:Bldg D, 266
    Lab:Bldg D

    Neuropharmacology
    Molecular Neuroscience
    Behavioral Neuroscience
    Education:B.Sc, Temple University, Biochemistry, 2007; M.A.,University of Scranton, Clinical Chemistry, 2009; Ph.D., Pharmacology, 2013
    Dissertation title:Evaluating the Antidepressant Effect of AMPA and Ketamine in a rat model of depression: A mechanistic study
    Prior Research:Elucidating the mechanism of action of AMPA and Ketamine as an antidepressant.
    Current Research:Probing the role of HVA calcium channels expecially the P-typce calcium channels in the neurobiology of alcohol withdrawal seizure.
    Education: PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Georgetown University, 2008, MS in Biotechnology, Georgetown University
    Dissertation Title: Role of calcium in activation of estrogen receptor-alpha
    Prior Research: Studied hormone independent activation of estrogen receptor-alpha focusing mainly on PLC/calcium pathway. Also determined the mechanism by which calcium activates the estrogen receptor-alpha.
    Current Research: Current project focuses on studying the functions of ApoER2 receptor in Alziemer's disease. Project addresses the effect of ligand binding on clustering and clevage of ApoER2 and its effect on downstream signaling pathways.
    Education: Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Georgetown University, 2011
    Dissertation Title: Sequelae of neonatal antiepileptic drug exposure
    Prior Research: Behavioral teratogenicity of SSRIs and antiepileptic drugs. Neural substrates of goal-directed behavior and seizure propegation
    Current Research: I employ multiple approachs (ranging from molecular to behavioral) to answer the following questions: 1) what are the neural circuits that control seizures in rodents 2) what is the contribution of the hippocampus to memory in the non-human primate 3) what are the impacts of antiepileptic drugs on the developing brain. Current projects employ pharmacological inactivation and optogenetic manipulation of brain structures, viral mediated gene transfer, histochemistry, biochemistry, and behavioral analysis.
    Education: Drexel University, Ph.D, 2009
    Dissertation Title: Identifying positional candidate genes on chromosome 10 that are involved in APP processing
    Prior Research: Established and validated a novel high through-put luciferase assay to identify regulators of APP metabolism. Identified 16 novel modulators located on Ch.10, a region reported to harbor candidate genes associated with Alzheimer's Disease.
    Current Research: Parkin's protective role to alleviate the neuropathology induced by amyloidogenic proteins in lentiviral gene transfer animal models. Examine the relationship between pathogenic proteins involved in neurodegeneration, including APP, Abeta1-42, Tau, alpha-Synuclein, and TDP-43, and the protective role of parkin in modulation of autophagy.
    Pawel Kusmierek Josef Rauschecker
    Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition

    x7-8851
    Office: NRB WP23
    Lab: NRB WP23; RRF G34

    Neurophysiology
    Systems Neuroscience
    Education: MSc, Warsaw University, Poland, 1996; PhD, Nencki Institute, Warsaw, Poland, 2004
    Dissertation Title: Memory and recognition of directional auditory stimuli after lesions to the temporal cortex in dogs
    Prior Research: Role of the medial temporal lobe and auditory cortex in auditory recognition memory, studied in dogs and monkeys.
    Current Research: Auditory cortex of macaque monkeys, single unit recordings. Representation of auditory objects, auditory space, integration of action and audition. Temporal factors in auditory cortex organization. Population analysis of stimulus representation in auditory cortex.
    Aaron Meyer Rhonda Friedman
    Cognitive Neuropsychology Lab

    x7-4196
    Office: Bldg D, 207G
    Lab: Bldg D, 204

    Language
    Neurodegeneration and Neural Injury
    Cognitive Neuroscience
    Education: PhD, University of Missouri, 2005
    Dissertation Title: Eyetracking Investigations of Lexical Ambiguity Resolution
    Prior Research: Conducted eyetracking and ERP studies of meaning selection and revision in young and older adults. Examined the semantic and syntactic processing of individuals with agrammatic aphasia.
    Current Research: My current project is a treatment study that aims to reduce naming deficits in participants who have primary progressive aphasia.
    Olumide Olulade Guinevere Eden
    Center for the Study of Learning

    x7-0184
    Office: Bldg D, 144
    Lab: Bldg D, Suite 150

    Language Development
    Cognitive Neuroscience
    Education: Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, 2010
    Dissertation Title: Characterizing the Effect of Recent Acoustic History Properties on Auditory fMRI Responses
    Prior Research: I studied the interaction between neural responses from desired and un-desired acoustic sources in fMRI, with a view to incorporating the findings into compensatory mathematical models to account for the presence of the interfering scanner noise.
    Current Research: My current research involves examining the neural correlates of visual word processing in the ventral stream, both from a developmental aspect, as well as in individuals with dyslexia. I am also studying the role played by visual magnocellular deficits in dyslexia.
    Oya Ozemir Michael Ullman
    Brain and Language Lab

    x7-6065
    Office: Bldg D, 237
    Lab: same

    Language
    Cognitive Neuroscience
    Education: Bogazici University, B.A., 1994; Istanbul University, M.A., 1998; Bogazici University, Ph.D, 2013
    Dissertation title: Reading span tests as predictors of L2 reading comprehension:investigating differences in task design and assessment through behavioral and eye movement data
    Prior Research: I researched how working memory may affect reading comprehension in a second language, especially when it is measured by using different working memory tests.
    Current Research: I research how second language vocabulary and grammar learning can be enhanced through memory improvement techniques (spaced repetition, repeated testing, etc.).
    Jessica Phillips-Silver Josef Rauschecker
    Laboratory for Integrative Cognitive Neuroscience

    Office: NRB WP-19
    Lab: NRB WP-19

    Cognitive Neuroscience
    Neural Networks
    Development
    Education: Carnegie Mellon University, BHA, 1999, McMaster University, PhD, 2007, BRAMS, Post Doc, 2011
    Dissertation title: Multisensory Processing of Music: Movement Influences Adults' and Infants' Auditory Perception
    Prior Research: I study beat perception and synchronization in infants, adults and special populations. I documented the first case of beat deafness.
    Current Research: I will study beat processing in the blind, with relation to movement, prioprioception, and cognitive functioning.
    Clara A. Scholl Maximilian Riesenhuber
    Laboratory for Computational Cognitive Neuroscience

    x7-6983
    Office: NRB, WP-01
    Lab: BSB, 218

    Cognitive Neuroscience
    Neuroimaging
    Systems Neuroscience
    Education: Ph.D. 2013, B.A. 2005
    Dissertation title: EEG Investigations of the Temporal Dynamics of Visual Object Categorization in Human Brain
    Prior Research: Studied force-driven unfolding events of the sarcomeric protein Titin using atomic force microscopy as an undergraduate student. Used pharmacological MRI to study systems level effects of a serotonin-norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor in the brain as a postbaccalaureate fellow at the NIH.
    Current Research: One of the most impressive aspects of human cognition is its ability to, through practice, convert effortful tasks to those that can be performed with little effort, and even in parallel with other, attention-demanding tasks. We are using a combination of fMRI rapid adaptation (fMRI-RA) and EEG-RA to test the key hypothesis that under certain conditions, familiar tasks can be "offloaded" to posterior neural circuits, thus freeing up the frontal system to simultaneously perform additional, attention-demanding tasks.
    Laura Skipper Peter Turkeltaub
    Cognitive Recovery Laboratory

    (202) 687-5189
    Office: Bldg D, 170A
    Lab: Bldg D, 165

    Cognitive Neuroscience
    Neurodegeneration and Neural Injury
    Neuroimaging
    Education: B.S., Ph.D
    Dissertation title: Understanding neural representations and semantic structures supporting abstract and concrete concepts: A combined fMRI and neuropsychological approach
    Prior Research: Prior to joining Dr. Turkeltaub's laboratory, my research focused on semantic knowledge of abstract concepts and words. I particularly focused on emotional and social abstract concepts.
    Current Research: In Dr. Turkeltaub's laboratory, my research concerns the neural correlates of aphasia recovery. I use fMRI and structural MRI, voxel-based lesion mapping, and behavioral measures of language performance to carry out this research
    João Veríssimo Michael Ullman
    Brain and Language Lab

    x7-6064
    Office: Bldg D, 237
    Lab: Bldg D, 237

    Language
    Cognitive Neuroscience
    Education: University of Lisbon, B.A., 2002; University of Essex, Ph.D., 2010
    Dissertation Title: Stems and rules: A dual-mechanism account of verbal stem formation in Portuguese
    Prior Research: I researched the representation and processing of complex words in Portuguese, with Dr. Harald Clahsen, at the University of Essex, UK.
    Current Research: I research the representation, processing, and neural bases of language. The general background for my research is the debate between symbolic and associative approaches to language and cognition. More specifically, I am interested in the distinction between general and idiosyncratic linguistic processes, the relationship between language and memory systems, and in how factors such as genetic variability influence the neurocognition of language.
    Xiaozhen You Chandan Vaidya
    Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

    x7-8223
    Office: WGR 401
    Lab: WGR 401

    Cognitive Neuroscience
    Neuroimaging
    Education: PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University
    Dissertation Title: Principal component analysis and assessment of language network actication patterns in pediatric epilepsy
    Prior Research: To identify fMRI language reorganization sub-patterns in pediatric Epilepsy
    Current Research: fMRI and DTI analyses of attention and emotion in pediatric developmental disorders, with emphasis on functional connectivity in Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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