György Buzsáki, MD, PhD
György Buzsáki, MD, PhDPrincipal Investigator, Biggs Professor of Neuroscience

Prof. György Buzsáki has published more than 300 papers and is among the top 1% most-cited neuroscientists. Prof. Buzsáki is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, Academia Europaea, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and foreign member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He sits on the editorial boards of several leading neuroscience journals.

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Antal Berényi, MD, PhD
Antal Berényi, MD, PhD Research Assistant Professor
Peter C. Petersen, PhD
Peter C. Petersen, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow

I am an electrophysiologist and studying neuronal network dynamics. My current research is focused on the perturbation of theta oscillations in behaving rats and its effect on spatial navigation.  I have a Master of Science in Engineering Physics and did my Ph.D. at the University of Copenhagen, in the lab of Rune Berg.  In my Ph.D., I combined high-density silicon probes together with intracellular- and electroneurogram recordings from the turtle spinal cord to address the network architecture behind motor pattern generation.

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Omid Yaghmazadeh, PhD
Omid Yaghmazadeh, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow

I joined the Buzsaki lab with a background in Electrical Engineering and Electronic Devices. I received my PhD in Organic Electronics from Ecole Polytechnique, France. My current research interest and focus is on the interactions of external electromagnetic fields with the brain.

 Manuel Valero, PhD
Manuel Valero, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow

I am neurophysiologist and I am interested in the generation of oscillations, with special emphasis on their cellular substrate, synaptic rules, and cognitive outcomes. During my PhD in Menéndez de la Prida lab I combined silicon probes together with single-cell recordings in vivo to unveil the columnar organization of the CA1 circuitry during hippocampal sharp-wave ripples, as well as to disclose the mechanisms for the cell-selective firing during SPW-Rs.

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 Yiyao Zhang, PhD
Yiyao Zhang, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow

When I entered science world, I was strongly impressed by the mysterious neural universal. The deeper I know about it, the more I can’t get out of this world. In my opinion, the whole neural world is very similar with human society, but much more stable than us. I believe there is a universal rule to run the whole neural world and supervise every neuron, which is the characteristic brain spread EEG-oscillation during distinctive animal behavior. However, what group of neurons makes rules? How the rules dominate other neurons and how these separated regions communicate with these rules? The most details of these questions remain unknown. I am here to try to answer these questions.

 Mihály Vöröslakos, PhD
Mihály Vöröslakos, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow

Transcranial electrical stimulation is a popular method to boost memory or treat neuropsychiatric diseases, but we still don’t completely understand how neurons can respond to externally induced electric fields. As an MD, I am trying to focus on how the findings of basic research can be utilized in clinical applications. I use high-density extracellular recordings in rodents and EEG in humans during stimulation.

 Ipshita Zutshi, PhD
Ipshita Zutshi, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow

I completed my BS-MS from BITS Pilani, India, and graduated in 2019 with a PhD from Stefan Leutgeb’s lab from the University of California, San Diego. During my PhD I worked on understanding how circuits within the medial septum generate theta oscillations, and whether local networks within the medial entorhinal cortex contribute towards  the functional firing properties of cell types. I am interested in a broad range of questions, with the goal of further understanding how different regions within the brain interact and communicate with each other to give rise to coherent perceptions and memories.

 Farnaz Sharif, PhD
Farnaz Sharif, PhDPostdoctoral fellow

Having a strong background in physics, mathematics and programming, I entered into the field of the Neuroscience for my PhD to combine math and biology for studying the mechanism of learning and memory in the brain. My goal is to understand hippocampal and cortical circuit dynamics underlying learning and memory using various experimental and computational methods.

Thomas Hainmueller, MD, PhD
Thomas Hainmueller, MD, PhDPGYI Research Track Resident Psychiatry

My core interest are the brain mechanisms that enable the integration of new, unique experiences into a framework of preexisting knowledge and allow us to form an abstract, internal model of the world. This fascination has developed over the course of my training to become an MD and subsequent studies
to obtain a PhD in Biology at the University of Freiburg, Germany. In my previous research, I have applied a broad range of techniques, including patch-clamp recordings, electron microscopy and two-photon imaging of the mouse hippocampus in virtual environments to investigate the mechanisms that
allow the representation and storage of abstract information in hippocampal networks. Currently, I perform high-density electrophysiological recordings to investigate learning-related changes of single-cell activity and synaptic connectivity in the hippocampus.

Gergely Komlosi, PhD
Gergely Komlosi, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow

Animals frequently make decisions in conflicting situations where both dangers and rewards are present. To explore the underlying neural mechanisms, I perform large-scale extracellular unit recordings that focus on the interaction between thalamic and hippocampal circuits. Educated as a Biologist (MS, PhD), I’ve been influenced by the idea that structure and function go hand in hand. Therefore, my experimental repertoire includes a combination of electrophysiological and anatomical techniques.

Noam Nitzan, PhD
Noam Nitzan, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow

Current work investigating hippocampal output examines how information processed by the hippocampus is transmitted back to the neocortex. However, the significance and relevance of hippocampal outputs targeting subcortical structures are much less understood. Using high density extracellular recordings from the hippocampus and various subcortical areas, I aim to explore how the hippocampal code is deciphered by its downstream partners, and how disturbances to this communication result in memory disorders such as diencephalic amnesia.

Anna Conti
Anna ContiLab Manager

Anna is our lab manager and keeps the lab running smoothly. She is an experiences scientist with a bachelor degree in biology. Daily she is managing grants, maintaining and keeping our animal protocols up to date, handles purchases, and assists with histology and animal handling.

Rachel Swanson
Rachel SwansonGraduate Student
Kathryn Mcclain
Kathryn McclainGraduate Student

Kathryn attended college at UC Berkeley, studying math and physics. Now, during her PhD she works on developing quantitative models of information coding in the hippocampus. She is interested in how information is combined to formulate memories and enable learning.

Roman Huszar
Roman HuszarGraduate Student

Short term plasticity affects the types of signals that can propagate through the synapse. For this reason, the preponderance of one subtype of short term plasticity (e.g., facilitation) is likely to constrain the neural dynamics that can emerge (e.g., LFP, cell sequences). I am currently working with existing lab data sets in order to map the short term plasticity dynamics across different states and brain regions. The long-term goal of the project is to increase our understanding of how short term plasticity affects emergent neural dynamics and, ultimately, neural computations.

Winnie Yang
Winnie YangGraduate Student

I am fascinated by how memory can be used to guide action: how our past memory can be flexibly used by the brain to guide behavior in new situations that we have never experienced before. Currently, I have two projects in the lab: Firstly, I am interested in the role of REM sleep for memory. Secondly, I want to understand how memory stored in the hippocampus can be organized in a cognitive map, which can be used through interaction between hippocampus and neocortex(e.g. PFC) for mental simulation and planning. I am combining computational tools with experiments to contribute to the understanding of these questions during my PhD.

Liang Cao
Liang Cao Visiting graduate Student

Liang  is a graduate student from East China Normal University in Shanghai. He studied physics, and is new to neuroscience. His main interest is the formation, representation and transformation of memory, and the mechanism behind these processes.

Marisol Soula
Marisol SoulaGraduate Student

I am an MD/PhD student with an interest in neural circuitry. I have been trained in peripheral nerve stimulation, various rodent brain imaging techniques, and slice electrophysiology. My current interests are in the hippocampal circuits involved in memory processing, storage, and retrieval and how theses circuits are disrupted in various neuropsychiatric disorders.

Laura Helen si-wing Green
Laura Helen si-wing GreenGraduate Student

Laura is a graduate student in the lab, co-advised by John Rinzel. She completed her undergraduate degree in Integrated Science at McMaster University.  She is interested in computational models of neural circuits and using these models to understand how we form memories.

 Yingxi Jin
Yingxi JinRotation student

Yingxi is an undergraduate student studying Neuroscience at New York University. She is interested in how the complex neuronal information is decomposed and packaged by the hierarchy of brain oscillations, as well as how the downstream reader networks interpret the information. She is now working with Kathryn on computational models of the hippocampus.

Jolin Chou
Jolin ChouUndergraduate Student

Jolin is an undergraduate student at New York University, studying neuroscience. She is interested in understanding how electromagnetic stimulation affects the brain and also in understanding the process of memory formation in the hippocampus.

Yunchang Zhang
Yunchang ZhangUndergraduate Student

I am an undergraduate student studying neuroscience and mathematics at NYU. My interest is in the fundamental learning rules in the hippocampus and using mathematical models to describe them. Now I am serving as a research assistant in the lab and am working with postdoctoral fellow Sam McKenzie.

Aryeh Rothstein
Aryeh RothsteinUndergraduate Student, volunteer

I recently completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology focusing on the neuroscience of psychology, during which time I worked in a lab looking at the behavioral effects of transcranial electrical stimulation. I’m interested in better understanding the physiological changes which arise from TES to better apply it therapeutically.

Lab members, 2021