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

Prof. György Buzsáki has published more than 400 papers and is among the top 1% most-cited neuroscientists. He 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. He sits on the editorial boards of several leading neuroscience journals. His main interest is neural syntax, that is the rules by which neuronal messages are segmented and read out.

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Antal Berényi, MD, PhD
Antal Berényi, MD, PhD Research Assistant Professor
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.

Thomas Hainmueller, MD, PhD
Thomas Hainmueller, MD, PhDPGY-II Psychiatry Research Track

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 Maslarova, MD, PhD
Anna Maslarova, MD, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow

During my PhD in Uwe Heinemann’s Lab, I became interested in how physiological hippocampal oscillations and pathophysiological activity in the form of epileptic discharges and spreading depolarizations interact and influence each other.  As a neurosurgeon, I often see epilepsy patients who suffer from memory deficits. During the last decade, targeted modulation of neuronal oscillations has been successfully applied to improve memory, mostly in rodents. Therefore, I am interested in how high-density hippocampal recordings from rodents compare to human hippocampal iEEG, as this understanding may help translate targeted modulation of neuronal oscillations to the human brain to treat memory deficits.

Gladwin Osakwe
Gladwin OsakweLab Manager

Gladwin is our lab manager with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biomolecular Science from NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The complexity of the human mind, the chorus of neural signals firing in and out of unison, leading to the behaviors we see daily first brought him towards the neuroscience field. Now he is interested in the current techniques used to track, record, and decipher neural signals, with the intent to develop and use brain-computer interfaces in the future.

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.

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.

ZheYang (Sam) Zheng
ZheYang (Sam) ZhengGraduate student

Sam is a Ph.D. student rotating in the lab. He did his undergraduate at UChicago, studying math and philosophy. He is interested in the intersection between machine learning and neuroscience. He is fascinated with the comparisons between how the machine and the brain learn. He also enjoys applying and developing machine learning tools to make sense of neural data. He is currently working on unsupervised sequence detection.

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.

Tora Dohi
Tora DohiUndergraduate student

Tora is an undergraduate student at New York University with an interest in how memories are formed and retained. Currently, he is assisting postdoctoral fellow Ipshita Zutshi on one of her projects.

Raquel Garcia-Hernandez
Raquel Garcia-HernandezVisiting PhD Student

I am a Ph.D. student working in Santiago Canals’ laboratory at Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante (Spain). I am interested in the mechanisms at the network level supporting episodic memory assemblies building and retrieval, in rodents. For this purpose, I combine large-scale histology (c-Fos at the whole-brain level) with electrophysiology in different brain hubs, such as DG and mPFC.

Jiaxi Liu
Jiaxi LiuUndergraduate student

Undergraduate student

Griffin Henze
Griffin HenzeUndergraduate student

I am an undergraduate student at New York University. I am currently interested in the effects of electromagnetic stimulation on the brain and how it can be harnessed and studied to assist in the treatment of brain disorders. In addition, I am also interested in learning more about memories and how they are formed in the hippocampus.

Tom Yi
Tom YiUndergraduate student

I’m completing my BS/MS in Physics/Biology and working with Omid. The factors that affect animal behavior via changes in neural activity is a fascinating topic. I’m currently using electrophysiological analysis to investigate the effect of Physical movement on neural activity.

Lab members, 2022