Students

Divya Subramanian

Program Start Year:
2015
Mentor:
Marc Sommer
Faculty lab
919-681-1176
I am broadly interested in a computational and circuit-level understanding of sensorimotor systems. Specifically, I am interested in how motor information interacts with sensory processing to drive perception and behavior.

Sam Brudner

Program Start Year:
2014
Mentor:
Richard Mooney
Faculty lab
Email address: samuel.brudner@duke.edu
919-684-5133
I graduated from Yale College in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in cognitive science. There, I completed a senior project, advised by Brian Scholl, that investigated a relationship between eye movements and memory. I have also conducted psychology research with Daniel Richardson at University College London, and with Marcia Johnson at Yale. Beyond many interests within psychology, I enjoy music and dance -- and I have studied and performed traditional and contemporary West African dance.

Timothy Darlington

Program Start Year:
2014
Mentor:
Stephen Lisberger
Faculty lab
919-684-1162
I'm currently interested in understanding how sensorimotor circuits integrate past experience with current sensory information to guide behavior. My project is investigating this in the context of target-direction estimation for smooth pursuit eye movements in nonhuman primates.

Elizabeth Fleming

Program Start Year:
2014
Mentor:
Court Hull
Faculty lab
919-660-0990
I am interested in studying how sensorimotor information is encoded in the cerebellar cortex and how this level of processing is impacted by neuromodulation.

Jinghao Lu

Program Start Year:
2014
Mentor:
Fan Wang
Faculty lab
Email address: jinghao.lu@duke.edu
919-684-6091
I am interested in studying network level neural dynamics, dissecting sensory information pathways, and modeling simple neural circuits with cortical computing algorithms. Ultimately, I hope to combine quantitative neural modeling approaches, various dimensional experiment techniques, and applications based on neural theories to develop a systematic understanding of how the brain works, why it works, and whether it can be improved.

Kiersten Ruda

Program Start Year:
2014
Mentor:
Greg Field
Faculty lab
Email address: kiersten.ruda@duke.edu
919-681-8362
My research interests include neural networks and signaling as well as their pathophysiology in diseases such as Parkinson's and epilepsy. I am further interested in studying novel techniques, especially electrical stimulation, to treat these diseases.

Shawn Willett

Program Start Year:
2014
Mentor:
Jennifer Groh
Faculty lab
Email address: shawn.willett@duke.edu
919-684-6729
Generally, I'm interested in how interactions between individual neurons and neural systems shape perception and cognition. Currently, I'm investigating how response properties of single neurons and neural populations change during concurrent presentation of multiple stimuli. I'm also quite interested in analyzing/modeling neural networks as recurrent dynamical systems.