Graduate Students

Norma Hernandez

Norma is interested in how various brain regions, such as the hippocampus, anterior thalamus, and anterior olfactory nucleus, interact to form neural representations of memory. Her studies use various behavioral tasks, in-vivo recordings and optogenetic manipulations to study the real-time functioning of these structures.

David Benjamin Katz

David is a first year PhD student interested in the neural substrates of contextual memory and spatial navigation. His primary research goal is to decode the language of hippocampal contextual representations and illucidate the relevant contributions of ancillary brain regions.

David earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychological Sciences (Research Concentration) and Physiology & Neurobiology from the University of Connecticut in 2017. He worked in the lab of Dr. Etan Markus for three years examining the differences in contextual representations along the hippocampal longitudinal axis.

David is currently investigating the contributions of the anterior thalamic nuclei on hippocampal representations. By transiently inactivating the anterior thalamic nuclei with optogenetics while recording single-unit electrophysiological data from the hippocampus, David hopes to uncover in greater detail the precise relationship between these two brain regions.

In his spare time, David enjoys cooking, music, and film.

Dev Laxman Subramanian

Dev is a first year PhD student interested in decoding the neural mechanisms underlying the formation and retrieval of spatial memory. He does neurophysiological recordings to investigate the bidirectional interactions between the Hippocampus and the Retrosplenial Cortex that supports spatial-contextual memory. He also plays Cricket for the Cornell Varsity team.

Daniela Betancurt-Anzola

Daniela is visiting summer research assistant. She recently finished a double major program in Microbiology and Biology with a minor in Psychobiology at the University of Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Daniela is interested in how all the physiological, cellular and molecular processes in the brain occur, especially with regards to learning and memory. In her free time, Daniela enjoys walking her dog, reading, and jogging.

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