Graduate Students


Matt Law

Matt's main interest is the neurobiology of learning and memory. He is interested in understanding the neural substrates of how memories are encoded, stored, and then retrieved. He is particularly interested in the limbic learning and memory system with a focus on the anterior thalamic nuclei.


Adam Miller

Adam is interested in systems-level changes during the learning process, and in the shared resources of the declarative and motor memory systems. He is currently investigating cortical input supporting memory processing in the hippocampus.


Greg Peters

Greg is interested in the interplay between brain structures involved in memory including the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulate cortex, and posterior cingulate cortex. His goal is to uncover how these regions might contribute to memory processes using lesion and in vivo electrophysiology techniques to target several interconnected brain regions. He is currently using a temporary pharmacological lesion procedure to examine the role of the medial prefrontal cortex and posterior cingulate cortex in a task already known to involve the hippocampus.


Rachel Swanson

Rachel is interested in the neurobiological underpinnings of learning and memory. With a background in molecular biology and biochemistry, she hopes to inform her systems-level inquiries into the temporal and functional development of learning and memory circuits, primarily using lesion and in vivo electrophysiology techniques. In her spare time, Rachel likes to examine the relationship between memory and creativity via direct first-person inquiry – painting, sculpture, and design.


Home David M. Smith, PhD  dms248@cornell.edu