Supported Researchers

J. Douglas Tan Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

In honor of J. Douglas Tan, these fellowships support postdocs for up to two years of research on autism.

Ruidong Chen

Postdoctoral Fellow, Jazayeri Lab 

Ruidong Chen studies social cognition at the level of systems neuroscience, using the language of algorithms embedded in neural circuits.

Jinyoung Kang

Postdoctoral Fellow, Boyden Lab

Jinyoung is developing and applying expansion microscopy technology for revealing synapse configurations with ~15 nm resolution in health and disease models.

Ryan Kast

Postdoctoral Fellow, Feng Lab

Ryan Kast develops novel tools to access and modulate specific types of brain cells within the zona incerta to better understand how they contribute to healthy brain function and to inform more effective treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Menglong Zeng

Postdoctoral Fellow, Feng Lab

Menglong Zeng is understanding the molecular language that brain cells use to communicate with each other, and how it goes awry in the context of various brain disorders.

Y. Eva Tan Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

In honor of Y. Eva Tan, these fellowships support graduate students or postdocs for up to two years of research and development in molecular therapeutics.

Valerio Francioni

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harnett Lab

Valerio Francioni combines in vivo subcellular imaging with brain-computer interfaces to study how dendrites shape the activity of cortical circuits during learning.

Miaomiao Jin

Postdoctoral Fellow, Wang Lab

Miaomiao Jin studies pain anticipation and perception and identifies brain circuits that underlie self-stimulatory behavior​s that can ease pain.

Yuting Ke

Postdoctoral Fellow, Jasanoff Lab

Yuting Ke works on the optimization of genetically encoded fMRI probes and their applications to cellular and circuit-level neuroimaging in multiple animal models.

Jaeyoung Yoon

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harnett Lab

Jaeyoung Yoon studies how dendrites shape the extraordinary computational capabilities of neurons and ultimately give rise to behavior in living organisms.  

Brain-Body Center Fellowship Program

The K. Lisa Yang Brain-Body Center offers two years of support for graduate students or postdoctoral researchers investigating neurobiological mechanisms and therapies that interlink a healthy mind and healthy body, including gut-brain interactions, aging, pain and acupuncture.

Itay Fayer

Graduate Student – Jasanoff Lab

Itay Fayer’s research explores brain-body interactions in vivo using MRI-based methods.

Sreeparna Pradhan

Postdoctoral Fellow – Flavell Lab

Sreeparna Pradhan studies the role of neuropeptides in gut-brain communication, and their effects on animal behavior and physiology.

Center for Bionics Fellowship Program

The K. Lisa Yang Center for Bionics provides fellowships for graduate students developing novel neural-mechanical interfaces for control of bionic limbs.

Nick Barry

Graduate Student Fellow, Boyden Lab

Nick Barry is developing a platform for ultra-high-throughput library-on-library screening of designed proteins with potential applications in antibody maturation, immunogenicity prediction, enzyme engineering, viral escape prediction, and proteomics.

Aastha Shah

Graduate Student Fellow, Dagdeviren Lab

Aastha Shah creates flexible on-body sensors that extract patterns from dynamic human physiology to enhance self-awareness of body and mind.

Hyun-Geun Song

Graduate Student Fellow, Herr Lab

Hyun-Geun Song is developing new amputation paradigms and bi-directional neuroprosthetic control design for limb amputees.

Seong Ho Yeon

Graduate Student Fellow, Herr Lab

Seong Ho Yeon works on novel neural interface modalities for advanced bionics applications

ICoN Center Fellowship Program

The K. Lisa Yang Integrative Computational Neuroscience Center offers two year fellowships for graduate students and postdocs to work collaboratively across neuroscience disciplines and develop computational models based on data acquired from molecular, physiological, imaging and behavioral experiments.

Vin Agarwal

Graduate Student – McDermott Lab

Vin Agarwal’s research aims at understanding and computationally modelling how humans infer physical causes from the sounds they hear.

Antoine De Comite

Postdoctoral Fellow – Feng & Seethapathi Labs

Antoine De Comite aims at developing comparative models of naturalistic motor control across species and populations.

Carina Kauf

Graduate Fellow – Federenko Lab

Carina Kauf’s research investigates different aspects of linguistic meaning representations, including which features of a linguistic stimulus receive representation in the biological brain and how representations learned by artificial neural networks compare to those produced by the human brain.

Maedbh King

Postdoctoral Fellow – Ghosh and Gabrieli Lab

Maedbh King focuses on building computational models that integrate biological and behavioral information to develop risk predictors of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Mikail Khona

Graduate Fellow – Fiete Lab

Mikail Khona studies developmental processes and how they shape neural circuits and representations in the hope of building more robust, embodied agents.

Michelangelo Naim

Postdoctoral Fellow – Yang and Graybiel Lab

Michelangelo Naim uses machine learning tools to model memory, behavior and learning principles of the brain.​

Aran Nayebi

Postdoctoral Fellow – Jazayeri, Halassa, and Yang Labs

Aran Nayebi’s interests lie at the intersection of systems neuroscience and artificial intelligence, where he uses tools from deep learning and large-scale data analysis to reverse engineer neural circuits.

Mahdi Ramadan

Graduate Fellow – Jazayeri Lab

Mahdi Ramadan’s research focuses on the cognitive and neural modeling of flexible hierarchical decision making.

Gal Raz

Graduate Student – Saxe, Frank, and Tenenbaum Labs 

Gal Raz is interested in how humans and infants choose to focus their visual attention and how to make computational models to explain this.

Noga Zaslavsky

Postdoctoral Fellow – Levy, Fedorenko, and Yang Labs

Noga Zaslavsky’s research aims to understand language, learning, and reasoning from first principles, building on ideas and methods from machine learning and information theory.

Chengxu Zhuang

Postdoctoral Fellow – Saxe & Fedorenko labs

Chengxu Zhuang is building ecologically plausible AI models and using these models to better understand brain functions.

Graduate Fellowships

Each year, the Yang Tan Collective awards fellowships to foster the research of exceptional graduate students in the Autism and Molecular Therapeutics centers.

Isaac Treves

Tan-Yang Center for Autism Research Graduate Fellow, Gabrieli Lab

Isaac Treves studies the brain bases of mental health and mindfulness, for example, using cutting-edge methods in fMRI research to investigate how individual differences in mindfulness correlate with brain connectivity.

Corban Swain

Yang-Tan Center for Molecular Therapeutics Graduate Fellow, Boyden Lab

Corban Swain is developing novel microscopy techniques for correlating whole-brain structure to whole-brain function in larval zebrafish.

Yang Post-Baccalaureate Program

This program provides two years of paid laboratory experience, mentorship and education to prepare recent college graduates, from backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience, for applications to top graduate and medical schools.

Alex Negron

Fiete Lab

Alex Negron is using artificial recurrent neural networks trained on simulated cognitive tasks to answer what architectural and algorithmic principles are fundamental to the way brains and machines learn.

Zoe Pearce

Wang Lab

Zoe Pearce’s research project focuses on defining the inputs and outputs of the primary somatosensory cortex through virus tracing method.

Ajani Stewart

McDermott Lab

Ajani Stewart studies multi-source sound localization in humans using psychophysical experiments and computational models

Maya Taliaferro

Federenko Lab

Maya Taliaferro’s interests lie in the study of multilingualism and communication with emphasis on their neural correlates.