Training Program in Basic Neurosciences - Trainees

About our Trainees


Appointment to the NIH funded Training Program in Basic Neuroscience is competitive and in recognition of outstanding undergraduate academic records and research experience. During the first academic year, Trainees take all required courses for the Neuroscience graduate program and complete their laboratory rotations. During the second year, Trainees participate in extra career and professional development courses designed for success in graduate school and beyond. Trainees also receive extra guidance and support from the program leaders to enrich their graduate experience.  Our Trainees have a strong track record with many continuing on to successful careers in academia and industry in positions of research, technology, data analysis, education and more. 


2021-22

MA


Maribel Anguiano

Faculty Mentor: TBD
Awards: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Email: mangui@ucdavis.edu
Connect:  Twitter






 

no pic



Evan Haley

Faculty Mentor: TBD
Email: echaley@ucdavis.edu








 

no pic

 

Tomas Salter-Cid

Faculty Mentor: TBD
Email: tsalterc@ucdavis.edu
Connect: LinkedIn

 

 

 

 

 

no pic



Erica Varga

Faculty Mentor: TBD
Email: evarga@ucdavis.edu







2020-21

QL


Quimby Lee
Neuroimaging to identify biomarkers for neurological disorders

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Audrey Fan
Email: qbylee@ucdavis.edu







 

JM


Jose Marquez 
Translational Neuroscience

Faculty Mentor: TBD
Outreach: Seminar Outreach for Minority Advocacy (SOMA)
Email: josmarquez@ucdavis.edu
Connect: Twitter 





 

Savannah


Savannah Maw
Neural Basis of Affective Disorders

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eliza Bliss-Moreau
Email: smaw@ucdavis.edu
Connect: LinkedIn






 

TS


Tanner Stevenson
Experimental and Computational Neuroscience

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Rishidev Chaudhuri and Dr. Tim Hanks
Awards: Learning, Memory & Plasticity (LaMP) T32
Email: tstevenson@ucdavis.edu
Connect:  LinkedIn   Twitter   ResearchGate




 


2019-2020

JC


Joey Charbonneau
Interoception | Metacognition | Affect | Emotion | Social Behavior | Neuroplasticity | Neuroethology


Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eliza Bliss-Moreau
Email: jcharbonneau@ucdavis.edu
Connect: LinkedIn  Twitter   ResearchGate





 

GL


Garreck Lenz
Opioid Receptors | Structural Biology | Molecular genetics

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Whistler
Email: ghlenz@ucdavis.edu
Connect: LinkedIn  Twitter  OrchidID






 

K LI


Kiran Long-Iyer
Genetically-Encoded Biosensors | Serotonergic Neuromodulation | Reinforcement Learning | Early life Adversity

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lin Tian
Awards: Learning, Memory & Plasticity (LaMP) T32
Email: krlongiyer@ucdavis.edu
Connect: LinkedIn  Twitter





 

RW


Rebecca Wilson
Molecular and Cellular Basis of PCB Developmental Neurotoxicity

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Pamela Lein
Email: rjwilso@ucdavis.edu
Connect: LinkedIn






 

2018-2019
 

SG

Simone Grant
Schizophrenia | Biomarkers | Environmental Factors Leading to Disease | Translational Research

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Melissa Bauman
Awards: Learning, Memory & Plasticity (LaMP) T32
Outreach: Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity (NIED)
Email:  segrant@ucdavis.edu
Connect: LinkedIn




 

Jaleel


Jaleel Jefferson
Neurodegeneration | Neuroinflammation | Alzheimer's Disease

Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Morrison
Awards: Learning, Memory & Plasticity (LaMP) T32
Email:  jajefferson@ucdavis.edu
Connect: LinkedIn





 

Alyssa


Alyssa Sanchez
Thalamocortical Circuits of the Visual System

Faculty Mentor: Dr. W. Martin Usrey
Awards: Vision Science T32 Training Program
Email: alysanchez@ucdavis.edu






 

AW

Ashley Williams
Episodic Memory | Psychosis | Testing Effect | Retrieval-Induced Facilitation | fMRI

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Charan Ranganath
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dan Ragland
Awards: Learning, Memory & Plasticity (LaMP) T32
Email: ashwilliams@ucdavis.edu
Connect: Twitter



 


2017-2018
 

NC


Nicole Claiborne
Glutamatergic Signaling in Dendritic Spine Stability

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karen Zito
Awards: LaMP T32, HHMI Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study
Email: nclaiborne@ucdavis.edu
Connect: ResearchGate





 

AD

Alexa D'Ambra
Electrophysiological correlates of functional connectivity | Non-motor functions of the cerebellum

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Diasynou Fioravante
Awards: Training Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Dean's Distinguished Graduate Fellowship
Email: adambra@ucdavis.edu
Connect: LinkedIn  Twitter  ResearchGate




 

SWG


Sarah Gooding
Substance Abuse Disorders | Opioids | Dopamine Pathways | GPCR Signaling

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Whistler
Awards: LaMP T32, NIH NRSA F31
Email: swgooding@ucdavis.edu
Connect: Twitter  ResearchGate





 

AM

Alexandra (Sasha) Mikhailova
Brain Development | Synapse Dynamics | MHC Class I | Live-imaging

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kimberley McAllister
Awards: Barbara Chapman Neuroscience Award, LaMP T32, NIH NRSA F31
Outreach: SOMA, NeuroFest
Email: smikhailova@ucdavis.edu
Connect: LinkedIn

 

 



2016-2017

TF


Taylor Follansbee, Ph.D
Neural mechanisms underlying itch and pain

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Earl Carstens
Graduation Year: 2021
Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Davis
Connect: LinkedIn  Twitter  GoogleScholar





 

preetham

Preetham Ganupuru
Neural mechanisms of perceptual decision making

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tim Hanks
Awards: LaMP T32
Email: pganupuru@ucdavis.edu





 

 

JM

Joesph Martinez
Learning and Memory | Neurodegeneration | GPCR Signaling 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kevin Xiang
Awards: IMSD ProgramPredoctoral Training in Pharmacological Sciences, NIH Blueprint D-SPAN Award
Connect: LinkedIn  GoogleScholar
Email: joemartinez@ucdavis.edu





 

KO

Katelynn Ondek, Ph.D
Translational Neuroscience | Veterinary Medicine| Learning, Memory, & Plasticity | Traumatic Brain Injury | Epilepsy 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gene Gurkoff
Graduation Year: 2020
Current Position: Pre-Veterinary Student, UC Davis
Awards: YEAR T32, LaMP T32
Connect: LinkedIn   Twitter  ResearchGate





 

SP


Stela Petkova, Ph.D
Gene-environment factors in rare neurodevelopmental disorders

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jill Silverman
Graduation Year: 2021
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Davis
Awards: International Society for Autism Research Dissertation Award
Connect: LinkedIn  GoogleScholar