Graduate Students
Sean O'Toole, B.S., WPI. Understanding how specific cortical cell types adapt to varying network conditions has important implications for diseases such as epilepsy, schizophrenia and autism. I am focused on asking what role the microRNA system plays in this adaptation.
Postdoctoral Fellows
Zhe Meng, Huazhong University of Science & Technology at Hankou, China, B.S., Chemical Engineering, July 1999. I joined the Nelson lab in 2004. I really enjoy working here at Brandeis. The people are enthusiastic about their work and a pleasure to work with.
Yasuyukii Shima, PhD, Kyoto University. I am generating transgenic mice which enable genetic manipulation in very restricted cell types in the nervous system. I am expecting these lines will be strong tools in finer level analysis of neuronal circuits and their functions.
Principal Investigator
Sacha Nelson, B.A., B.S., Brown University; M.D., Ph.D., UCSD; Post-Doc, M.I.T. Look at the research section of the website to view my interests. Aside from that I enjoy Ultimate Frisbee!!
Yasmin Escobedo-Lozoya, B.S., UNAM (México). Interneurons employ multiple homeostatic control mechanisms to successfully integrate and regulate activity in the developing cortex. I am interested in understanding how disruptions of homeostatic processes in interneurons contribute to trigger severe developmental epileptic disorders such as West Syndrome.
Former Post Doctoral Fellows
Jay Gibson, 1996-1997, currently an Associate Professor at University of Texas, Southwestern.
Chris Hempel, 1997-2004, currently a Research Scientist at Galenea Corp. Cambridge, MA.
Yifeng Zhou,  1998-1999, currently an independent investigator in the Dept. of Biology, Univ. of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, PRC.
Sooyoung Chung, 1998-2003, currently an Independent Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Neural Science, Korea Institute of Science and Technology.
Kate MacLeod, 1999-2001, currently a Research Professor at University of Maryland, College Park.
Jan-Alexander Heimel, 2001-2003, currently head of the Cortical Structure and Function department at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience.
Alfredo Fontanini, 2002 – 2003, currently an Associate Professor, SUNY Stonybrook.
Alexis Hattox,  2003-2007,  currently a Life Science Consultant at Back Bay Strategies LLC.
Former Graduate Students
Juan Varela, Neuroscience, 1994-1999, currently a senior research associate at Boston College.
Chaelon Myme, Neuroscience, 1998-2004,  currently a professor of neuroscience at Thiel College.
P. Jesper Sjöström, Neuroscience, 1999-2002, currently an Asst. Professor at McGill.
Xiangui Li, visiting scholar, 1999-2001, currently a Research Associate at the University of Southern California.
Steven Van Hooser, Neuroscience, 2000-2005, currently an Assistant Professor at Brandeis University.
Mark Miller,  Neuroscience,  2003-2008, currently a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF.
Vardhan Dani, Neuroscience,  2003-2008, currently a postdoctoral fellow at MIT.
Ben Okaty,  Neuroscience, 2004-2010, currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School.
David Levitan, PhD, Bar-Ilan Universiti, Israel. I am interested in uncovering the roles that specific cell types play in learning and memory by examining their gene expression patterns in response to varying memory related tasks.
Ken Sugino , 2004 – 2011, located at Janelia Farms and is currently apart of a collaboration between Adam Hantman, Sean Eddy and the Nelson lab.
Praveen Taneja, 2004 – 2013, now a Senior Research Scientist Technologist at the Gladstone Institute in San fran-cisco.
James Bullis, 2008 – 2013, now a Scientific account manager at Genedata in Boston.
Erin Clark, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Bachelors, The University of Texas at Austin. I am using transgenic mouse lines to characterize the regulatory networks that control adult neuronal identity.
Alex Flyax, Neuroscience,  2006-2014.
Vera Valakh, PhD, Washington University, St. Louis
Timothy D. Lauer, Neuroscience, 2011-2015