Our Brainiac Bunch

Principal investigator

Nicholas Priebe

I am interested in mechanisms underlying  response properties of neurons in primary sensory cortex using both electrophysiology and imaging in vivo.  As sensory information moves from the periphery to the cortex the representation of the world is systematically transformed. Understanding the basis for these transformations sheds light on how the brain makes sense of the complicated world in which we reside.

Email: nico@austin.utexas.edu

Graduate Students

Mandi Severson

Behavioral state is known to modulate visual input. My research interests lie in understanding the role of these nonvisual signals in visual cortex and uncovering the mechanisms that allow for stable perception even while undergoing behavioral state changes.

Email: mseverson@utexas.edu

Ronan O’Shea

Email: ronan_oshea@utexas.edu

Post-doctoral scientists

Baowang Li

My research interest is to understand the neural bases of visual perception in the visual cortex. Specifically, by using whole-cell intracellular recordings in the cortex of behaving animals, I aim to investigate the relationships between membrane potentials of single cortical neurons and perceptual decisions in detection tasks.

Email: libaowang@utexas.edu

Jason Samonds

Email: samondjm@gmail.com

Jagruti Pattadkal

I am interested in understanding sensory transformations and their mechanisms in the visual system. I study this using in vivo two photon calcium imaging and in vivo intracellular recordings. 

Email: pattadkal@gmail.com

Research and technical staff

Carrie Barr

Lab Manager

Email: carrie.barr@austin.utexas.edu


Dylan Barbera (former Ph.D. student) currently at Recruitomics Consulting

Veronica Choi (former Ph.D. student) currently at SensEye

Chris Lee (former research technician) currently in medical school at UT Southwestern

Devon Greer (former research technician) currently a graduate student at Northwestern University

Mert Erdenizmenli (former research technician) currently in medical school at UT Medical Branch

Benjamin Scholl (former Ph.D. student) currently a post-doc at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.

Andrew Tan (former post-doctoral student) currently Assistant Professor at National University of Singapore.

Sari Andoni (former post-doctoral student) currently at SparkCognition.

Joe Corey (former M.S. student) currently at Agent Ace.

Deepankar Mohanty (former undergraduate researcher) finished at Baylor Medical School

Brandon Brown (former research technician)

Neda Shahidi (former research technician) currently a postdoc in Gottingen, Germany.