Mazen Kheirbek

Mazen received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and Ph.D.in neurobiology from the University of Chicago.  He did his postdoctoral study in Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Columbia University, and was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and a research scientist at the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.  In 2016 he moved to the University of California San Francisco, where currently he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, the Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience, the Weill Institute for Neurosciences and the Center for Integrative Neuroscience.

 
 Jeremy Biane  postdoc

Jeremy Biane

postdoc

Jeremy received his PhD from UCSD, where he examined plasticity of cortical circuits in the context of adult motor skill learning.  His current interests include elucidating the neural circuitry underlying cognition and behavior at the anatomical, physiological, synaptic and systems levels, as well as understanding how the brain flexibly adapts to new demands.

 

 

 
 Nick Woods  MD/PhD student  Neuroscience Graduate Program

Nick Woods

MD/PhD student

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Nick earned his BA in Neurobiology from Wesleyan University, where he studied interneuron-based transplants for temporal lobe epilepsy. After graduation, he spent a year working in the lab of Dr. Gary Westbrook researching how silencing of the perforant pathway influences the integration of newborn granule cells.  Nick joined the Kheirbek lab as an MD/PhD student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program and is interested in delving deeper into hippocampal circuitry using 2-photon imaging.  His aim is to elucidate behaviorally relevant circuitry that may underlie pathologic states of anxiety, fear or depression.  When Nick is not thinking about stress-related behaviors in mice, he enjoys relaxing by cycling and trying to finish David Foster Wallace novels.

 
 Victoria Turner  PhD student  Neuroscience Graduate Program

Victoria Turner

PhD student

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Victoria is a PhD student at the University of California, San Francisco.  She began neuroscience research in the Yazaki-Sugiyama lab at the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology investigating how juvenile zebra finches distinguish song from other sounds.  This was followed by an internship in the Johansen lab at RIKEN Brain Science Institute studying fear learning in rats.  Victoria graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Neuroscience and then worked at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, from 2014 to 2016.  Her current research interests include the circuits for motivation and emotion as well as tools for better behavioral quantification and molecular control.

 

 
 Kelsey Clausing  Research Technician

Kelsey Clausing

Research Technician

Kelsey received her B.A. in neurobiology from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2016. While at UC Berkeley, she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Daniela Kaufer, examining the mechanisms by which stress modulates prosocial and empathetic behaviors. Kelsey currently works as a technician in the laboratory of Dr. Mazen Kheirbek at the University of California, San Francisco.

 

 

 
 Annie Erickson  Research Technician

Annie Erickson

Research Technician

Annie received her B.S in Human Biology, Health and Society from Cornell University.  While at Cornell, she worked with Dr. Eve De Rosa in the Affect and Cognition laboratory, studying the effect of caffeine on cognition.  She is excited to investigate the neural circuitry underlying emotion and mood disorders.

 

 
 Simon Pan  MD/PhD Student  Neuroscience Graduate program

Simon Pan

MD/PhD Student

Neuroscience Graduate program

Simon earned his BS in Molecular & Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University, where he studied activity-dependent development of the retina.  He is now an MD/PhD student jointly in Jonah Chan and Mazen Kheirbek's groups.  He is interested in myelin plasticity in the setting of neural activity and behavioral experience as a mechanism of structural plasticity in the hippocampus.  He is using systems neuroscience techniques to answer fundamental questions of oligodendrocyte biology.

 
 Vivan Nguyen Chi  post doc

Vivan Nguyen Chi

post doc

Vivan completed her M.S. in Molecular Biosciences with a major in neuroscience at the Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg.  During her Ph.D. in Neuroscience in Andreas Draguhn's lab, she investigated long-range network synchronization between the hippocampus, the olfactory bulb and the medial prefrontal cortex during sleep and wakefulness.  Her current interests are to understand the underlying neuronal networks involved in fear memory and in anxiety in healthy and pathological states.  Random fact : Vivan loves office supplies, especially Sharpies.

Undergraduates

 Sayi Boddu (UC Berkeley)

Sayi Boddu (UC Berkeley)

 Austin Fan (UC Berkeley)

Austin Fan (UC Berkeley)

 

Alumni

 Elie Goldberg  current position, MD-PhD student, Columbia University

Elie Goldberg

current position, MD-PhD student, Columbia University

 Jessica Jimenez  Current position, postdoctoral fellow, Columbia University

Jessica Jimenez

Current position, postdoctoral fellow, Columbia University