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Cory Root, Principal Investigator

Cory grew up in the mountains of Colorado. He received his B.A. in Biology and Chemistry combined major from Whitman College. Before graduate school, Cory worked with Nicholas Spitzer at UCSD for nearly 5 years studying activity-dependent neurotrasmitter expression in Xenopus spinal neurons, where he developed an interest in neurobiology. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Biology from UCSD working with Jing Wang studing olfactory processing in Drosophila. Cory did postdoctoral research with Richard Axel at Columbia University, before coming home to UCSD in the summer of 2016.

 

Postdocs:

 

Chung Lung Chan, Postdoctoral Scholar

Chung received his his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Marquette University, where he worked with Robert Wheeler using in vivo electrophysiology to study the neural encoding of motivation and hedonics in the limbic system. He joined our lab in Summer 2017. He is also a Panda Express enthusiast.

Graduate students:

James Howe VI, Ph.D. student

James is in the UCSD Neurosciences Program. He received his B.A. in Neuronscience and Biology from Dartmouth College. He joined the lab Spring of 2018. Personal website.

James Lee, Masters student

James is a UCSD student in the Biology BS/MS program. He joined the lab winter 2017 as an undergraduate volunteer.

Donghyung Lee (K-Dan), Ph.D. student

K-Dan is in the UCSD Biological Sciences Program. He received his B.S. in Biology from Pomona College. He joined the lab Spring of 2018.

Daniel Stern, Ph.D. Student

Daniel is in the UCSD Neurosciences Program. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University in Politics and JD from Northwestern University. He joined the lab Winter 2018.

Lab staff:

 

Kiana Miyamoto, Staff Research Associate II

Kiana is our lab manager and technician. She received her B.S from UCSD as double major in Cognitive Science and Physiology & Neuroscience. Kiana was the first person to join the lab and has been here since summer 2016. Before coming to the Root lab, she worked with Douglas Nitz as an Undergraduate volunteer.

Preea Mazumder, Staff Research Associate I

Preea received her B.S. from UCSD majoring in Physiology & Neuroscience. She was previously an Undergrad Volunteer in the Root lab.

Undergraduate Students:

 

Bianc Alonso-Bermudez, Undergraduate Volunteer

Bianca is a UCSD student majoring in Physiology & Neuroscience. She joined the lab in spring 2018.

Michael Basset, Undergraduate Volunteer

Michael is a UCSD student majoring in Molecular Biology. He joined the lab in fall 2017.

Alan Faulks, Undergraduate Volunteer

Alan is a UCSD student majoring in Human Biology. He joined the lab in summer 2017.

Elena Gutierrez, Visiting Student Intern

Elena is visiting the lab for the 2017/2018 academic year as part of an intership program from her home university, The University of Manchester. She joined the lab in fall 2017.

Mayuri Kathrotia, Undergraduate Volunteer

Mayuri is a UCSD student majoring in Public Health. She was our first undergrad, joining fall 2016.

Abigail Limary, Undergraduate Volunteer

Abigail is a UCSD student majoring in Physiology & Neuroscience. She joined the lab in winter 2018.

Hirsh Makhija, Undergraduate Volunteer

Hirsh is a UCSD student majoring in Molecular Biology. He joined the lab in spring 2018.

Joelle Victoriano, Undergraduate Volunteer

Joelle is a UCSD student majoring in Human Biology. She has been in the lab since spring 2017.

Jessica Wong, Undergraduate Volunteer

Jessica is UCSD student majoring in Biochemistry & Cell Biology. She has been in the lab since spring 2018.

 

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