The Team

Vijay Mohan K Namboodiri, Ph.D.

Scott Alan Myers Endowed Professor

Principal Investigator:

Vijay received his B.Tech. in Engineering Physics from IIT-Bombay (Mumbai, India) in 2008, Ph.D. in Neuroscience from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine under Dr. Marshall G Hussain Shuler in 2015, and completed his postdoctoral research with Dr. Garret Stuber at UNC-Chapel Hill and University of Washington Schools of Medicine in 2020.

Huijeong Jeong, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher:

Huijeong received her B.S. and Ph.D. in Biological Science from KAIST (Daejeon, South Korea). During her Ph.D. training under the supervision of Dr. Min Whan Jung, she studied different roles of neuronal subtypes in the prefrontal cortex underlying working memory and behavioral flexibility.

Dennis Burke, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher:

Dennis Burke received his PhD through the Brown University-National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnership Program under the mentorship of Dr. Veronica Alvarez at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. His research focused on understanding the microcircuitry of the nucleus accumbens, specifically the function and modulation of lateral inhibition mediated by local GABA synapses between projection neurons. Before graduate school, Dennis graduated with a BS in Neuroscience from Duke University, and he spent time as a technician at Duke University Medical Center studying nicotinic receptors and their contribution to learning and memory.

Ali Mohebi, Ph.D.

Collaborator/visiting scientist:

A recovering electrical engineer (Michigan State, University of Tehran, Sharif University), Ali has a broad interest in the circuit mechanisms of cognitive control and decision making in the cortex and subcortical pathways. He is particularly interested in how neuromodulation sculpts the state of neuronal networks. For the past few years, he has been studying the role of striatal dopamine in learning and motivation in the Berke lab at UCSF and UMich. Endorsed by a K01 award from NIMH, he is now studying the role of neuromodulators (dopamine, acetylcholine, serotonin) in shaping prefrontal network states during attention and working memory.

Andrea Sanders, B.A.

Graduate student:

Andrea received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Amherst College. After graduation, she worked as a research postbaccalaureate in the lab of Dr. Garret Stuber at the University of Washington. Now, as a student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at UCSF, Andrea is interested in understanding how behaviors dependent on OFC function become disrupted in an animal model of AUD.

Mingkang Zhou, B.S.

Junior Specialist:

Mingkang received her B.S. in Neuroscience (Hons) and Psychology from University of Washington. She worked for 1.5 years in the lab of Dr. Michael Bruchas studying the neuronal mechanisms of pain/stress.

Brenda Wu, B.S.

Junior Specialist:

Brenda received her B.S. in Biopsychology (Distinction) and a minor in Applied Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. As an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Ron Keiflin's lab, she used histological tools to investigate the neural dynamics underlying context-dependent reward learning.

Ahmed Morsi

Undergrad Researcher:

Ahmed is a Senior at UC Berkeley studying Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis on biochemistry. He is working on behavioral experiments and setting up data extraction pipelines for future experiments.

Vincent Lee

Undergrad Researcher:

Vincent is a junior at UC Berkeley studying Molecular Environmental Biology with a concentration in Environment and Human Health. He is helping with behavioural experiments to better understand associative learning and eventually addictive behaviour.

Joel Forman

Undergrad Researcher:

Joel is a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Computer Science. He is helping to develop software that aids in investigating the processes behind associative learning and memory through experimentation.

Seul Ah Lee

Undergrad Researcher:

Seul Ah is a freshman at UC Berkeley studying Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis on Neurobiology. She is interested in contributing to our understanding of the neural mechanisms of learning and memory.