Course Directors

AndreFenton1André Fenton
New York University

André Fenton, is a neuroscientist, biomedical engineer and entrepreneur working on three related problems: how brains store information in memory; how brains coordinate knowledge to selectively activate relevant information and suppress irrelevant information; and how to record electrical activity from brain cells in freely-moving subjects. André and colleagues identified PKMzeta as the first molecule demonstrated to be crucial for the persistence of memories, lasting at least a month. Recordings of electrical brain activity in André’s lab are elucidating the physiology of cognitive dysfunction that is a core feature in mental illness. We recently discovered that preemptive cognitive training during adolescence changes the brain sufficiently to prevent the adult brain dysfunction and cognitive impairments that arises from brain damage during early life in a schizophrenia-related animal model. André founded Bio-Signal Group Corp., which is developing an FDA-approved, inexpensive, miniature wireless EEG system for functional brain monitoring of patients in emergency medicine and other clinical scenarios where EEG is needed but impractical.

 

hofmann_hans_01Hans Hofmann
University of Texas at Austin

Hans Hofmann is professor of integrative biology at The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests focus on the neural and molecular mechanisms ofm social behavior. He received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Leipzig and the Max-Planck Institute in Seewiesen. As a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, he began taking advantage of the astonishing diversity and plasticity of cichlid fishes to study how the social environment regulates brain and behavior. While a Bauer Genome Fellow at Harvard University, he pioneered behavioral genomics in cichlids to analyze and understand the molecular and neural basis of social behavior and its evolution. He developed many of the functional genomics resources for cichlids and has been a co-initiator of the cichlid genome consortium, which successfully completed the sequencing of five cichlid genomes at the Broad Institute. He received the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship (in Neuroscience) and was awarded the Frank A. Beach Early Career Award from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.

 

Jade Zee
Northeastern University

Jade Zee is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of the Program in Behavioral Neuroscience at Northeastern University. Her research interest in sex differences in brain and behavior began as a technician studying estrogen receptor-dependent sexual differentiation of dopaminergic neurons in the rodent preoptic area. She received her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Oregon studying the steroid-mediated programmed cell death and remodeling of a neuromuscular system during insect metamorphosis in Manduca sexta. As a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University, she investigated how intrinsic membrane properties and inhibitory neuromodulators control vocal neuron discharge in a teleost fish. She strives to enhance and promote excellence in neuroscience at the undergraduate level and is Past-President for Nu Rho Psi, the national honor society in neuroscience. Jade has made a career out of spending her summers at the MBL- as an NS&B student, teaching assistant, a Grass Fellow, and the Associate Director for the Grass Lab.