2019 Course Directors

froemke_robertRobert Froemke
NYU School of Medicine

Robert Froemke is Associate Professor in the Skirball and Neuroscience Institutes and Department of Otolaryngology at NYU School of Medicine. His lab studies synaptic plasticity in the mammalian cortex, focusing on neuromodulation and social behavior. He performed Ph.D. research with Yang Dan at UC Berkeley on spike-timing-dependent plasticity, and was a postdoc at UCSF with Chris Schreiner and Mike Merzenich studying the perceptual consequences of long-term plasticity in the rodent auditory cortex. He is a Pew Scholar, a McKnight Scholar, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholar. Rob has previously been a student in NS&B and Methods in Computational Neuroscience, and was a Grass Fellow in 2004.

 

Stephanie Whistephanie-_-portait-1-3te
UCLA

Stephanie White is Professor of Integrative Biology & Physiology at UCLA where she also chairs the Undergraduate Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program. Her lab studies the neural basis of socially-learned vocal communication using songbirds. She conducted her doctoral training with Russ Fernald at Stanford University, investigating the social regulation of reproduction in cichlid fish. She was a postdoc at Duke with Rich Mooney, studying the neural basis of birdsong. Steph has previously been a student in NS&B and co-directed the Grass Labs in 2009-11.

 

 
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 with Rich Simerly. She conducted her doctoral training with Janis Weeks at the University of Oregon studying the steroid-mediated programmed cell death and remodeling of a neuromuscular system during insect metamorphosis and was a postdoc at Cornell with Andy Bass investigating how intrinsic membrane properties control vocal neuron discharge in a teleost fish. Jade has made a career out of spending her summers at the MBL- as an NS&B student, teaching assistant, Grass Fellow, and Associate Director for the Grass Lab.