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Jesse H. Goldberg (PI)
After graduating from Haverford College, Jesse enrolled in the MD/PhD program at Columbia University. There, he received his PhD in neuroscience for work on microcircuits of the cerebral cortex. After his PhD, he returned to the clinic and became fascinated by basal ganglia diseases such as Parkinson's, Huntington's and dystonia. He was originally intending on doing a residency in neurology, but was diverted when he learned that songbirds have a basal ganglia circuit that plays a role in song learning. He joined Michale Fee's lab at MIT to train in songbird neurophysiology. As a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell, he is building a neurophysiology lab to study basal ganglia function in freely moving animals, including songbirds, engaged in experimentally controlled trial and error learning.

Anindita Das (Post-doc)
I completed my PhD in Cellular neurophysiology at Indian Institute of Science, where my work involved computational models using NEURON and patch clamp electrophysiology of hippocampal neurons. I looked at the effect of various voltage-gated ion channels on the linear kernel characterising these neurons and an important result stemming from this work was the observation that neurons with complex dendritic structures have location-dependent kernels with an intraneuronal functional map in coincidence detection windows. After my PhD, I decided to jump up a few scales to look at the mechanistic basis of behaviour from a neuroethological perspective, that steered me to eventually join this lab. The decision stemmed largely from a  motivation to study the neural basis of singing under different social contexts.

Vikram Gadagkar (Post-doc)
Vikram received his PhD with Professor Séamus Davis in the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics at Cornell University. Over the last few years, he and his colleagues have investigated the existence of a possibly new phase of matter - the 'supersolid' phase - in solid helium using ultra-sensitive SQUID-based torsional oscillators. He is applying his knowledge of experimental physics to problems in systems neuroscience as a postdoc in our lab.

Tejapratap Bollu (Graduate Student)
Teja received bachelor's and master's degrees in electrial engineering and computer science from VIT University (India). He crossed the seven seas on a flying boat to pursue a Master's degree in Biomedical engineering at Cornell University, where he worked on modeling neurovascular networks with Drs. Chris Schaffer and Peter Doerschuk. He now works as a graduate student in Jesse Goldberg's laboratory in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, where he is teaching mice how to use joysticks.

Ruidong Chen(Graduate Student)
Ruidong received his bachelor's degree in computer science from University of Hong Kong. He originally wanted to design intelligent machines, but was diverted when he realised how different artificial intelligence was from biological intelligence. Now he is trying to understand how do songbirds evaluate their songs.

Brendan Ito (Graduate Student)
Born and raised on the warm and sunny island of Oahu, Hawai'i, Brendan completed his Bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry at Hawai'i Pacific University, where he studied how GABAa receptors subtypes are differentially modulated by single molecules. For his PhD, he left the cozy island weather and traveled nearly 5,000 miles to freezing cold upstate NY, all to understand the neural mechanisms underlying sensorimotor decision making in mice.

Andrea Roeser (Graduate Student)
Andrea received her both her master’s degree in biology and bachelor’s degree in biology and mathematical sciences from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. There she worked in Dr. Eric Fortune’s Weakly Electric Fish Lab studying multisensory integration. By joining the Goldberg lab, she hopes to to uncover the neural mechanisms that underlie song evaluation in songbirds.

Eugene Kim (Undergraduate)
Eugene is a College of Arts & Sciences undergraduate majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior. He completed high school in Brookfield, Wisconsin and is interested in understanding the neural circuitry responsible for song learning in songbirds.


Mei Hong Liu (Undergraduate)
Mei is an undergraduate in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majoring in Biology and Society with a concentration in Neurobiology, Behavior, and Society. She graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City and is interested in neural circuits controlling movement in mice. 

Treasure Nwokeleme (Undergraduate)
Treasure Nwokeleme is an undergraduste student in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology & Behavior.  She completed high school in Baltimore, Maryland and is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms that underlie the trial-and-error song learning and evaluation in songbirds.
Katerina Sadov (Undergraduate)
Katerina is an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Computational Biology. She completed high school in Setauket, NY and is interested in applying machine learning to treat movement disorders.
Sophia Kakarala (Technician)
Sophia did her BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Biology at the University of Cambridge, and joined the Goldberg Lab as a technician in December 2018. She is especially interested in neurolinguistics, and is exploring neuroscience by helping with surgeries and equipment in the lab. In her spare time, Sophia enjoys playing soccer, learning new languages, and pasta.
Brian Kardon (Technician)
Brian received a bachelor’s degree in physics from MIT. After briefly working on a PhD in plasma physics, he received a master’s degree in education from UMass Boston, and taught high school physics and biology in the Boston area for 5 years. Having moved back to his hometown of Ithaca, he is now having a great time designing and building hardware and software to facilitate the Goldberg Lab’s study of neural circuitry.


Eliza Baird-Daniel (Ted Schwartz Lab, Weill Medical College)
Eliza is an undergraduate majoring in Biological Sciences with a Neurobiology concentration. She grew up in Seattle, Washington and is interested in using optogenetics to examine the songbird learning system.

Alex Farhang (Cal Tech Neuroscience program)
Alex is an undergraduate from Los Angeles who is now studying Neurobiology. He is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying song learning and evaluation in birds.
Eric Gao (Cornell M.S. Program in Biomedical Engineering)
Eric is an undergraduate working towards a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Biology. He grew up in Indiana and Pennsylvania, and completed high school in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He is interested in the connections between neuroscience and machine learning and is studying reinforcement learning in juvenile birds.
Kamal Maher (Undergraduate, now at Flavaell Lab, Dept Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT)
Kamal is an undergraduate in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences studying Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology. He graduated high school at Arizona School for the Arts and is interested in the biological basis of practice in songbirds.

Don Murdoch (Technician)
Don is currently at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell Univeristy.
Archana Podury (Undergraduate)
Archana is an undergraduate majoring in Biological Sciences and Chemistry with a concentration in Neurobiology & Behavior. She completed high school in the San Francisco Bay Area and is interested in the connection between bird song learning and mammalian motor learning circuits.

Pavel Puzerey (Post-doc)
Pavel received his PhD under the tutelage of Roberto Fernandez Galan in the Department of Neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University. For his thesis, he studied the role of the neurotransmitter, serotonin, in shaping the activity of cortical neurons and networks using slice electrophysiology in mice and computational modeling. Pavel came to the Goldberg lab to learn about the neural mechanisms underlying trial-and-error sensorimotor learning in songbirds.

Nikil Prasad (Undergraduate)
Nikil is currently at Northwestern Medical School.
Tori Riccelli (Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Dudman Lab, HHMI Janelia Farm)
Tori Riccelli is an undergradute majoring in Biological Sciences and concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior. She completed high school in Syracuse, NY and is particularly interested in studying degenerative nerve diseases and movement disorders.
Raghav Subramaniam (Stanford Electrical Engineering and CS PhD program)
Raghav is an undergraduate studying Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. He is interested in applied mathematics topics such as signal processing, optimization, and control. He spent two semesters analyzing birdsong and attempting to change its pitch, and is now building joysticks and teaching mice how to use them. Like those mice, he is easily influenced with free food.
Jackson Walker (Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine)
Jackson Walker completed his undergraduate studies in philosophy as part of the class of 2015. He is currently working as a tech for the lab, ensuring that Teja's mice learn how to use their joysticks. He is interested in learning more about the world of science and how neural representations interact with each other to produce coherent action. He may go to medical school next year, decide to pursue a Ph.D., or attempt to combine medicine and research in the future.