Graduate Executive Committee

Executive Committee

Pamela D. Rivière Ruiz  


Year: 4th year graduate student
Department: Cognitive Science
Current Lab: Dr. Lara Rangel Group, Neural Crossroads Laboratory
Research Interests:
I love to think about neural circuitry (all the networks and sub-networks that make up the brain). Particularly, I like to explore how the unique biophysical features of single cells--combined with how these cells are wired to neighboring neurons-- impacts the patterns of electrical activity of the microcircuit they are a part of. To investigate these questions, our lab uses in vivo electrophysiology in rodents to record the electrical activity of individual cells and populations of cells.
Ask me about:
Graduate applications, navigating courses and gaining research experience!
Something about me:
I grew up in Puerto Rico to a Haitian dad and Puerto Rican mom. My favorite hobbies include drawing and playing soccer and tennis and my immediate goals in life involve learning computational modeling of neural networks!

Kevin Lamont White Jr.




Year: 4th year graduate student
Department: Neuroscience
Current Lab: Gentry Patrick
Research Interests:
Neurodegenerative disease, learning and memory
Ask me about:
Grant applications, scientific internships, conferences, networking
Something about me:
I hail from St. Louis, MO. I love to party and dance. Jazz music makes me happy and I love to meet new people in general.

Christian Cazares


Year: 4th year graduate student
Department: Neuroscience
Current Lab: Christina Gremel
Research Interests:
Cognition and action, intercranial data analysis, brain stimulation
Ask me about:
Graduate applications, travel awards, NSF-GRFP, Ford Fellowship, undergraduate funds, interviews, post-baccalaureate programs
Something about me:
I was born in Mexico and somehow ended up in California where I graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Cognitive Science. I took time off to do research at UPenn, and now I'm back in California to focus on Neuroscience. Besides the brain, I love playing videogames, watching sports and chilling with friends.

Maribel Patiño


Year: 4th year MD/Ph.D.
Department: Neuroscience,  Medical Scientist Training Program
Current Lab: Ed Callaway
Research Interests:
I am interested in how brain structure and function is altered in disease states. Anything from neurodegeneration to addiction piques my interest.
Ask me about:
Travel awards, undergraduate research fellowships, post-baccalaureate programs, MD/Ph.D. applications
Something about me:
I am a 1st generation college student. I grew up in Lamont, CA (central valley), went to undergrad at UC Berkeley, and did a postbac program at UPenn. I enjoy anything cat related and have 15+ bows and wear one everyday.

Jillybeth Burgado



Year: 2nd year Graduate Student
Department: Neurosciences
Current Lab: Nicola Allen
Research Interests:
I am interested in the role of non-neuronal cell types, specifically astrocytes and microglia, in development and disease states. My current research focuses on studying factors produced by astrocytes in the context of healthy aging and neurodegenerative diseases.
I am also interested in stress responses in the brain and body, infectious diseases, and public health.
Ask me about:
Undergraduate research, application materials, post-bac opportunities
Something about me:
I was born in Puerto Rico, but I spent most of my childhood in Central Florida. I majored in Neuroscience and Religion at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating, I spent 3 years working at CDC in Atlanta in an infectious disease laboratory. I love travelling, camping/hiking, rock climbing, and rollercoasters.

Caroline Jia


Year: 3rd year MD/Ph.D,1st year graduate student
Department: Neurosciences
Current Lab: Sung Han
Research Interests:
I am interested in pain signaling and understanding the neural networks associated with different types of pain. In general though, I find all of neuroscience and medicine fascinating and exciting.
Ask me about:
MD/Ph.D applications, undergraduate research scholarships
Something about me:
I am originally from Los Angeles, went to UCLA for undergrad, and enjoy rock climbing, swimming, taekwondo, and doing urban dance on the side.


Michael Preston



Year: 1st year graduate student
Department: Neurosciences
Current Lab: Rotating
Research Interests:
Systems and cognitive neuroscience. Neural computation. Oscillations. BCI.
Ask me about: PhD applications, NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Program (Postbac IRTA)
Something about me:
I am originally from Towson, MD. I studied neuroscience at American University, then worked as a postbaccalaureate researcher at the NIH. I enjoy running/hiking, cycling/mountain biking, gardening, and cooking.

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