Graduate Students

Megan Baker

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Megan joined the lab in Fall of 2019 to pursue her PhD in biomedical engineering.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Biomedical Engineering with minors in Electrical Engineering and Chemistry.  She is currently researching flexible thin-film electronics to record and decode neural circuit motifs in the brain, specifically focusing on dendritic dynamics. Megan  is a Stephen R. Ash Fellowship Recipient from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.

 

Laura Roa  (joint with the Kinzer-Ursem Lab)

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Laura joined the lab in Fall of 2019 to pursue her PhD in biomedical engineering.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University in Biomedical Engineering.  Laura’s research focuses on unraveling the biophysical and biochemical properties of dendritic spines using a combination of nano-electrophysiology, two-photon calcium imaging, transmitter uncaging, and modeling. Laura is a Purdue Doctoral Fellowship recipient.

 

Shulan Xiao

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Shulan joined the lab in the summer of 2019 to pursue her PhD in biomedical engineering. She completed her Bachelors of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China. She majored in optoelectronics during this phase. Her research interests include integrated optical devices, microscopy and neuroscience. Shulan’s research focus is on spatial-light-modulator based uncaging and optogenetics and dendritic dynamics during sensory processing and behavior. She uses a combination of in vivo and in vitro whole-cell electrophysiology, single-unit recordings, two-photon calcium imaging, transmitter uncaging, and optogenetics in her research.