Lab Personnel

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Principal Investigator

Elizabeth Buffalo, PhD

Associate Professor

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Acting Instructor

Michael Jutras

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Since choosing to study neuroscience as an undergraduate, I have been fascinated with the way in which complex behaviors, including memory, creativity, and emotion can emerge from the activity of neurons in the brain. This interest led me towards my current research, which uses electrophysiological techniques to investigate the activity of neural networks in the medial temporal lobe and how this activity correlates with memory formation. Especially interesting to me is the way that ensembles of neurons in the brain can coordinate their activity in ways that might facilitate certain cellular processes, such as synaptic plasticity or the release of neurotransmitters, in order to affect widespread changes in the mind or in behavior. My current research goal is to contribute to a more thorough understanding of the basic processes underlying normal memory function. Hopefully, this will improve our ability to characterize irregular neural activity in humans exhibiting symptoms of memory loss, ultimately paving the way for improved diagnostics and therapies to treat these disorders.


Postdoctoral Researchers

Miriam Meister

Currently I am recording the activity of neurons in the primate entorhinal cortex to discover how these neurons represent visual space. For example, I am looking into whether the neural representation of visual space shifts along with an image that has shifted its location on a screen. Answering this question about the frame of reference of these neurons is a basic first step in understanding how primate brain structures, first known for their role in memory, also map space.


Graduate Students

Seth Koenig

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Currently, my research examines the factors that guide free viewing behavior. Specifically, I look at how visual salience guides behavior during the viewing of novel scenes and then how memory modulates this behavior during the repeated viewing of these scenes. In general I am interested in computational modeling, data analysis, and electrophysiology.


Yoni Browning


Lab Manager

Megan Jutras

In 2006 I started working in the Buffalo lab as a research technician at the Yerkes Primate Research Center in Atlanta, Ga. Over the next few years I worked on a variety of different projects including evaluating monkey’s preference for viewing faces, designing a task of contextual learning and exploring cognitive impairments in early Parkinson’s disease in both monkeys and humans. I am thrilled to continue my research career as the lab manager in our new location at the University of Washington Primate Center in Seattle and have already developed a love for Rotunda rice crispy treats with fruit loops!

Research Technicians

Kelly Morrisroe

Since Graduating from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Psychology in 2009, I have worked in a number of positions at both the Primate Center and the Department of Comparative Medicine. My primary focus is animal behavior and training, and I particularly enjoy working with non-human primates in neuroscience. Prior to 2009 I worked as a Sign Language Interpreter specializing in medical and Deaf-Blind interpreting.


Sierra Schleufer

For a year before graduating from University of Washington with a BS in Neurobiology, I studied as a 499 student in the Buffalo lab. I now spend my gap years before graduate school happily employed by the same, accumulating employable skills and wisps of sciencey wisdom oft as I can.

Charles Ian O'Leary


Undergraduates

Albert Ng


Collaborators

Pascal Fries

Jocelyne Bachevalier

Katalin Gothard

Peter König

Robert Gross

Cynthia Erickson


Alumni

Maria McKinley

Maria was our Software Developer and Webmaster, integral in the design of the Virtual Reality game used in our experiments. She now works as a Senior Software Engineer at The Walt Disney Company.

Niklas Wilming

Niklas was a visiting graduate student from the Department of Neurobiopsychology, Institute of Cognitive Science, University Osnabruck, Osnabruck, Germany.

Nathan Killian

Nathan is now a Research Fellow in the Department of Neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital

Kiril Staikov

Laura Kakalios

Will Li

Will graduated with highest honors in May 2012, and is currently working in Leslie Ungerleider's lab at the NIH with a Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award.

Termpanit "Natty" Chalermpalanupap

Natty was an undergraduate volunteer in our lab and received Highest Honors for her undergraduate thesis, "Identification of Sequence Learning in Rhesus Macaques through Infrared Eye Tracking". She is currently a neuroscience graduate student at Emory University.

Sal Hemani

Sal was an undergraduate volunteer and came back to work in our lab as a research assistant after graduation. He is currently a medical student at Morehouse College.

Payal Kenia

Payal was an undergraduate volunteer in our lab and received Highest Honors for her undergraduate thesis, "Early Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson's Disease". She is currently medical student at Medical College of Georgia.