Graduate Fellows

2011 Fellows

Seth Koenig

Seth Koenig 

BS: Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech (2011)
PhD: Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech/Emory (expected 2016)
Research Interests: working in Dr. Elizabeth Buffalo's lab; How neural networks process information especially relevant to sensorimotor systems
Other Interests: games, food, soccer, biking, and swimming

Clarissa Shephard

Clarissa Shephard

BS: Biomedical Engineering, North Carolina State University (2011)
PhD: Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech/Emory (expected 2016)
Research Interests: working in Dr. Garrett Stanley's lab; sensory neural coding
Other Interests: reading, cooking, biking

Charles Zhao

Charles Zhao

BS: Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley (2010)
MS: Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley (2011)
PhD: Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech/Emory (expected 2016)

Research interests: working in Dr. Hang Lu's lab


2012 Fellows

Kyle Blum

Kyle Blum

BS: Bioengineering from Washington State University in 2012
PhD: Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech/Emory (expected 2017)
Research Interests: How the CNS processes sensory information in vivo
Other Interests: Beach volleyball, running, college sports, playing guitar

Ilya Kolb

Ilya Kolb

BS: Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University (2012)
MS: Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University (expected 2012)
PhD: Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech/Emory (expected 2017)
Research Interests: Electronics for neural interfacing; peripheral nerve stimulation/recording
Other Interests: Soccer, hockey, electronics

Michael McKinnon

Michael McKinnon (NSF Fellow)

BS: Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
PhD: Neuroscience, Emory (expected 2017)
Research Interests: Neural encoding of sensory stimuli, Brain-machine interfacing
Other Interests: Movies, food/cooking, community service



2013 Fellows

Aiden Payne

Aiden Payne

B.S: Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech (2013)
PhD: Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech/Emory (expected 2018) 
Research Interests: Sparse coding in sensory and motor systems
Other Interests: Food, Gym, Climbing

Varun Saravanan

Varun Saravanan

B.Tech: Engineering Physics, Indian Institute of Technology - Madras (2013)
PhD: Neuroscience, Emory University (expected 2018) 
Research Interests: Mechanisms of learning and memory; Reinforcement learning
Other Interests: Running, hiking, biking and creative writing

Kun Tian

Kun Tian

B.S: Molecular Cellular Biology, Minors in Math and Computer Science, UIUC (2013)
PhD: Neuroscience, Emory University (expected 2018) 
Research Interests: homeostatic plasticity, high dimensional parameter space analysis
Other Interests: classical music, virtual reality, cocktail

2014 Fellows

Shaquia Idlett

Shaquia Idlett 

BS: Biological Engineering, Mississippi State University (2014)
PhD: Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech/Emory (expected 2019)
Research Interests: brain-machine interfacing, electrophysiology
Other Interests: cooking, crafting, music

Christopher Sinon

Christopher Sinon 

BS: Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Chicago (2012)
PhD: Neuroscience, Emory University(expected 2019)
Research Interests: Motor control, Neural encoding of sensory stimuli, Electrophysiology
Other Interests: Biking, Traveling, Sports, Playing Music

Adam Willats

Adam Willats

BS: Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University (2014)
PhD: Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech/Emory (expected 2019)
Research Interests: modeling neural systems to guide neuromodulation, brain-machine interfaces, sensory encoding
Other Interests: cooking, exploring, reading, attempting to make video games, and biking

  


2015 Fellows

Jim Kwon

Jim Kwon 

BS: Physics, Randolph College (2014)
PhD: Neuroscience, Emory University (expected 2020)
Research Interests: working in Dr. Robert Liu's lab; brain circuitry involved in social bonding, electrophysiology
Other Interests: traveling, hiking, eating good food, and playing sports

James McGergor

James McGregor

BS: Biology, Brandeis University (2015)
PhD: Neuroscience, Emory University (expected 2020)
Research Interests: synaptic plasticity, electrophysiology
Other Interests: basketball, music

Andrea Pack

Andrea Pack

BS: Neuroscience, Minors in Applied Math and Dance, University of Vermont (2011)
PhD: Neuroscience, Emory University (expected 2020)
Research Interests: neural mechanisms underpinning plasticity following neurological deficits and novel rehabilitative methods that drive adaptive neuroplasticity to aid in functional motor recovery
Other Interests: any activity involving mountains (especially hiking), dance, music