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Matthew Shtrahman
Principal Investigator

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Matt received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan. He returned to his hometown to obtain his MD and PhD degrees at the University of Pittsburgh, where he did his thesis work with Dr. Xiao-lun Wu in the Department of Physics. He completed his residency training and clinical neurophysiology fellowship in the Department of Neurology at UCLA. Matt went on to do his postdoctoral training in the labs of Dr. Tom Otis at UCLA and Dr. Fred Gage at the Salk Institute before joining the faculty of the Department of Neurosciences at UCSD in 2016.


Stacy Kim
Research Assistant


Stacy graduated from UCSD with a B.S. in Cognitive Science specializing in Neuroscience. She is interested in Systems Neuroscience and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. She walks her fluffy dog Poro and likes to eat fried chicken when she is not in the lab.



Adrian Martinez
Research Assistant


Adrian graduated from UCSD with a B.S. in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience. He is interested in Systems Neuroscience and is currently investigating cytoarchitectural modifications in the mesial temporal lobe associated with mTLE. He plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. When not in lab, Adrian enjoys backpacking, cooking, and learning about new tech.

Samir Saidi
Ph.D. Student

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Samir is a PhD student in the UCSD Bioengineering Department. He is mainly interested in designing new optical tools to study the brain in vivo. When not in the lab, Samir enjoys training for marathons and attempting to surf.



Shannon Kee
Masters Student

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Shannon graduated from UCSD with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and is now working toward a Masters in Biology. She is interested in the pathophysiology of brain diseases and is currently investigating mechanisms underlying mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. Her plan is to attend medical school in 2019. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and trying new foods.


Nolan Mac
Masters Student


Nolan is a Master’s Student in the UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences. He received his B.S in Physiology and Neuroscience from UCSD and is currently studying hippocampal adult neurogenesis and the processes that modulate it. Outside of lab he enjoys exploring national parks, cooking, and climbing.


Joseph Newhide
Masters Student


Joseph is a Master’s student in the lab, and is part of the BS/MS program in the UCSD Biology Department. He graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry/Cell Biology in 2019. He is currently part of the glioblastoma and brain organoid projects in the lab. In his free time, Joseph enjoys scuba diving, swimming, and eating out with his friends.







Summer Batasin


Summer is an undergraduate student in the UCSD Bioengineering Department. She is interested in how the changes in the hippocampal dentate gyrus lead to temporal lobe epilepsy and developing medical devices. When not in lab, Summer enjoys trying new restaurants and watching Netflix.


Dev Bhati


Dev is a junior undergraduate studying Electrical Engineering at UCSD. He is interested in software solutions, automation control, and robotics. In his spare time, Dev enjoys playing basketball and learning to cook.



Achol Chowdhury


Achol is a junior majoring in Physiology and Neuroscience and minoring in Philosophy at UCSD. She is interested in studying learning and memory in the medial temporal lobe and its association with various neural disorders. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places, finding new music and learning new languages.


Clyde Sanvictores


Clyde is an undergraduate majoring in biophysics. He is interested in optics and microscopy. After graduation, Clyde plans to pursue a graduate degree in biophysics. In his free time, Clyde likes playing video games, cooking, and sleeping in.


Sharon Sengphanith


Sharon is a fifth year undergraduate student from SDSU majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is participating in the CIRM internship for the year and is in the lab working on the rAAV project. In her free time, Sharon loves traveling, eating, and being outdoors.


Christian Sharp


Cris is a senior majoring in physics at UCSD and interested in electronics, optics, and fundamental physics. Cris plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics after graduation. When Cris is not in the lab he likes to cook with his girlfriend and listen to music.






Cooper Bloyd


Cooper is currently a medical student at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where he continues to pursue his interests in translational research and clinical medicine.



Bryan Ha


Bryan is graduating from UCSD with a B.S. in Physiology & Neuroscience. He is interested in immunochemistry and learned patterns in mouse behavior. In his free time, Bryan enjoys surfing and snowboarding.


Alexandr Newberry


Alex graduated with a degree in physics from UCSD in 2018 with an emphasis on computational physics. Alex work on algorithms for segmentation and analysis of calcium imaging data. Alex is interested in biophysics and computational modeling and plans to pursue graduate degree in physics.


Dennis Ren


Dennis is a senior undergraduate student at UCSD majoring in Electrical Engineering. Dennis is interested in embedded electronics, automation control, and aerospace technologies. Dennis enjoys skiing and tinkering in his spare time.



Lauren Stiene


Lauren is a junior at UCSD majoring in Physiology and Neuroscience. She is interested in memory formation and neurodegenerative diseases, and plans to attend medical school after graduation. In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking and traveling.


Emily Yan


Emily earned her B.S. in Physiology and Neuroscience at UCSD and is completing her M.S. in Biology. She is interested in studying adult neurogenesis and memory formation.Moving forward, she hopes to attend medical school in 2019. In her free time, Emily enjoys painting with watercolors and snorkeling at La Jolla Cove.

Tammy Zhou


Tammy is a highly motivated junior at UC San Diego, majoring in Cognitive Science – Human Computer Interaction. She believes the integration of science and art can make the world a better place. In her free time, Tammy loves cooking and exploring new cuisines.






Poo MM, Pignatelli M, Ryan TJ, Tonegawa S, Bonhoeffer T, Martin KC, Rudenko A, Tsai LH, Tsien RW, Fishell G, Mullins C, Gonçalves JT, Shtrahman M, Johnston ST, Gage FH, Dan Y, Long J, Buzsáki G, Stevens C. What is memory? The present state of the engram. BMC Biol. 2016; 14(1):40. PMID: 27197636. PDF

Gonçalves JT, Bloyd CW, Shtrahman M, Johnston ST, Schafer ST, Parylak SL, Tran T, Chang T, Gage FH. In vivo imaging of dendritic pruning in dentate granule cells. Nat Neurosci. 2016 Jun; 19(6):788-91. PMID: 27135217. PDF

Johnston ST, Shtrahman M, Parylak S, Gonçalves JT, Gage FH. Paradox of pattern separation and adult neurogenesis: A dual role for new neurons balancing memory resolution and robustness. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2016 Mar; 129:60-8. PMID: 26549627. PDF

Shtrahman M, Aharoni DB, Hardy NF, Buonomano DV, Arisaka K, Otis TS. Multifocal fluorescence microscope for fast optical recordings of neuronal action potentials. Biophys J. 2015 Feb 3; 108(3):520-9. PMID: 25650920. PDF

Mostany R, Miquelajauregui A, Shtrahman M, Portera-Cailliau C. Two-photon excitation microscopy and its applications in neuroscience. Methods Mol Biol. 2015; 1251:25-42. PMID: 25391792. PDF

Yeung C, Shtrahman M, Wu XL. Stick-and-diffuse and caged diffusion: a comparison of two models of synaptic vesicle dynamics. Biophys J. 2007 Apr 1; 92(7):2271-80. PMID: 17218458. PDF

Shtrahman M, Yeung C, Nauen DW, Bi GQ, Wu XL. Probing vesicle dynamics in single hippocampal synapses. Biophys J. 2005 Nov; 89(5):3615-27. PMID: 16113110. PDF




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