Sept 2017

We receive a collaborative U19 from the BRAIN Initiative, with 6 other labs at Princeton and Davis, to study neural circuit dynamics of working memory and decision-making.

July 2017

Ilana receives the 2017 Daniel X. Freedman Prize for outstanding basic research from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

PNI graduate students Ellia and Anna join the lab. Welcome!

The lab joins the International Brain Laboratory and the Simons Collaboration for the Global Brain.

May 2017

Congrats to our graduating seniors – Hee Jae, Jennifer, Duc, Alex – for successfully defending their theses in Physics, MolBio, Psychogy, and Neuroscience!

Congrats to Dr. Hessam Akhlaghpour for a successful PhD thesis defense! Good luck at Rockefeller!

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Congrats to Jessica for receiving a Shapiro Award to support her senior thesis research in the lab.

Apr 2017

Congrats to Lili for being awarded a travel fellowship for RLDM2017.

Congratulations to Julia on receiving an NRSA fellowship from NIMH!!

Mar 2017

Congrats to Weston for being awarded a 2017 NSF GRFP Fellowship!

Congrats to Malu for being awarded a 2017 Allison J. Doupe Fellowship!

Welcome to Scott Bolkan, a new postdoc in the lab! Scott recently completed his PhD at Columbia with Christoph Kellendonk and Josh Gordon.

Feb 2017

Great talk by Nathan at Cosyne on prefrontal-accumbens interactions!

Congratulations to Courtney on receiving an NRSA fellowship from NIDA!!

Oct 2016

Congrats to Lili on passing her qualifying exam!

Sept 2016

Hessam’s paper is published in eLife! The paper is about dissociated stimulus encoding and firing rate sequences in the dorsomedial striatum during spatial working memory.  Congrats to Hessam,  Clare, Joost, Jennifer, Josh! To celebrate, we went to the Amazing Escape room in Princeton (from which we successfully escaped):


August 2016

Weston joins the lab for his PhD. Welcome!

Nathan’s Nature Neuroscience paper on projection-specific dopamine encoding receives a glowing review in F1000.

June 2016

Junuk and Joel’s paper on the role of cholinergic interneurons in cocaine-context extinction is published in Neuron–congrats, Joel, Junuk and Clare!

May 2016

Goodbye celebration after lab meeting for Michelle and Josh … We’ll miss you — good luck in grad school next year!

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Michelle turns in her senior thesis and gives an impressive presentation to her committee. Terrific job in the lab!

April 2016

Paper on dopamine terminal recordings is published in Nature Neuroscience–congrats Nathan, Josh, Courtney, Junuk and Clare!

March 2016 

Malu receives a prestigious Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain postdoctoral fellowship– Congratulations!!!

February 2016 

Priyanka Singh joins the lab as an undergraduate student–welcome, Priyanka!

November 2015

Julia Cox, who did her PhD in Yang Dan’s lab at UC Berkeley, joins the lab as a postdoc–welcome, Julia!

October 2015

Junuk, Hessam, Nathan, and Joel present cool posters at SFN! Photo of Hessam presenting his poster on neural recordings in striatum during a spatial working memory task:


August 2015

Lili Cai joins the lab as a neuroscience graduate student–welcome, Lili!