Brian Leung is a fifth-year neuroscience PhD candidate and NSF GRFP
recipient in Terrence Town’s lab at USC. He is interested in how the
immune system plays a role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s
Alex is a third-year student in Radha Kalluri's lab studying the
physiology of the inner ear. His research focuses on understanding
how the biophysical properties of auditory neurons underlie their
function to encode sound. As Vice Czar, Alex serves
behind-the-scenes aiding in executive duties, recording minutes of
meetings, and organizing career workshops. Off the clock, Alex can
be found stressing over things that don't really matter like this
small bio, sneaker trends, and making sure to include a third thing
Ted is a fifth-year neuroscience PhD candidate in Scott Kanoski's
lab and an NRSA fellow. He is interested in how sugar affects memory
impairments in adolescent rats. As Treasurer, Ted keeps track of NGF
spending and budgeting. Around L.A., Ted is always interested in the
newest restaurant trends and is a go-to source for foodie news.
Hilary is a third-year PhD student in Katie Page's lab and is
interested in how the brain responds to sugar cues. As historian,
Hilary is responsible for documenting NGF activites and managing the
Instagram account. In times long past, Hilary acted on the Disney
Channel before ascending to the realms of science.
Health Science Campus Liaison
Brian is a fifth-year student and NIH F31 recipient in the joint
labs of Huizhong Tao and Li Zhang. He is interested in developing
and applying novel viral tracing techniques to the study of circuits
underlying innate behaviors in the mouse. As HSC Liaison, Brian is
responsible for representing students on the medical campus and
coordinating with NGF members on UPC.
New Student Liaison
Alicia is a second year student in the Terrence Town lab. Her
research involves understanding sex differences in Alzheimer's
disease with a focus on the neuroendocrine immunology aspect. Alicia
and Clarissa jointly mentor the first year students in the program
as well as coordinate and implement events for NGP's recruitment
weekends. When not in the lab, Alicia is an inconsistent runner and
can often be found tweeting and/or talking about the sunsets and
Saguaro cacti of her home state, Arizona.
New Student Liaison
Clarissa is a second-year PhD student in Scott Kanoski's lab, and is
interested in the feeding behavior of rats. Clarissa, alongside
Alicia, jointly mentor the first year students in the program as
well as coordinate and implement events for NGP's recruitment
weekends. Clarissa is an avowed ultimate frisbee enthusiast.
Jon is a third-year PhD student in the laboratory of Andrew Hires;
his primary research interests lie in the sense of touch. As
co-social chair with A.J., Jon is responsible for planning and
executing social events for members of the program. As a rule, Jon
has his fingers on the pulse of the newest, hottest spots in L.A.
A.J. is a third-year PhD student in Emily Liman's lab. He is
interested in the structure and function of taste receptors. As
co-social chair with Jon, A.J. is responsible for planning and
executing social events for members of the program. When not in the
lab, A.J. enjoys bouldering and whipping up a good meal from
Adam Lundquist is a first year student in Michael Jakowec’s lab,
studying the neurorehabilitative effects of exercise on Parkinson’s.
As the first year representative, Adam works to ease the transition
of fellow first years into NGF and provide a voice for the unique
concerns of first year students. Outside of neuroscience, Adam is an
avid runner, photographer and peanut butter connoisseur.
Samson G. King
Samson is a second year student studying touch in the laboratory of
Andrew Hires. As webmaster, Samson's duties include making this
website as beautiful and functional as time and willpower allows.
His hobbies include hiking, reading, board games, eating donuts, and
avoiding any mixture of long lines, the man-bun, and open-carry
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