UMass Neuroscience Publications – December 2020

This month’s featured researcher is Daniel Vahaba. Dan is a Mellon visiting assistant professor in public discourse in biology, biochemistry and neuroscience at Smith College. He is interested in how scientists communicate information and also how birds communicate. He received his PhD from UMass in 2018 in the lab of Luke Remage-Healey. They recently had a paper appear in the Nature Scientific Reports, “Neuroestrogen synthesis modifies neural representations of learned song without altering vocal imitation in developing songbirds“. This paper shows that hormones have many different effects on the neural circuits involved in learning bird song.

Here’s what else is new for ‘ ”University of Massachusetts” AND Amherst AND neuroscience’ in PubMed. These publications appeared on line in December. They are just a fraction of the research that occurs on campus. You can click on the PubMed ID to find the publication.

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UMass Neuroscience Publications – November 2020

Hava Siegelmann

This month’s featured researcher is Hava Siegelmann, who is a Professor in the College of Information and Computer Science. Hava runs the Biologically Inspired Neural & Dynamical Systems (BINDS) Laboratory. She recently returned to UMass after leading an artificial intelligence initiative for the Department of Defense. This month an article that she co-authored, entitled, “A modeling framework for adaptive lifelong learning with transfer and savings through gating in the prefrontal cortex“, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in which neural network modeling was used to create a process that might mimic how the prefrontal cortex uses and expands its own memory. Hava herself was recently featured in a UMass article, A Campus Visionary.

Here’s what else is new for ‘ ”University of Massachusetts” AND Amherst AND neuroscience’ in PubMed. These publications appeared on line in November. They are just a fraction of the research that occurs on campus. You can click on the PubMed ID to find the publication.

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UMass Neuroscience Publications – October 2020

This month’s Featured Researcher is Agnès Lacreuse. Dr. Lacreuse is a Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. Her lab studies age-related cognitive decline in a nonhuman primate with a short lifespan, the common marmoset. This month in collaboration with researchers at the University of Massachusetts Worcester and Worcester PolyTech, they published a paper in Science Reports that found sex differences in brain connectivity as marmosets age.

Here’s what else is new for ‘ ”University of Massachusetts” AND Amherst AND neuroscience’ in PubMed. These publications appeared on line in October. They are just a fraction of the research that occurs on campus. You can click on the PubMed ID to find the publication.

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UMass Neuroscience Publications – September 2020

Buju Dasgupta

This month’s featured researcher is Nilanjana “Buju” Dasgupta, who is a professor in Psychological & Brain Sciences, the Director of Faculty Equity and Inclusion in the College of Natural Sciences, and Director of the Institute of Diversity Sciences. Her research focuses on implicit bias. This month, she appeared in Pubmed as an author on a paper entitled, “Open science, communal culture, and women’s participation in the movement to improve science

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UMass Neuroscience Publications – August 2020

This month’s featured researcher is Melinda Novak. Melinda is a professor in Psychological and Brain Sciences. She is one of the founders of the Neuroscience and Behavior Graduate Program. Her research has centered around neuroendocrinology and stress. She and her long-term collaborator and colleague, Jerry Meyer wrote a review paper, which was published this month in Developmental Pyschobiology and summarizes work on non-invasive measurements of stress in newborns.

Here’s what else is new for ‘ ”University of Massachusetts” AND Amherst AND neuroscience’ in PubMed. These publications appeared on line in August. They are just a fraction of the research that occurs on campus. You can click on the PubMed ID to find the publication.

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UMass Neuroscience Publications – July 2020

Dr. Rebecca Ready

This month’s featured researcher is Rebecca Ready. Rebecca is a Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. She is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and of the American Psychological Association and heads the Aging, Emotion, and Cognition Lab here at UMass. This month she had a paper appear in PubMed in which a team validated testing measure to determine outcomes of patients with Huntington’s Disease.

Here’s what else is new for ‘ ”University of Massachusetts” AND Amherst AND neuroscience’ in PubMed. These publications appeared on line in July. They are just a fraction of the research that occurs on campus. You can click on the PubMed ID to find the publication.

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UMass Neuroscience Publications – June 2020

This month’s featured researcher is Joseph Bergan. Joe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. His lab examines neural circuits underlying social behaviors in rodents. His latest publication to appear in PubMed was published in the journal eNeuro and looks at sex-specific synaptic connections in the medial amygdala. They found anatomical differences in aromatase-expressing circuits that underlie sex-differences in response to social stimuli.

Here’s what else is new for ‘ ”University of Massachusetts” AND Amherst AND neuroscience’ in PubMed. These publications appeared on line in June. They are just a fraction of the research that occurs on campus. You can click on the PubMed ID to find the publication.

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UMass Neuroscience Publications – April/May 2020

This month’s featured researcher is Courtney Babbitt. Courtney is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. Courtney researches how cis-regulatory element evolution affects phenotypic evolution. In particular, she has investigated brain evolution in humans and other primates. She is the senior author on a review that appeared in PubMed this month examining technological progress in elucidating the role of metabolic changes in human brain evolution.

Here’s what else is new for ‘ ”University of Massachusetts” AND Amherst AND neuroscience’ in PubMed. These publications appeared on line in April and May. They are just a fraction of the research that occurs on campus. You can click on the PubMed ID to find the publication.

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UMass Neuroscience Publications – March 2020

This month’s featured researcher is Richard van Emmerick. Richard is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. His lab studies motor control and coordination, applying principles from complex and nonlinear dynamical systems to the study of posture and locomotion. More specifically, they examine mechanisms of balance and gait disorders due to aging and neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This month, a publication of theirs appeared in PubMed related to MS patients.

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UMass Neuroscience Publications – February 2020

This month’s featured researcher is Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi. Yahya is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in the College of Engineering. He is the Graduate Program Director for Mechanical Engineering. His lab studies fluid structure interactions. He has studied the fluid movements of fish and crayfish through water. In his paper, which appeared in PubMed in February, he proposes a model that provides patient-specific details for cerebral aneurysms.  Yahya is a co-PI on the recently submit NSF NRT graduate training grant on Biological Neurotechnology

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