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  • Sarah Eagleman

    Sarah Eagleman

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

    BioFor over a decade my research career as a systems neuroscientist has been centered around measuring the brain in different states of consciousness using electrophysiology. Two ways to study conscious transitions empirically are by investigating the brain during sleep and while under anesthesia. My undergraduate thesis work involved presenting auditory tones during slow-wave sleep to detect changes in auditory evoked potentials as participants awoke. I spent my doctoral and early postdoctoral work studying how sleep improves learning and memory at the neural network level. I characterized a phenomenon known as replay (when networks in the brain rehearse previous experiences offline) in a novel visual area. I continued research on replay in my early postdoctoral work in the hippocampus (an area important for spatial navigation as well as memory formation). My work centered around trying to understand how different hippocampal replay trajectories are selected by reward centers in the brain for future behavioral action. A cross country move for a career on the west coast ended my participation in this work after a year.

    I am now interested in studying the brain activity associated with anesthetics to broaden my understanding of brain states that exhibit altered consciousness. In fact, the brain shares similar electrophysiological activity during sleep with some anesthetic transitions. With anesthetics, though one is able to compare how different anesthetic agents interact with different neuromodulatory systems to cause similar behavior outcomes (i.e. sedation and unconsciousness). My current project is to explore and evaluate different computational approaches to quantifying anesthetic depth using electroencephalography. A thorough characterization of the brain activity associated with loss of consciousness during anesthesia is of critical importance to better monitor patients undergoing anesthesia. I am excited by this new opportunity to meld my previous expertise in systems neuroscience electrophysiology with clinical and translational work. It has been a long-term aspiration of mine to do research that will have direct applications to improving human health. 

  • Michelle Lisa Eisenberg

    Michelle Lisa Eisenberg

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    BioMichelle Eisenberg received her Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis, with areas of specialization in Clinical Psychology and in Behavior, Brain, and Cognition. At Washington University Michelle primarily investigated how PTSD affects people’s ability to comprehend ongoing information and make predictions about the future. During her postdoctoral fellowship at the Sierra Pacific MIRECC and Stanford University, Michelle is studying the functional connectivity of the anterior cingulate cortex during resting and task-based fMRI in an effort to identify biomarkers for PTSD. She is also working on a study investigating biomarkers for response to evidence based treatments for PTSD. Her long term goal is to understand how PTSD affects people’s everyday cognitive experiences.

  • Solomon Endlich

    Solomon Endlich

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Developmental Biology

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research focuses on general aspects of theoretical physics: spontaneous breaking of spacetime symmetries, effective field theories, and applications in condensed matter and astrophysics/cosmology. Most recently, I have been preoccupied with the study of dissipative dynamics in astrophysical systems.