Graduate students

Maryna Pilkiw

Ph. D. student

I am a PhD candidate working on understanding the neural bases of integration of different sensory and mnemonic information in the brain. During my Master’s work, I characterized activity of single neurons in the lateral entorhinal cortex (LEC) and demonstrated its role in situation coding. In the current project, my aim is to discover the role of the LEC projections to the medial prefrontal cortex, and their role in memory retrieval. Outside of the lab, I am discovering astrophotography and drone piloting.

XiaoTian (Tag) Yu

Ph.D. student

Tag is currently a PhD candidate researching the neural mechanisms behind how temporal associative memories are formed. He has been in the Takehara Lab at U of T since his undergraduate years, after graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science he joined the lab as a Masters student and then transferred into the PhD program. Since he joined the lab Tag has become proficient at many techniques used in neuroscience, such as: optogenetics, chemogenetics, stereotaxic surgery, and various forms of MATLAB data analysis. His current research involves using a blend of all the aforementioned techniques as well as a new technique called fiber photometry to investigate the various neural pathways underlying the formation of temporal associative memories.

Justin Jarovi

Ph.D. student

Gaqi (Jakki) Tu

Ph.D. student

While working on ischemic stroke and Huntington's disease research during my undergrad years, I was fascinated by brain sciences, from synaptic molecules to neuronal firing and to animal behaviors. I, therefore, ventured into the field of neuroscience, specifically to understand the underlying mechanism of associative memory. Here in Takehara lab, my research is focused on identifying and characterizing the role of basal forebrain cholinergic inputs to the medial prefrontal cortex in the trace eyeblink conditioning. Outside of the laboratory, I like photography and cooking.

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Undergraduate students

Adel Halawa

Undergraduate student

Fasika Jembere

Undergraduate student

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Former postdocs

Nathan Insel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Montana

Julien Volle, Ph.D., Research Scientist at Synapcell


Former graduate students

Mark Morrissey, Ph.D., Post-doctoral fellow in the Tonegawar lab at MIT

Navdeep Lidhar, Graduate student in the Martin lab at the University of Toronto Mississauga

Seyed (Bardia) Nouriziabari, Student at Ryerson University 

Stephanie Tanninen, Ph.D., Manager, Centre for Biological Timing and Cognition at University of Toronto 

Bohan Xing

Victoria Dawson