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Ph.D. student

Maryna Pilkiw

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.

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Ph. D. student

Yixiong Sun

Yixiong is a Ph.D. candidate studying the role of hippocampal ripple and neocortical spindle coupling on memory consolidation in Alzheimer's disease. He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science - Honours Computer Science and Biology. Throughout his undergraduate study, Yixiong has accumulated extensive experience in the software development industry and hopes to be able to apply his computer science skills in the field of neuroscience. Now as a part of the Takehara lab, Yixiong will learn and use a variety of neuroscience techniques, including electrophysiology with LFP, single neuron recordings, and electrical stimulation, behavioural experimentation, stereotaxic surgery, and time series analysis. In his free time, he tends to go on hikes, read, and play board games with his friends.

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Ph.D. student

Gaqi (Jakki) Tu

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.


Former postdocs
Nathan Insel, Ph.D.                   Assistant Professor at Wilfred Laurier University
Julien Volle, Ph.D.                     Research Scientist at Synapcell
Sergey Chekhov, Ph.D.
Former graduate students
Mark Morrissey, Ph.D.               Post-doctoral fellow in the Tonegawar lab at MIT
Stephanie Tanninen, Ph.D.         Behavioural Neuroscience Technician/Specialist, Biological Sciences Facility,                                                     University of Toronto 
Xiao Tian (Tag) Yu, Ph.D.          Research Associate at Advanced Microscopy Facility at UHN
Justin Jarovi, Ph.D.
Navdeep Lidhar                        Graduate student in the Martin lab at the University of Toronto Mississauga

Seyed (Bardia) Nouriziabari       Student at Ryerson University 
Bohan Xing
Victoria Dawson

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