Lab Members

Primary Investigator

Professor Michal Zochowski, Ph.D : Principal Investigator, Department of Physics and BioPhysics

Professor Michal Zochowski, Ph.D

Principal Investigator, Department of Physics and BioPhysics

michalz@umich.edu

Graduate Students

Troy Lau : Graduate Student, Department of Physics

Troy Lau

Graduate Student, Department of Physics

Troy Lau joined the lab in the spring of 2007 as a graduate student in physics. His work primarily focuses on modeling decision making in the basal ganglia. Specifically he computationally studies the activity of interneurons in the striatum as they correlate to experiment. He also collaborates with Professor Joshua Berke in the Department of Psychology directing his computational methods viain vivo experimentation.

In his free time Troy loves to play soccer, football, frisbee, and fish. He is an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Michigan Wolverines. he also loves to cook and eat all kinds of food.

Troy's work is supported by the NIH Molecular Biophysics Training Grant.

troylau@umich.edu
Tony Smith : Department of Applied Physics

Tony Smith

Department of Applied Physics

Tony has been with the lab group since May of 2008. He is working on ways to characterize and measure epileptiform activity propagation across network cluster interfaces in integrate-and-fire small world network neuronal models. Currently, his work is focused on investigating the effects of distance dependent synaptic delays on the activity and synchronization of these same models.

tonyls@umich.edu
Liz Shtrahman : Graduate Student, Department of Applied Physics

Liz Shtrahman

Graduate Student, Department of Applied Physics

Liz Shtrahman is a PhD student in the Applied Physics Program, and she joined the lab in 2008. Her research focuses on studying spatial and temporal patterns of neuronal electrical activity, which underlie brain function. She utilizes both electrophysiological and novel optical techniques to study these patterns of network activity in cultures of dissociated rat hippocampal neurons. This includes performing multi-electrode recordings with MEAs in addition to imaging with both calcium sensitive and voltage sensitive dyes.

lshtrah@umich.edu
Dan Maruyama : Graduate Student

Dan Maruyama

Graduate Student

dmaruyam@umich.edu
James Roach : Graduate Student

James Roach

Graduate Student

roachjp@umich.edu

Former Members

Dr. Rhonda Dzakpasu Ph.D (Post Doc)
Dr. Sarah Feldt Ph.D (Graduate Student)
Dr. Chris Fink (Graduate Student)
Dr. Soyoun Kim Ph.D (Graduate Student)
Dr. Benjamin Singer Ph.D (Graduate Student)
Dr. Troy Lau, Ph.D (Graduate Student)
Dr. Jack Waddell Ph.D (Graduate Student)
Dr. Jane Wang (Graduate Student)
Piotr Jablonski (Fullbright Fellow)
Andrew Bogaard (Undergraduate)
Beth Percha (Undergraduate)
Eva Olariu (undergraduate and lab research assistant)