Mark Frye PhD University of Washington

Professor, UCLA Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology and Neurobiology

Chair, PhD program in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology (MCIP)

Affiliations and memberships
UCLA Brain Research Institute
Neuroscience PhD program
Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology  PhD program
International Society for Neuroethology
Society for Neuroscience

Google Scholar

NeuroTree MS with Robert Olberg at Union College, PhD with Tom Daniel and Jim Truman at University of Washington, postdoc with Michael Dickinson at Caltech,

Hometown: Delmar, NY
Talent: guitars and their variants


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Karen Cheng BS UCLA
PhD Candidate, Neuroscience program
Project: Multisensory aminergic modulation of visual behavior
Awards: Honorable Mention NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 2016; NEI F31 2018-2020
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Talent: piano

Martha Rimniceanu

Martha Rimniceanu BS Tufts University
PhD Student, Molecular Cellular Integrative Physiology
Project: Control systems and circuits for visuo-motor integration
Hometown: Bușteni, Romania
Talent: salsa (the dance, not the food)

Lesly Palacios Castillo BS, MS California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
PhD Student, Molecular Cellular Integrative Physiology
Project: Multisensory and neuromodulatory control of neural circuits and behavior
Hometown: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Talent: singing and guitar


Ben Hardcastle

Ben Hardcastle PhD Imperial College
Project: Neuronal mechanisms of feature detection and polarization vision
Hometown: Newcastle, United Kingdom
Talent: heavy metal guitar

Sam LoCasio

Sam LoCasio PhD MIT
Project: Functional development of directional tuning by motion detectors, Sam is co-mentored by Larry Zipursky
Awards: NIH F32 postdoctoral research grant 2018
Hometown: All over the world
Talent: guitar

Giovanni Frighetto

Giovanni Frighetto PhD, MS University of Padova
ResearchGate profile
Project: Analysis of visual object detection
Hometown: Arzignano, Italy
Talent: drumming, juggling, climbing


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Sara Wasserman PhD, Brandeis University
Assistant Professor Wellesley College
Project: Sara works in the lab during the summer with her cadre of super-star undergraduates on projects aimed at understanding state-dependency in neural circuits and behavior.
Hometown: Brentwood CA
Talent: violin, wit


David Krantz, UCLA Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science. Project: aminergic modulation  of visual processing
Volker Hartenstein, with Dr. Jaison Omoto, UCLA Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Project: genetic analysis of visual circuitry supplying the central complex
Sara Wasserman, Wellesley College. Project: modulation of sensory physiology by hunger and thirst , and also with our high school outreach
Larry Zipursky, UCLA Biological Chemistry. Project: BRAIN Initiative – Mapping neurotransmitter receptors onto the connectome


​Dr. Carola Städele, Research Assistant Professor at Illinois State University
Dr. Jean-Michel Mongeau, Assistant Professor at Penn State University
Dr. Sara Wasserman, Assistant Professor at Wellesley College
Dr. Jessica Fox, Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Jamie Theobald, Associate Professor, Florida International University
Dr. Partha Krishnan, Deputy Director of HSE (Vaccine Business Unit), Sanofi Pasteur
Dr. Yan Zhu, Associate Professor at Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Biophysics

Graduate students
Ivan Lopez (MS IBP), preparing for medical school
Mehmet Keleş (PhD,  MCIP), postdoc Mark Wu lab Johns Hopkins University
Jacob Aptekar (PhD, Neuroscience, MD MSTP program UCLA ) associate for McKinsey Consulting
Ross Kelley (MS, Physiological Science) attending University of Arizona medical school
Dawnis Chow (PhD, MCIP), NIH-NRSA postdoc Joe Fetcho lab, Cornell University
Brian Duistermars (PhD, MCIP), Visiting Assistant Professor Claremont McKenna College

Undergraduates and high school students
Rachel Colbath undergraduate researcher, lab technician, starting medical school at USC
Natalie Boyd undergraduate researcher, lab technician, preparing for graduate school
Rachel Mernoff undergraduate researcher, Fulbright Scholar, headed to the joint MD/MPH program at UCSF/Berkeley
Nina Fukuma undergraduate researcher worked on flight control with Mehmet, got accepted to 6 medical schools!
Austin Wang (undergraduate researcher and co-author) now a PhD student at UCSF in Aimee Kao’s lab 
​Patrick Lu undergraduate researcher, then research technician. Co-Founder CEO Playfull
Farhaad Kahn undergraduate researcher worked on visual control of flight with Jean
Asma Sodager (high school student, NIH STEP-UP program) at UC Irvine
Conway Ou: undergraduate researcher that worked on effects of dietary restriction on neuromechanical flight control
​Elliot Layne SWIRLSS program high school student working on optogenetics and multisensory behavior
Noam Ringach (high school student) worked with Jean on video tracking software
Emmett Krantz (high school student) worked with Karen on optogenetics and multisensory behavior
Nadya Zolotova (undergraduate and postgraduate researcher and co-author) now in medical school UC Irvine
Nelson Nunez (high school researcher,  NIH STEP-UP program) entering college
Ryan Tsiao (undergraduate researcher) now working toward medical school
Delaine Quaresma (undergraduate researcher ) now in vet school, UC Davis
Jade Nguyen (undergraduate researcher and co-author) class of 2020 Chicago Medical
Allie Salomon (high school volunteer and co-author), now biomedical engineering major at Northwestern University
Rachel Care (undergraduate researcher), Fulbright Fellow, NIH-NRSA predoc graduate student in the Dunn lab, UCSF
Ivan Rodriguez-Pinto (undergraduate researcher), now a graduate student at Florida International University
Victoria Choi (undergraduate researcher), now attending Berkeley optometry school
Jasmin Hu (undergraduate researcher), now attending optometry school
Portia Bautista (undergraduate researcher), now attending medical school
Manish Padhiar (undergraduate researcher), now a graduate student at Princeton University
Jennifer Rhodes (the lab’s first summer undergraduate researcher, 2005), graduate of UC Berkeley Bioengineering