Seminar: Carissa Cascio, PhD, “Sense and Sensibility: Somatic Perception and Affect in Autism Spectrum Disorder”

My graduate training was in neuroscience at Emory University. My work was centered on sensory neuroscience applied to human and nonhuman primates, with an emphasis on tactile perception and functional imaging. Having developed an interest in the neuroscience of autism, I pursued postdoctoral studies at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Center at the University of North Carolina.

Seminar: Thomas A. Blanpied, PhD, “Molecular Nanopositioning and Alignment Control Function of Single Synapses”

I graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. My long-standing interest in cognition and learning has lead to my current work to understand the cellular processes that underlie mental health and psychiatric disorder. At the University of Pittsburgh, I obtained a Ph.D. in the Department of Neuroscience with Jon Johnson, Ph.D., where I used single-channel recordings to study the mechanisms by which the anti-Parkinsonian and anti-Alzheimer’s drugs amantadine and memantine act on NMDA receptors.

Seminar: Michela Fagiolini, PhD, “Circuits Dysfunction in Rett Syndrome from Mouse to Human”

Dr. Fagiolini received her M.S. in biological sciences from University of Pisa, Italy and her Ph.D. in neurobiology from Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in physiology at the University of California, San Francisco under the mentorship of Dr. Michael P. Stryker, she joined the Laboratory for Neuronal Circuit Development at the Brain Science Institute in Japan. There she began a productive collaboration with Dr. Takao K. Hensch.