Past Ph.D Graduate Students

 

 

Graduate Student Alumni: Dissertations, dissertation-related

publications, and post-graduate careers:

 

Miranda J Francoeur (2019)The cognitive thalamus: influence on prefrontal cortex and executive function.”

Francoeur MJ, Mair RG (2018) Representation of actions and outcomes in medial prefrontal cortex during delayed conditional decision making: Population analyses of single neuron activity. Brain and Neurosci Adv. 2, 1-15 (Special Collection on Prefrontal Cortex)

Francoeur MJ, Wormwood BA, Gibson BM, Mair RG (2019) Central thalamic inactivation impairs the expression of action -and outcome-related responses in medial prefrontal cortex neurons in the rat. European Journal of Neuroscience 50(1): 1779-1798. Doi: 10.1111/ejn.14350.

Post graduate position: Postdoctoral fellow, Neural Engineering and Translation Labs, University of California, San Diego

 

Rikki L.A. Miller (2015) “Cellular coding properties of goal directed behavior in the mediodorsal and intralaminar nuclei of the rat: comparisons to prefrontal cortex.”

Miller, RLA, Francoeur MJ, Gibson, BM, Mair, RG (2017) Mediodorsal thalamic neurons mirror the activity of medial prefrontal neurons responding to movement and reinforcement during a dynamic DNMTP task. eNeuro 4(5). 20196-17.2017 1-18 doi: 10.1523/ENEURO.0196-17.2017.

Post graduate position: Lecturer Psychology, Univ of Southern Maine, Portland, ME

     Currently:  Assistant Professor of Psychology, Univ. of Southern Maine

 

Benjamin A. Wormwood (2015) “The influence of central thalamus on coding properties of prefrontal cortex.”

Francoeur MJ, Wormwood BA, Gibson BM, Mair RG (2019) Central thalamic inactivation impairs the expression of action -and outcome-related responses in medial prefrontal cortex neurons in the rat. European Journal of Neuroscience 50(1): 1779-1798. Doi: 10.1111/ejn.14350.

Post graduate position:  Lecturer, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston Univ.

 

     Jan Tornick (2012) “An investigation of non-spatial cognitive abilities in an asocial

     corvid,the Clark’s nutcracker (Nucifraga Columbiana).”

Tornick JK, Gibson BM, Kispert D, Wilkinson M (2011). Clark’s nutcrackers (Nucifraga Columbiana) use gestures tro identify the location of hidden food. Animal Cognition 14:117-125.

Tornick JK, Gibson BM (2013) Tests odf inferential reasoning  by exclusion in Clark’s nutcrackers (Nucifraga Columbiana).  Animal Cognition 16:583-597.

Tornick JK, Callahan ES, Gibson BM (2015) An investigation of quantity discrimination in Clark’s nutcrackers (Nucifraga Columbiana).  Journal of Comparative Psychology 129: 17025.

Tornick JK, Riushia SN, Gibson BM (2016) Clark’s nutcrackers are sensitive to distance, but not lighting when caching in the presence of a conspecific. Behav Proc 123: 125-133.

Post graduate position: Lecturer, Dept. Psychology, Univ. New Hampshire, Durham

Currently: Senior Lecturer, Dept. Psychology, UNH, Durham

 

Kristen Onos (2013)  “Response properties of prefrontal cortical neurons in rats performing a spatial delayed non-matching to position task.”

Onos KD, Francoeur MJ, Wormwood BA, Miller RL, Gibson BM, Mair RG (2016). Prefrontal neurons encode actions and outcomes in conjunction with spatial location in rats performing a dynamic delayed non-match to position task. PLoS One; 11(2):e0149019. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.014019.

Post graduate position:  post doctoral fellow, Jackson Labs, Bar Harbor, Maine

     Currently: Assoc. Research Scientist, Jackson Labs

Jackie Hembrook (2011)The Role of Reuniens and Rhomboid Thalamic Nuclei in Spatial Working Memory.”

Hembrook JR & Mair RG (2011) Lesions of reuniens and rhomboid thalamic nuclei impair radial maze win-shift performance. Hippocampus 21, 815-26.

Hembrook JR, Onos KD, & Mair RG (2012) Inactivation of ventral midline thalamus produces selective spatial delayed conditional discrimination impairment in the rat. Hippocampus  22, 853-860.

Post graduate position postdoct fellow, Dept Physiol. Neurobiol. Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth, Hanover, NH.

 

Kathleen Bailey (2004) “The role of frontal cortico-striatal systems in simple and sequential habit learning in the rat.”

Bailey, K.R. & Mair, R.G. (2006) The role of striatum in initiation and execution of learned action sequences in rats. The Journal of Neuroscience 26, 1016-1025.

Bailey, K.R. & Mair, R.G. (2007). Effects of frontal cortex lesions on action sequence learning in the rat. European Journal of Neuroscience 25, 2905-2915.

Post graduate position: post doctoral fellow, Lab of Behav Neurosci, NIMH, Currently: Assoc Prof of Psychology, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA

 

M. Christine Porter (1999) “Effects on DMS trained with retractable levers of the reversible inactivation of intralaminar thalamic nuclei or ventral striatum by local infusions of lidocaine.”

Porter, M.C., Koch, J., & Mair, R.G.  (2001) Effects of reversible inactivation of thalamo-striatal circuitry on delayed matching trained with retractable levers. Behavioural Brain Research 119, 61-69.

Post graduate position: postdoc, Dept Psychology, Ohio State University

Currently: Senior Lecturer of Psychological Sciences, Neuroscience Coordinator, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

 

Joshua A. Burk (1999) “Effects of intralaminar thalamic nuclei, prefrontal cortical, and hippocampal lesions on a seven choice serial reaction time task.”

Burk, J.A. & Mair, R.G.  (2001)  Effects of intralaminar thalamic lesions on sensory attention and motor intention in the rat: a comparison with lesions involving frontal cortex and hippocampus. Behavioural Brain Research 123, 49-63.

Mair, R.G., Koch, J.K., Newman, J.B. , & Howard, J.R.  & Burk, J.A. (2002) A double dissociation in striatum between serial reaction time and radial maze delayed nonmatching performance in rats. The Journal of Neuroscience 22, 6756-6765.

Post grad position: postdoc fellow, Dept Psychology, Ohio State Univ

Currently: Prof. of Psychological Sciences, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

 

Yueping  Zhang (1994) “An analysis of the role of thalamocortical systems in odor memory in the rat.”

Zhang, Y.P., Burk, J.A., Glode, B.M. & Mair, R.G. (1998). The effects of thalamic and olfactory cortical lesions on continuous olfactory DNMTS and olfactory discrimination in the rat (Rattus norvegicus). Behavioral Neuroscience  112, 39-53.

Post grad position: postdoc fellow, Neurobiology, Stanford Univ., Palo Alto, CA Currently:  Associate Prof of Psychology, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR

 

Alexander A. Stevens (1994) “A comparison of the roles of thalamus and frontal cortex in memory for auditory information in the rat.”

Stevens, A.A. & Mair, R.G. (1998). Auditory conditional discrimination is impaired without an imposed delay in rats with lesions of either frontal cortex or medial thalamus. Psychobiology  26, 205-215.

     Post graduate position: postdoctoral fellow, Dept of Neurobiology, Yale Univ.

Currently: Assist Prof  Behav Neurosci, Oregon Health Sciences Univ, Portland, OR

 

Heather L. Young (1993) “Temporal decay of DNMTS performance following lesions of thalamus, frontal cortex, and hippocampus  in the rat.”

Young, H.L., Stevens, A.A., Kivlahan, E.K., & Mair, R.G. (1996) A comparison of temporal decay in place memory tasks in rats with lesions of thalamus, frontal cortex, and the hippocampal system Behavioral Neuroscience  110, 1244-1260.

     Post graduate position: post-doctoral fellow, NIMH;

Currently retrained for clinical practice

 

Susan M. Koger (1993) “The contribution of thalamic and frontal cortical systems to continuous olfactory non-matching to sample performance in the rat.”

Koger, S.M. & Mair, R.G. (1994). A comparison of the effects of frontal cortical and thalamic lesions on measures of olfactory learning and memory in the rat. Behavioral Neuroscience  108, 1088-1100.

     Post graduate position: Asst Prof Psychology, Willamette Univ, Salem, OR; Currently: Professor of Psychology, Willamette Univ.

 

Loredanna M. Harrison (1992) “A comparison of the effects of frontal cortical and thalamic lesions on measures of spatial learning and memory in the rat.”

Harrison, L.M. & Mair, R.G. (1996) A comparison of the effects of frontal cortical and thalamic lesions on measures of spatial learning and memory in the rat. Behavioural Brain Research  75, 195-206.

Post graduate position:  Post-doctoral fellow, Dept Neurology, Tufts University, Currently: Principal Consultant, Educational Pathways

 

John K. Robinson (1991) “Learning and memory in post-thiamine deficient rats following protection from excitotoxic lesions with MK-801.”

Robinson, J.K. & Mair, R.G. (1992). MK-801 Prevents brain lesions and DNMTS deficits produced by pyrithiamine-induced encephalopathy in rats. Behavioral Neuroscience 106, 623-633.

     Post graduate position: post doctoral fellow, Lab of Behav Neurosci, NIMH,

Currently: Prof. Psychology, Ryan Res Professor of Neuroscience, Univ. RI

 

Russell L. Knoth (1988) “An analysis of learning and memory deficits in the rat following recovery from a bout of thiamine deficiency.”

Knoth, R.L. & R.G. Mair (1991). Rats recovered from pyrithiamine induced thiamine deficiency (PTD) treatment respond more slowly and less accurately in a pre-trained non-matching to sample task. Behavioral Neuroscience  105 , 375-385.

Mair, R.G., R. Knoth, S. Rabchenuk, & P.J. Langlais (1991). Impairment of olfactory, auditory, and spatial serial reversal learning in rats recovered from pyrithiamine induced thiamine deficiency (PTD) treatment. Behavioral Neuroscience  105 , 360-374.

     Post graduate position:  Asst. Professor of Psychology, Chapman College, CA; Currently: Director Health Economics & Outcomes Research, Eisai Pharmaceuticals

 

 

Tim Otto (1986) “Effects of leupeptin on aversively motivated spatial memory.”

Mair, R.G., T. Otto, R. Knoth, S. Rabchenuk, & P.J. Langlais (1991). An analysis of  aversively conditioned learning and memory in rats recovered from pyrithiamine induced thiamine deficiency (PTD) treatment. Behavioral Neuroscience  105 , 351-359.

     Post graduate position:  post doc, Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, UC Irvine, CA

     Currently: Prof of Behavioral & Systems Neuroscience, Rutgers Univ, New Brunswick, NJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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