Postdoctoral Fellows

Sophie Bridgers, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Intentional and Unintentional Misunderstandings: How goal ambiguity and trade-off between needs inform social compliance across development and neurodiversity
Frederik Kamps, Ph.D., Simons Fellow

Project: Development of Cortical Regions for Social Perception and Cognition

Shaoyu Lin, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Holistic interrogation of iPSC-cortical organoids modeling MeCP2 deficiency in Rett syndrome

Alex Major, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Probing the cortical circuits that prevent sensory overload


Xuyu Qian, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Charting the cell type-specific enhancer activities of human accelerated regions in brain development and autism
Liron Rozenkrantz, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Neural mechanism of hyper-rationality in ASD

Michael Segel, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Exploiting retroelements for targeted gene insertion

Chenjie Shen, Ph.D., Simons Fellow

Project: RNA editing as a gene therapy approach for Rett Syndrome

Menglong Zeng, Ph.D., Simons Fellow

Characterization of the functional impact of Shank3-CaMKIIα interaction

Former Postdoctoral Fellows

William Menegas, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Behavioral and neural measurements of social reward in freely moving marmosets

Danielle Tomasello,Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Metabolic Changes After Disruption of 16p11.2 Gene Expression

Jakob Voigts, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Dendritic mechanisms of context dependent cortical computation

Alexandra (Sasha) Krol, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Uncovering the developmental and circuit origin of ASD-associated aggression

Oliver Saunders Wilder, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Quantitative Assessment of Socio-Affective Dynamics in Autism Using Interpersonal Physiology

Jeong-Tae Kwon, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Mechanistic Interrogation of Oxytocin’s Role in Social Learning

Anila D’Mello, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Characterizing Neural Adaptation in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Nancy Padilla-Coreano, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Neural circuit dynamics of prefrontal regulation of social dominance via the hypothalamus

Siyuan Rao, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Magnetochemogenetics: wireless temporally and spatially precise chemical neuromodulation in a mouse model of autism

Stefano Anzellotti, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Investigating the dynamic interactions between brain regions involved in social cognitive processes

Boaz Barak, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Discovering the neural circuit responsible for social behavior in mice

Fernando Bustos, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Use of CRISPRs for the removal of a spontaneous mutation causing abnormal Autism-like behaviors.

Bradley Carter, Ph.D., Simons Center Postdoctoral Fellow
Project: Understanding CNVs and autism: genetic interactions of the 16p11.2 region

Jae-Byum Chang, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Large-volume nanoscale imaging of synaptic proteins to understand the molecular mechanisms of autism

Ritchie Chen, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Structural, molecular, and electrophysiological phenotyping of brain organoid models of Rett syndrome

Limor Freifeld, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: High-throughput characterization of neural circuit dysfunction in larval zebrafish models of autism

Ulrich Froriep, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Electrophysiological Correlates of Repetitive Behavior in a Mouse Model of Autism

Kathryn Harris, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Characterization of Shank function in drosophila

Lei Jin, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Engineering systems for cell-type-specific transgene expression in wild-type-animals

Yea Jin Kaeser-Woo, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Molecular tuning of Wnt signaling by the Autism-associated gene CHD8

Mehmet Kanik, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Fiber-Based Probes for Depth Specific Electrophysiological Correlation of Cortical Phenotypical Abnormalities in a Mouse Model of Autism

Sung-Yon Kim, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Comprehensive structural and molecular phenotyping of mouse models for Rett syndrome

Gillian Matthews, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Optogenetic dissection of the neural circuitry underlying social interaction

Paul Muentener, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Learning by doing: A longitudinal investigation into the relationship between early exploratory play behaviors and developmental disorders

Elizabeth Norton, Ph.D., SCSB Schwinn Family Postdoctoral Fellow
Project: Time course and functional specialization of face processing in Autism: a simultaneous EEG-fMRI investigation

Lindsey Powell, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Social affiliation and imitation in the typically developing brain

Neville Sanjana, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Using Genome Engineering to Model Angelman Syndrome: Creation of human cell models of autism

Jorg Scholvin, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Three-dimensional Microelectrode Recording of Neural Circuit Dynamics in Autistic Model Mice

Or Shemesh, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Single cell resolution optogenetics: development and application to autism functional connectomics

Yeong Shin Yim, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Investigating the role of IL17Ra during brain development in autistic model mice

Ian Slaymaker, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Behavioral and neurological characterization of mice with loss-of-function CHD8 mutation

Philipp S. Stawski, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Super-Resolution Imaging of Synaptic Proteins and their Roles in Synaptic Plasticity

Xin Tang, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Identify KCC2 Enhancers to treat Rett Syndrome

Ashley Watson, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Investigating the functions of HDAC9 in the molecular etiology of autism

Romy Wichmann, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Investigating the role of dopamine and stress in social interactions

Yang Zhou, Ph.D., Simons Fellow
Project: Developing TALENs Mediated Genome Engineering Technology in Rodent and Primate Cells for Autism Research