Dhananjay Bambah-Mukku

Principal Investigator

I  received PhD training in Cristina Alberini's lab at Mount Sinai and NYU and was a postdoctoral fellow in Catherine Dulac's lab at Harvard. I am interested in animal behavior and the biological underpinnings of emotion and subjective experience.

Sunaina Martin

Graduate Student

I received my BS in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles where I studied spatial representations in the retrosplenial cortex under Alcino Silva. I then worked with Tiago Gonçalves to uncover how experience impacts hippocampal spatial representations. I am broadly interested in understanding how animals interact with each other. Particularly, I am interested in how differences in age, sex, and environment govern social interactions.

Elizabeth Chamiec-Case

Graduate Student

I received my BSE in Engineering Physics from the University of Connecticut, where I studied melanin concentrating hormone neurons in the lateral hypothalamus under Alexander Jackson. I am broadly interested in understanding social behaviors at the molecular level. Specifically, I look forward to using transcriptomic analyses to understand how the brain has evolved to support social diversity. 

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Kaitlyn McElhern

Undergraduate Student

I'm a second year studying Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. I am generally interested in how specific populations of neurons affect human and animal behavior. In my free time I love going to the beach, hiking, and hanging out with friends!  

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Zhiyuan (Jax) Chen

Undergraduate Student

Kateryna (Kate) Rozenberg

Undergraduate Student

I'm a junior studying Cognitive Science and Psychology at UCSD. I'm generally interested in emotion and memory and understanding their neurological foundation. 

I am a 4th year neurobiology major and psychology minor undergraduate international student at UCSD!

Before Bambah-Mukku Lab, I worked at the Etkin Lab at Stanford. I have been interested in non-verbal communications of animals ever since high school and am interested in understanding the biological basis for species' social behaviors.