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Postdoctoral Associates

Our Postdoctoral Associates are a valuable asset to our department through research productivity and by participating in the campus postdoc community. The postdoc group in our department holds regular meetings throughout the semester to discuss their current projects, take part in professional development oppportunities and coordinate outreach events. Each spring the Postdocs share their current research through a series of talks called PoSSe, the Postdoctoral Seminar Series.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs organizes the broader postdoctoral community on campus, including hosting events and sharing award opportunities throughout the year.

Current Postdocs


Photo Jennifer Blackwell
Fontanini Lab
Taste perception in a mouse model of frontotemporal dementia.






Photo Lindsey Czarnecki
Fontanini Lab

Studies cognition and sensory physiology in the chemical senses.

View 5-minute research talk for a general audience, “The Taste of Things To Come,” on the unique ways animals may (not) learn to expect tastes:

Twitter: @NeuroLindsey


Photo Melissa Haley
Maffei Lab

I study the synaptic properties and organization of inputs to the primary gustatory cortex and how they are modified by taste learning and experience.

Twitter: @MelHaley

Photo Hanxiao Liu
Xiong Lab





Photo Hillary Schiff
Maffei Lab

Maturation of inhibitory circuits in the gustatory cortex and expression of taste preferences.

View 5-minute research talk for a general audience, "You Are What You Ate," at



Photo Meng-fu Maxwell Shih
Dubnau Lab

Studying the molecular basis of memory formation with insights from transcriptome sequencing

Twitter: @maxwellshih1
Google Scholar:


Photo Olivia Swanson
Maffei Lab

I'm an electrophysiologist studying synaptic transmission and neuromodulation in cortical circuits. I investigate the postsynaptic targets of long-range pathways to and from the cortex, and how these inputs participate in cortical function. Two of my areas of study are the primary motor cortex and the gustatory cortex.

View 5-minute research talk for a general audience, "The Science of Feeling Full," at


Photo Xinxing Wang
Ge and Xiong Lab

Reprogramming neural circuit activity via lipid metabolism to promote adult hippocampus neurogenesis and cognitive function.


Photo Yuan Zhao
Park Lab

I aim to understand how information and computations are represented and implemented in the brain, both at a single-neuron and systems level. My approach is to design statistical models and machine learning methods specialized for analyzing neural data. 

Google Scholar:
Twitter: @yuanz271