Andrew Leifer, Ph.D.
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Andrew Leifer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Previously he was a Lewis-Sigler Fellow and Principal Investigator at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. He received his doctorate in Biophysics from Harvard University under the supervision of Professor Aravi Samuel. As an undergraduate, he attended Stanford University where he graduated with degrees in Physics and Political Science and interdisciplinary honors in international security studies. He grew up out west in sunny California and Colorado.
Anuj Sharma, Ph.D.
Anuj Sharma is an Associate Professional Specialist and Lab Manager in the Department of Physics. Previously, he had been a Postdoctoral Associate at University of Maryland, College Park and Cornell University, Ithaca. He received his Doctorate in Biotechnology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Other than science, he is interested in Nature Photography and Sketching.
Francesco Randi, Ph.D.
Francesco is a postdoc in the Department of Physics. Before joining the lab to study the dynamics of the nervous system in C. elegans, back in Europe he was doing research on out-of-equilibrium condensed matter, shooting laser pulses on solids in Trieste and doing theory in Hamburg.
Monika Scholz, Ph.D.
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Monika Scholz is a Dicke Fellow in the Physics Department. She received her Doctorate in Biophysics from the University of Chicago. As an undergraduate, she studied in Wurzburg and Dresden, where she got a degree in Physics. Since she started working with worms, the fascination with living matter hasn't stopped. Outside of work, Monika likes singing and road biking.
Jointly advised with Josh Shaevitz
Mochi is a graduate student in the QCB program. He grew up in the mean streets of suburban San Diego, where daily drive-by shootings in front of his low-income housing prompted him to move to rustic Berkeley, CA for his undergraduate education. It was at UC Berkeley that Mochi became interested in how biological things worked, and he eventually graduated with a degree in Bioengineering. Outside of work, he likes to play tug of war against fish and read about trivial issues such as arms control.
Xinwei is a graduate student in the Physics program. He grew up in Nanchang, China. He attended the University of Science and Technology of China for his undergraduate study. After he came to Princeton, Xinwei became interested in neuroscience and he is working on how brain generates behaviors now. Other than science, Xinwei likes playing basketball and badminton. He is also a big fan of soccer matches.
Kevin Sean Chen
Jointly advised with Jonathan Pillow.
Kevin is a graduate student in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, interested in systems/computational neuroscience and biophysics. He attended National Taiwan University for undergraduate studies, where his research focused on the neural code in retina. After coming to Princeton, he was fascinated by worms and wants to study neural dynamics and behavior. Outside of lab, Kevin enjoys jogging in the woods, jazz, sketching, and sweet, colorful American snacks.
Alicia Castillo Bahena
Ali is Michigan native and a senior in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. She is interested in the neural underpinnings of behavior and she hopes to continue her studies in graduate school this fall. Other than neuroscience, Ali loves to spend time with her family, cook, and pet cute dogs.
Milena is an undergraduate in the physics department. She is yet another San-Diego-related person in the lab, who mistakingly left the sun and beach and ended up in temperamental New Jersey. In her free time, she enjoys inserting San Diego into every possible conversation and nerding out about cool new lab gadgets.