Lab Members

Michael Long

Principal Investigator
Michael Long studies the neural circuits that underlie complex behavior. He trained with Barry Connors (Brown University) and Michale Fee (MIT). His laboratory examines brain networks during the perception or production of skilled movements (often vocalizations) with a special interest in understanding the cellular and network properties that contribute to these behaviors.

mlong@med.nyu.edu

Lyn Archer Ackert-Smith

Staff
Lyn majored in Neuroscience with a minor in Computer Science at Middlebury College, working with Dr. Michael Dash on a thesis covering the influence of hippocampal infraslow oscillations on localized population complexity — defined by multiscale entropy — in Long-Evans rats. He also conducted behavioral research with Sprague–Dawley rats to predict learning strategy based on algorithmic analysis of striatal and hippocampal local field potentials. At the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, clinical experience with cardiac arrest patients helped develop his interest in providing people with better treatments. Lyn plans on integrating these experiences to later pursue research in neuroprosthetics — forming predictive motor systems that can restore movement lost to neurological damage. Among other projects in the Long Lab, he is motivated by the possibility of investigating language generation and speech motor sequences in a new light

Publications

Goldenberg, JE, Lentzou, S, Ackert‐Smith, L, Knowlton, H, Dash, MB. Interindividual differences in memory system local field potential activity predict behavioral strategy on a dual‐solution T‐maze. Hippocampus. 2020; 30: 1313–1326. 

Ariadna Corredera Asensio

Staff
Ariadna grew up in Barcelona, Spain, where she studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Barcelona. She then completed her undergraduate thesis in Crickmore’s Lab at Harvard Medical School, studying motivation in Drosophila melanogaster. Specifically, the gradual reversal of sexual satiety in male flies after copulation. Next, she completed her master’s in Neuroscience in Rajasethupathy’s Lab at Rockefeller University, exploring large network dynamics and their specific activity patterns in mice. Her master’s thesis combined virtual reality tasks, in-vivo multifiber photometry recordings, and viral tracing tools to explore how different sources of external and internal information are locally integrated into the anterior cingulate cortex; a prefrontal network necessary for behavioral flexibility.

Gregg Castellucci

Postdoctoral Trainee
Gregg studies how the brain generates rhythmic motor sequences, and is especially interested in
the production of human speech and animal vocalizations. In 2017, he completed a joint PhD in
linguistics and neuroscience at Yale University under the direction of Stephen R. Anderson and David McCormick. In the McCormick Lab, he investigated the biological and genetic basis for
ultrasonic vocalization in house mice. He then joined the laboratory of Janghoo Lim in the Yale
Department of Genetics, where he studied the neurobiological mechanisms of pathological
articulatory variability in spinocerebellar ataxia type 1. In the Long lab, Gregg uses human
intracranial electrophysiology to examine the role of IFG and sensorimotor brain regions in
generating speech.

Gregg.Castellucci@nyumc.org

Publications
Castellucci GA, McGinley MJ, McCormick DA (2017). Foxp2 knockout disrupts vocal
development in mice. Sci Rep, srep23305.

Castellucci GA, Calbick D, McCormick DA (in review). The temporal organization of mouse
ultrasonic vocalizations.

Margot Elmaleh

Graduate Student
Margot did her undergraduate work with Barry Connors, where she completed her honors thesis exploring interneuron connectivity in the superficial layers of mouse medial prefrontal cortex with paired intracellular recordings. After helping characterize mouse models of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis with Dr. Neil Shneider post graduation, she moved to NYU and helped Jayeeta Basu start her new lab. In the Basu Lab, she studied hippocampal back projections to the entorhinal cortex, using optogenetics and whole cell patching in vitro. Margot is currently a graduate student investigating motor learning in the zebra finch.

Margot.Elmaleh@nyumc.org

Publications
Sharma A, Lyashchenko AK, Lu L, Nasrabady SE, Elmaleh M, Mendelsohn M, Nemes A, Tapia JC, Mentis GZ, Shneider NA (2016). ALS-associated mutant FUS induces selective motor neuron degeneration through toxic gain of function. Nat Commun, 7:10465.

Cruikshank SJ, Ahmed OJ, Stevens TR, Patrick SL, Gonzalez AN, Elmaleh M, Connors BW (2012). Thalamic control of layer 1 circuits in prefrontal cortex. J Neurosci, 32(49):17813-23.

Elnaz (Ellie) Hozhabri

Graduate Student
Ellie is a graduate student in the Long lab, focusing on the functional connectivity within HVC that enables zebra finches to produce such a beautifully precise sequence of song. She was born in Tehran but grew up in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from UT Austin, as a Neuroscience and Biology major with a French minor. Before joining NYU, she studied fear memory circuits in the Drew lab at UT Austin, and later joined the Taniguchi lab at the Max Planck Florida Institute to study the development and integration of chandelier cells into cortical circuits.

ellie.hozhabri@gmail.com

Publications
Steinecke A, Hozhabri E, Tapanes S, Ishino Y, Zeng H, Kamasawa N, Taniguchi H (2017). Neocortical chandelier cells developmentally shape axonal arbors through reorganization but establish subcellular synapse specificity without refinement. eNeuro, 4(3), ENEURO.0057-17.2017.

Felix Moll

Postdoctoral Trainee
Felix completed his PhD in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Andreas Nieder where he recorded from single neurons in awake, freely behaving crows (Corvus corone). In his current work, he performs 2-photon calcium imaging in singing zebra finches to dissect the network activity of large populations of HVC neurons.

felix.moll@nyumc.org

Publications
Moll FW, Nieder A (2017) Modality-invariant audio-visual association coding in crow endbrain neurons. Neurobiol Learn Mem, 137:65–76

Moll FW, Nieder A (2015) Cross-Modal Associative Mnemonic Signals in Crow Endbrain Neurons. Curr Biol, 25:2196–2201

Moll FW, Nieder A (2014) The long and the short of it: rule-based relative length discrimination in carrion crows, Corvus corone. Behav Process, 107:142–149

Abby Paulson

Staff
Abby grew up in Canada where she studied architecture (BES University of Manitoba) and fine
art (BFA University of Alberta). Previous to joining the Long lab, she was the lab manager and
technician in Dr. Mitchell Chesler’s lab for six years where she was introduced to the fascinating
study of the brain. Additionally, she has immersed herself in online courses, studying the brain,
chemistry, and genetics. In the Long lab, she is delighted to be learning all about singing mice,
zebra finches, and budgies.

Akshaya Srinidhi Vijayareka

Student Intern
Akshaya grew up in India where she earned her undergraduate degree in bioengineering from SASTRA University. She worked in a tissue engineering lab that focused on biomaterials and drug delivery. Akshaya finished her undergraduate thesis in Rajiv Ratan’s lab at Burke Neurological Institute, a research institute affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Akshaya assessed gait parameters to study locomotion and motor impairments in preclinical neurological disease models. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Biomedical engineering from NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and she has a project within the Long lab in which she uses innovative methods to track the interactive behaviors of singing mice.

Alumni

Arkarup Banerjee
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2016-2020
Faculty: Cold Spring Harbor

Sam Benezra
Graduate Student: 2010-2016
Scientist I (Biogen)

Aimee Chow
Lab Manager: 2014-2016
Administrative Assistant (NYU Langone)

Rachel Clary
Research Assistant: 2012-2014
Postdoctoral

Robert Egger
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2016-2020
Biomedical Data Scientist: ‎PathAI

Celine Joiris
Undergraduate: 2010-2012
Postdoctoral (Duke: Glickfeld lab)

Madeleine ‘Maddy’ Junkins
Lab Manager: 2016-2018
Graduate Student (Yale University, Neuroscience)

 

Kalman ‘Vigi’ Katlowitz
Graduate Student: 2014-2018
Neurosurgery residency (Baylor College of Medicine)

Georg Kosche
Graduate Student: 2012-2016
Postdoctoral (FMI: Botond Roska)

Devorah Kranz
Research Associate: 2018-2020
Graduate Student (Harvard University, Neuroscience)

Daniel Okobi
Graduate Student: 2011-2015
Neurology residency (UCLA)

Michel Picardo
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2013-2016
Faculty (INMED, Neuroscience)

Brandon Robinson
Research Assistant: 2010-2012
Graduate Student (University of Washington, Physics)

Daniela Vallentin
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2010-2016
Faculty: Max Planck Institute for Ornithology