Brendan Cohn-Sheehy, Graduate Student
Greetings, fellow brains! I'm Brendan, a two-thirds Santa Monican, one-third East Bayesian, totally Californian neurophile who since 2014 roughed it as a "medical student" in the UC Davis Physician Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) before joining the DML as a neuroscience graduate student in Fall 2016. After two years of encoding, consolidating, and retrieving clinical knowledge and experiences I'm eager to open my mind and peer behind the scenes at what we call episodic memory.
My interest in the brain began with wondering about a grandparent’s neurodegeneration at an early age, and my path has taken me through the labs of Jeff Bronstein at UCLA (lab helper), Art Shimamura at UC Berkeley (research assistant, lab manager, honors thesis), and the UCSF-UC Berkeley collaboration of Gil Rabinovici and Bill Jagust (staff researcher). I have been fortunate to gain experience with such fascinating topics as episodic retrieval, neurodegeneration, and the psychology of film (“psychocinematics”), and with a variety of behavioral and neuroimaging modalities (computer-based tasks, structural MRI, fMRI, amyloid-PET, FDG-PET); the rest is history.
I’m psyched to now join the DML! I intend to investigate dissociable roles of parietal regions within the posteromedial memory network via dynamic stimuli, multimodal neuroimaging, and neuromodulation, with hopeful clinical implications. Outside the lab I continue to cultivate my lifelong passions for musical exploration and creative writing.