Our lab members 

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Dr. Murat Yildirim (PI)

Dr. Murat Yildirim holds a PhD degree from UT Austin and he received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Middle East Technical University in Turkey, all in Mechanical Engineering. He performed his postdoctoral training at Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he developed custom-made optical systems to perform large scale optical recordings and perturbations in behaving mouse brain and cerebral organoids. His current research interests are developing next generation multiphoton systems to study the structure, function, and biomechanics of the brain with various biological systems and models spanning from cerebral organoids, to small animals, to humans through their interaction with femtosecond laser pulses for the diagnosis, characterization, and treatment of specific brain disorders to positively impact human mental health. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards such as a Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) from NIBIB. He is a member of SPIE, OSA, and SfN.

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Nicole Cobb (Research Technician)

Nicole received her B.S. degree in biological sciences from Ohio University, where she researched animal behavior in swordtail fishes and gained extensive experience in animal husbandry. Her research group focused on alternative reproductive tactics, the evolution of mating preferences, animal communication, and adaptive plasticity. Her project involved variation in female mate preference and the "signal reliability" hypothesis. In July 2022, she attended the annual Animal Behavior Society research conference in Costa Rica to present a poster.

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