Principal Investigator

Jason ShepherdPrincipal Investigator
Dr. Jason Shepherd is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine, with adjunct positions in the departments of Biochemistry and Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. He joined the U in 2013 after obtaining postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. at the Johns […]
Phone: (801) 587-7854

 Postdoctoral Associates 

Cameron DayPostdoctoral Associate
 I received a B.S. in Neuroscience from Texas Christian University in 2008 where I worked in the lab of Gary Boehm, my research was focused on neuroimmune interactions in a mouse model.  I completed my PhD at UT-Southwestern Medical Center in February of 2014 in the lab of Phil Thomas.  My doctoral work centered on […]
Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Phone: 801-585-0926
Elissa PastuzynPostdoctoral Fellow
Elissa studies the synaptic basis of plasticity deficits in neurodevelopmental and autism spectrum disorders, with a current focus on Angelman syndrome. She is examining how changes in the regulation of Arc protein affects AMPA receptor trafficking in a mouse model of Angelman syndrome, utilizing both cultured neurons and whole brain tissue. Elissa Pastuzyn’s CV
Phone: 801-585-0926

Research Scientists

Graduate Students

Andrew TaibiGraduate Student
I received my B.S. in Biology from Stony Brook University in New York. I then worked for several years studying the role of early transcription factor REST/NRSF in zebrafish development through the regulation of proneural genes under Prof. Howard Sirotkin. I also was able to study the role of Churchill in early development through its […]
Title: Graduate Student
Phone: 801-585-0926
Kyle JenksNIMH F31 NRSA - Graduate Student
Using in vivo electrophysiology and two photon imaging, Kyle is dissecting the role of Arc in critical period plasticity of the mouse visual cortex, and in developmental forms of plasticity necessary to “tune” neurons to properly respond to and encode visual stimuli in adulthood.
Title: Graduate student
Phone: 801-585-0926
Rachel KearnsGraduate Student
Rachel studies novel Arc interactions and how this relates to Arc’s structure and function in plasticity.

Undergraduate Students

Visiting Students

Staff Members