Benjamin Adam Samuels
Ben first studied Neuroscience as an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins. In 2006, he received his Ph.D. in Neurobiology in the lab of Li-Huei Tsai at Harvard. He then moved with Dr. Tsai to MIT and remained in the lab for one year as a postdoc. One of Ben’s projects with Dr. Tsai demonstrated that Cdk5-dependent phosphorylation of the MAGUK family member CASK is important for synapse development. Ben then joined the lab of Rene Hen at Columbia as a postdoc. In 2012 Ben received a K01 award from NIMH and became a Research Scientist at the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene (RFMH). One of Ben’s studies at Columbia/RFMH demonstrated that Serotonin 1A receptors in the dentate gyrus are necessary and sufficient for the beneficial effects of fluoxetine on behavior. In September 2015 the Samuels Lab opened in the Department of Psychology at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. The lab has received funding from NIMH, NINDS, NIA, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.
Mimi Phan, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
1) on the modulatory effects of stress and environment on rodent models of neurodevelopmental disorders.
2) on auditory plasticity/stability and perceptual functions in humans, non-human primates, rodents, and songbirds across the lifespan and pathologies. Epigenetic regulation of and developmental influences on sensorimotor learning and memory. Modeling of infant vocal learning.
Zammam Saad | Lab Manager/Tech 2015-2016 PhD Student, Weill Cornell Neuroscience
Alex Garino | Psych Honors Thesis (2018), Shors Award
Sophie Shifman | Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis (2018) MD/PhD Student, Stony Brook
Taylor Anthony | Psych Honors Thesis (2019), Shors Award MD Student, Rutgers-Newark
Allyson Bazer | Psych Honors Thesis (2020), Shaw Award PhD Student, Rutgers Psychology
Debbie Ma | Honors College Thesis (2020)
Sandra Ashamalla | CBN Honors Thesis (2020)
Karina Stech | Psychology Honors Thesis (2021)
Ivana Nikodijevic | Psychology Honors Thesis (2021)