People

Cristin Welle, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Welle is a systems neurophysiologist with expertise in the interaction between medical devices and the nervous system . . .

Dailey Nettles

Dailey Nettles

PhD Candidate, Neuroscience

Dailey studies the role of myelin in motor cortex circuit function and monitors single-cell activity changes . . .

Sean Hansen

Sean Hansen

PhD Candidate, Bioengineering

Sean is developing new optical imaging technology for high-resolution fluorescent imaging . . .

Spencer Bowles

Spencer Bowles

PhD Candidate, Neuroscience

Spencer studies the role of cholinergic signaling in endogenous and VNS-enhanced motor learning . . .

Elise Carter

Elise Carter

Undergraduate Researcher

Elise is as BS/MS Bioengineering student developing software to automate analysis of kinematic data obtained from Vagus nerve stimulation . . .

Rongchen Huang, MS

Rongchen Huang, MS

PhD Candidate, Neuroscience

Rongchen is a doctoral candidate exploring the effects of Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) . . .

Katie Casey

Katie Casey

Undergraduate Researcher

Katie is going into her third year at the University of Colorado Denver, studying biology with a minor in biophysics.

Kimberly Gagnon

Kimberly Gagnon

PhD Candidate, Neuroscience

Kim is exploring the effect of behaviorally relevant and temporally precise neuromodulator release . . .

Anthony Chavez

Anthony Chavez

Technical Expertise

Anthony is our mouse guru who keeps our colonies in order, and helps keep us in order too!

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Blue is a 4 year old ragdoll who is about 90% fluff. When he is not pursuing his first love (lol furst love) of napping, he spends his time playing with shoelaces and training his owner to follow him into different rooms for no reason. Likes dogs, dislikes people.

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Rongchen's Cat

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Joey is a siberian husky with strong eyebrows and an even stronger personality. She loves romping in nose-deep snow and taking naps in my backpack on long hikes.

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His name is Louie. He's a sweetheart but suffers from serious anxiety. Favorite activities include tummy rubs and making muffins.

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Alumni

Xiaoyu Peng, Phd

Xiaoyu Peng obtained her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and did short postdoc trainings in Princeton University and MIT. Her project involved the use of in vivo calcium imaging and optical electrophysiology to investigate the change of neural ensembles in motor cortex during learning and diseases.

W. Ryan Williamson, PhD

Ryan Williamson developed the closed-loop automated reaching apparatus (CLARA) that the lab uses as the core of our behavioral experiments. Luckily for us, Ryan didn't move far, and now directs the IDEA Core facility here at CU. We get to work with Ryan all the time!

Kayden Washington

Kayden joined the lab for two summers during his time as an undergraduate at Northwestern and contributed data on vagus nerve connectivity and on conditioned place preference training. He's now in a postbac at the NIH. 

Jordan Hickman, MS

Jordan spent several years in the lab developing our chronic VNS surgical protocol and behavioral use of VNS during skilled motor reach learning. He's now in CU Medical Scientist Training Program and a member of the Denman Lab in the Neuroscience Program.

Dane Donegan, MS

Completed his Masters in Modern Human Anatomy in the BIOElectrics Lab, setting up optogenetics to study cholinergic systems in motor learning. Dane is currently a PhD candidate at ETH Zurich, working on motor systems and neuromodulation.

Benjamin Temple

Before coming to the BioElectrics Lab, Ben received a BA in Philosophy from Yale and worked in clinical psychiatry research at the Denver VA. He worked on vagal nerve stimulation-related projects in the lab. Ben is currently a PhD candidate at University of California, San Diego studying motor systems in the spinal cord.

Jasmine Singh, MS

Jasmine led the lab's human tissue program looking at the brain's response to implanted DBS electrodes, along with CLARITY tissue clearing for implants in mouse cortex.