Current Graduate Students

Iris Shi

Iris is a PhD candidate in applied mathematics at the University of Washington. Prior to UW, she received her bachelor and master degrees in computer science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. At UW, She is co-advised by Dr. Eric Shea-Brown (UW) and Dr. Michael Buice (Allen Institute for Brain Science). Her research interest lies broadly in the interface between computational neuroscience and machine learning. Currently she is applying goal-driven neural network models to understand calcium data from mice visual cortex. She is also using neuroscience approaches to seek properties of representations from goal-driven neural networks. Apart from brains and neural networks, she also enjoys exploring nature, music and food.

Nile Wilson

Nile Wilson is a Ph.D. candidate in Bioengineering co-advised by Rajesh Rao in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and by Jeffrey Ojemann in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Her website is

Patrick Rice

Patrick Rice is a graduate student in Psychology, advised by Dr. Andrea Stocco. Originally born in Australia, he grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. Afterwards, he worked as a research technician for two years before joining the Cognition and Cortical Dynamics Lab at UW. His research interests include learning/decision-making, cognitive control, and computational modeling of psychological processes. Currently, he is investigating neural correlates of reinforcement learning theory through application of combined EEG and transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Gabriel Obregon-Henao

Gabriel Obregon-Henao is a Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience co-advised by Elizabeth Buffalo in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics and by Jeffrey Ojemann in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Prior to the UW, he graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Escuela de Ingenieria de Antioquia and Universidad CES in Medellin, Colombia. In addition, for several years he worked as a research technician at Massachusetts General Hospital. As part of his current research, he is studying dynamic interactions between eye movements, neural oscillations, and declarative memory in human epilepsy patients performing free-viewing tasks.

Dennis Tabuena

Dennis is a PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Program, advised by William Moody in the Department of Biology. Prior to UW, he graduated from UC Merced with a BS in Bioengineering and from San Francisco State University with an MS in Physiology. In between he spent time at Gilead Sciences as a senior research associate. Dennis’ current work focuses on the role sleep plays in regulating early synchronous activity in the developing cortex of neonatal mice.