Student research opportunities

Please find below some information and contacts on various research opportunities for undergraduates or 1st year graduate students interested in rotating

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If you are interested in questions about nature vs nurture and how neural activity might shape neural circuits in a developing brain, then get in touch with Daniel Barabasi.


Contact: Dániel Barabási

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This research project involves assisting with functional imaging and behavioral experiments in the context of basic social interactions between larval zebrafish.

Contact: Roy Harpaz

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How can circuits between connected nerve cells create reliable and robust short-term memory?

In this project, you can help us reconstruct the anatomy of an identified memory circuit in the brain of the larval zebrafish. 

Your results will be an important part of a large collaborative effort that addressed this fundamental question from different experimental directions.


Contact: Gregor Shuhknecht

How does the heart modulate brain function? and how does the brain modulate heart function?

Cardiac function is often correlated with psychological state. For example, during stressful events our heart rate tends to increase, while during relaxation periods our heart rate decreases. I study the neural mechanisms that mediate cardiac modulation of brain function and brain modulation of cardiac function. I have openings for Harvard undergraduate research assistants this Fall 2022, and Spring 2023. This project is ideal for Harvard rising sophomores or juniors concentrating in any biomedical field, neuroscience, physics, or biomedical engineering. If you think this project might interest you, send me an email to chat.


Contact: Luis Hernandez-Nunez


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Temporary on hold:

This research project is a collaboration between the Engert and Lichtman labs at Harvard, with a goal to produce the world’s first map of an intact vertebrate animal’s nervous system - a three-dimensional version of Google Maps, but for the brain of a larval zebrafish.

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Undergraduate positions are available for J-Term, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022.

Contact: Mariela Petkova