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  • Alvaro Duque

    Research Scientist in Neuroscience

    Dr. Duque began his training in neuroanatomy and physiology in Dr. Laszlo Zaborszky's lab at Rutgers University where he studied basal forebrain local circuits and corticopetal connections.  Having acquired a deep interest in the organization and function of the cerebral cortex, he moved to Yale to continue his training with Dr. Patricia Goldman-Rakic and later with Dr. David McCormick. When his interest turned to how environmental factors affect general brain organization, cortical circuitry and ultimately behavior, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Pasko Rakic, one of the few places in the world where access to timed pregnant monkeys in conjunction with state-of-the-art technologies is available. Dr. Duque’s familiarity with the material and concern about alternatives to animal experimentation have fueled his interest in creating, maintaining and expanding the availability of MacBrainResource to the larger neuroscience community.

  • Lynn Selemon

    Research Scientist in Neuroscience

    Over the past 35 years Dr. Selemon has engaged in neuroanatomic studies of the primate brain. As a postdoctoral associate in the Goldman-Rakic laboratory, she utilized tract tracing methodologies to delineate neural circuitry related of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Her case studies, with those of other Goldman-Rakic lab members in the 1980s, form Collection 2. In the latter years of Dr. Selemon’s tenure in the Goldman-Rakic lab, she undertook quantitative morphologic studies of human and non-human primate brains, including stereologic cell counting. Her postmortem studies of brains from schizophrenia subjects led to the hypothesis that reduced connectivity of the prefrontal cortex is a major feature of the pathology of schizophrenia. Dr. Selemon utilized these same methods for analysis of a nonhuman primate model of schizophrenia, the fetally irradiated monkey, to examine the role that disruption of prenatal brain development may play in the etiology of this disease. These cases and their associated controls comprise Collection 4. Her long term relationship with both the late Dr. Goldman-Rakic and Dr. Rakic gives her a unique appreciation for the breadth and depth of their research and its potential for future data mining. 

  • Philip Barello

    Computer Systems Manager Neuroscience

    Phil Barello is the Computer Systems Manager for the Department of Neuroscience. He received an A.A.S in Audio Engineering; an interdisciplinary B.Sc. with concentrations in Computer Science, Business Management, and Philosophy; and an M.Sc. in Computer Science, focusing on machine learning and information security. Mr Barello is involved in system development and maintenance for MacBrainResource.

  • Pasko Rakic

    Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Neurology

    Dr. Rakic has been at the forefront of research into neurodevelopment for several decades. He has received numerous prestigious awards and prizes, among them induction into the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and the inaugural (2008) Kavli Neuroscience Prize. His work has garnered over 70,000 citations (as of September 2017) and he has trained over 50 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, seven of them becoming department chairs or directors of institutes. Dr. Rakic founded the Section of Neuroanatomy (now Department of Neuroscience) at Yale in 1978. He was joined in 1979 by his wife, the late Patricia Goldman-Rakic, and together they generated the slides and EM blocks that constitute MacBrainResource. For further details, see History.

  • Yury M. Morozov

    Research Scientist

    Many years of experience in worldwide laboratories (Russia, France, Norway and Hungary) lend to expertise in the methods of scanning and transmission electron microscopy including pre- and post-embedding immunolabeling. This also let me introduce to Yale the method of three-dimensional reconstruction of large cell fragments such as neuron cell bodies or processes from serial electron micrographs.
  • Taylor Spadory

    Taylor is a sophomore at Yale University majoring in Psychology with the hope of pursuing the neuroscience track. She is currently assisting in cataloguing and restoring slides for MacBrainResource.

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  • Undergraduate Student

    Ms. Rabin-Court is a junior at Yale University majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She is currently assisting in cataloguing slides and EM blocks.