Principle Investigator

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Michelle T. Tong, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology/Neuroscience

Michelle Tong is interested in non-cellular mechanisms of long-term memory (LTM) and how they interact with neuronal ensembles. Leveraging her expertise in rodent memory protocols, the Tong Research Group focuses on the role of perineuronal nets in learning and memory.

Michelle received her PhD in behavioural and evolutionary neuroscience from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She received a B.Sc in psychology from Queen's University in Kingston, ON. Michelle is an avid reader and enjoys cooking for friends. View CV.

Undergraduate Researchers

Current

MaryClare Kelly

Chemical Engineering, 2021 (Cornell University)

Project: “Perineuronal nets are selectively expressed around learning-related neurons”

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Tynan Gacy

Neuroscience, 2020

Project: “Perineuronal nets are selectively expressed around learning-related neurons”

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Phoebe Lee

Human Biology, Health, & Society, 2021 (Cornell University)

Project: “Perineuronal nets are selectively expressed around learning-related neurons”

Starsha Davis

Neuroscience, 2021

Project: “Perineuronal nets are selectively expressed around learning-related neurons”

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Joshua Maclin

Neuroscience, 2021

Project: “Perineuronal nets are selectively expressed around learning-related neurons”

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Tyrique Richardson

Biochemistry & Psychology, 2021

Project: “Perineuronal nets are selectively expressed around learning-related neurons”

Alumni

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Khyrul Khan

Biochemistry, 2019

Project: "Perineuronal Nets expression in olfactory perceptual learning" (Supported by Indiana Academy of Sciences)

Currently: Lab technician at Brigham & Women’s Hospital

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Aishat Sadiq

Neuroscience, 2019

Project: "Perineuronal Nets mRNA expression following olfactory perceptual learning"

Currently: Research assistant at University of Georgia-Athens

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Flannery Currin

Psychology & Computer Science, 2019

Project: "Group projects that require interdependence increase cross-disciplinary perceptions of value"

Currently: PhD program at University of Iowa

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Abdusalem Awol

Biochemistry, 2019

Project: “Odor similarity decreases learning and memory of olfactory discrimination”

Currently: Research technician at Johns Hopkins

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Arish Mudra Rakshasa

Neuroscience & Biochemistry, 2019

Project: "The Effect of Social Interaction on Chronic Stress-Induced Aberrant Decision-Making in Mice" (Supported by a Psi Chi Undergraduate Research grant)

Currently: Watson Fellowship - comparative exploration of communities around HIV/AIDs in different countries

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Jerilyn Gillenwater

Neuroscience, 2020

Project: "Role of Perineuronal Nets in Reducing Memory Interference in Mice"

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Mallory Crosby

Neuroscience, 2020

Project: "Role of Perineuronal Nets in Reducing Memory Interference in Mice" (Supported by NSF No. 1559992)

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Abhay Chaudhary

Chemistry & Mathematics, 2020

Project: "Role of Perineuronal Nets in Reducing Memory Interference in Mice"

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Naomi Ongjanco

Neuroscience, 2019

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Swati Pant

Biochemistry, 2019

Currently: Lab technician at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Anthony Maggard

Neuroscience, 2018

Currently: PhD program at Brandeis University

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Kayla Trevino

Neuroscience, 2018

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Maren Schroeder

Neuroscience, 2018

Currently: Lab technician at Brigham & Women’s Hospital

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Valentina Martin

Biomedical Engineering, 2021 (University of Miami)

Project: "Role of Perineuronal Nets in Reducing Memory Interference in Mice" (Supported by NSF No. 1559992)

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Olivia Wallace

Biochemistry, 2017

Project: “Odor similarity decreases learning and memory of olfactory discrimination”

Currently: DVM at Oregon State University