UC, San Diego
Marianne earned her MS at Illinois and is now working on her PhD at UCSD in Bioengineering. Previously she received her BS in Electrical Engineering and minoring in Mathematics at the University of Missouri in 2009, where she also worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the Computational Neurobiology Center from 2008 to 2009, developing a computational model of emergent Patterns of signaling in social groups of invertebrates. Marianne’s research interests are in neuroethology, neural mechanisms of sensory integration and agent-based modeling. Currently, Marianne is currently performing experiments to develop a new understanding of relationships between sensory areas and motor areas of a model animal, and applying statistical models and principles of control theory to elucidate the dynamic ways in which sensory information are mapped to more complex representations in the nervous system. She is advised by Dr. Todd Coleman (ECE, Neuroscience) and Dr. Rhanor Gillette (MCB, Neuroscience).