I'm a neuroscientist trained in bioinformatics and former Science Editor for The Ubyssey. I deeply admire people who take care of themselves & others, pay attention to & question media sources, and those who listen before speaking.
I was raised to understand the self as something, then nothing, then everything. I've found resonance for these most interesting of all ideas in Advaita Vedanta, scientific materialism, cross-cultural philosophy of mind, phenomenology, nondual spirituality, and fiction of all sorts.
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I've been immersed in academic neuroscience since 2009. I'm proud of my hands-on skills (coding in R, bioinformatic differential expression analysis, cryo-sectioning, IHC), but prouder still of what my fellow scientists have taught me about how to analyze any system, from the human mind/emotions to consciousness to science itself.
Sept 2016 - April 2019
Gsponer and Pavlidis labs
Comparative genome analysis in rodent models of Parkinson's disease and spinocerebellar ataxia
June 2014 - August 2016
Digital characterization of mouse visual cortex neurons
Gouwens, N. W., et al. Classification of morphological and electrophysiological types in mouse visual cortex. Nature Neuroscience 22, pages 1182–1195 (2019)
Miller, J. et al. Neuropathological and transcriptomic characteristics of the aged brain. eLife, 6. (9 Nov 2017)
Sept 2009 - May 2014
Starting as a senior in high school, I worked in the Brenowitz lab studying the neural circuitry that controls singing in songbirds. I moved from simple behavioral characterizations to working with brain tissue to immunohistochemistry to running a full fledged experiment investigating neuronal turnover in songbirds.
Larson TA, Thatra NM, Hou, D., Hu, R. A. & Brenowitz, E. A. Seasonal changes in neuronal turnover in forebrain nucleus in adult songbirds. Journal of Comparative Neurology 527, 767-779 (2019)
Larson TA, Lent KL, Bammler TK, MacDonald JW, Wood WE, Caras ML, Thatra NM, Budzillo A, Perkel DJ, Brenowitz EA. Network analysis of microRNA and mRNA seasonal dynamics in a highly plastic sensorimotor neural circuit. BMC Genomics (6 November 2015)
Larson TA, Thatra NM, Lee B, Brenowitz EA. Reactive neurogenesis in response to naturally occurring apoptosis in an adult brain. The Journal of Neuroscience. 34(39): 13066–13076 (24 September 2014)
Larson TA, Wang TW, Gale SD, Miller KE, Thatra NM, Caras ML, Perkel DJ, Brenowitz EA. Postsynaptic neural activity regulates neuronal addition in the adult avian song control system. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. USA. 110(41) (8 October 2013)
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