David J. Freedman, Ph.D.
Department of Neurobiology
The University of Chicago
5812 S. Ellis Ave. MC0912, P-419
Chicago, IL 60637
Lab: (773) 834-5198

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People

David J. Freedman, Ph.D.

David J. Freedman, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Degree: Ph.D., Systems Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Neurobiology
Chair, Graduate Program in Computational Neuroscience
The University of Chicago

Member:
Graduate Program in Computational Neuroscience
Graduate Program in Neurobiology
Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology, and Human Behavior

Email: dfreedman@uchicago.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Stephanie Hoker

Stephanie Hoker

Lab Manager

Degree: B.S., Life Sciences Communication

Favorite Language: English 

More about Steph: Steph is the Lab Manager of primate related activities of the Freedman Lab. She received her B.S. in Life Sciences Communication from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2016. In her spare time, you can find her taking care of her horse and two dogs (Kobi, Chance, and Bubbles). 

Email: hoker@uchicago.edu

Kenneth Latimer, Ph.D.

Kenneth Latimer, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Degree: Ph.D., Neuroscience

Favorite Languages: Julia, MATLAB, C 

More about Kenneth: Kenneth develops and applies statistical tools to answer questions about visual processing and decision making in the primate cortex. His work primarily focuses on characterizing spike trains recorded in the lateral intraparietal (LIP) cortex and frontal eye fields (FEF) during categorization tasks. He is interested in understanding how categorical representations in these areas depend on training history. 

Email: latimerk@uchicago.edu 

Website: www.kennethlatimer.com  

Pantea Moghimi, Ph.D.

Pantea Moghimi, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Matthew James Tilley, Ph.D.

Matthew James Tilley, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Degree: Ph.D., Particle Physics

Favorite Language: Python 

More about Matthew: Matthew is interested in developing biologically inspired artificial neural networks to gain both a greater understanding of them and their biological analogues. Before joining the Lab, Matthew completed his PhD investigating decays of B mesons at CERN’s LHCb experiment.

Email: mjtilley@uchicago.edu 

Yang Zhou, Ph.D.

Yang Zhou, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Degree: Ph.D., Neuroscience

Favorite Languages: Matlab, Chinese

Email: yangz1@uchicago.edu 

W. Jeffrey Johnston

W. Jeffrey Johnston

Graduate Student

Degree: B.S., Computer Science & Cognitive Psychology 

Favorite Language: Python 

Email: wjeffreyjohnston@gmail.com  

Website: wj2.github.io 

Christopher Luong

Christopher Luong

Graduate Student
Degree: B.S., Neuroscience
Favorite language: English
Barbara Peysakhovich

Barbara Peysakhovich

Graduate Student

Degree: M.S., Behavioral Neurosciences 

Favorite Language: Estonian

Email: bpeysakhovich@uchicago.edu

Matt Rosen

Matt Rosen

Graduate Student

Degree: B.A., Computer Science

Favorite Language: Python

More about Matt: Interested in the logic of biological computations + in search of the perfect pour-over.

Email: mattrosen@uchicago.edu 

Oliver Zhu

Oliver Zhu

Graduate Student

Degree: B.S., Biochemistry

Favorite Language: Classical piano music 

More about Oliver: Oliver is interested in how neural mechanisms underlying categorization and decision making are employed and coordinated across multiple brain regions. He also dabbles in the dark arts of artificial neural networks and hopes that it will solve all the problems in his life. Whatever problems remain he hopes to solve with ramen and hamburgers. 

Email: zhuou@uchicago.edu 

Rheza Budiono

Rheza Budiono

Research Technician

Degree: B.S., Mathematics 

Favorite Language: Bahasa Indonesia 

Email: rheza@uchicago.edu 

Website: https://rhezab.readthedocs.io/ 

Jack Lundell

Jack Lundell

Research Technician

Degree: B.S., Computational and Applied Mathematics 

Favorite Language: RegEx 

More about Jack: Interested in understanding the structure of artificial neural networks to help understand how learning functions in neuronal networks. 

Email: jack.k.lundell@gmail.com 

Samuel David

Samuel David

Research Technician
Degree: B.A. candidate, Neuroscience 

Favorite Language: Poetry 

More about Sam: An original poem about recording from neurons, which also
sums up Sam’s life quite well: 

I met It 

the other day; 
 

Its face was waves 

Its voice was rain.


Email: samueldavid@uchicago.edu 
Alessandra Silva

Alessandra Silva

Research Technician

Degree: B.A., Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology

Favorite language: The call of the wild 

More about Alessandra: Alessandra is interested in quantifying animal behavior, specifically in non-human primates. She joins the Freedman Lab with a background in primate studies in wild, zoo, and sanctuary settings. Other passions include singing, dancing, and watching sunrises wherever she travels.

Email: aasilva@uchicago.edu 

Stephanie Tetrick

Stephanie Tetrick

Research Technician

Degree: B.A., Biological Sciences

Favorite Language: The coos of Stan the monkey 

Suha Chang

Suha Chang

Undergrad Researcher

Degree: B.S. candidate, Neuroscience

Favorite Language: Penguinese

Email: suchang@uchicago.edu 

Alex Medoff

Alex Medoff

Undergrad Researcher

Degree: B.S. candidate, Computer Science

Favorite Language: Jazz

Email: alexmedoff@uchicago.edu

Antony Simonoff

Antony Simonoff

Undergrad Researcher

Degree: B.S. candidate, Neuroscience

Favorite Language: Russian

More about Antony: Antony is a Neuroscience major at UChicago, and has been working in Dr. Freedman’s lab since his first quarter there. He also plays piano and is often seen performing on campus. He hopes to apply to medical schools in a few years.

Email: asimonoff@uchicago.edu

Postdoctoral and Graduate Alumni

Xinqiang Ding, Ph.D.

Xinqiang Ding, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Christopher Hauser, Ph.D.

Christopher Hauser, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Guilhelm Ibos, Ph.D.

Guilhelm Ibos, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Nicolas Masse, Ph.D.

Nicolas Masse, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Jared Clemens, Ph.D.

Jared Clemens, Ph.D.

Graduate Student
Alex Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Alex Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Graduate Student
Jillian McKee, M.D., Ph.D.

Jillian McKee, M.D., Ph.D.

Graduate Student

Degree: M.D., Ph.D., Computational Neuroscience

Lab Member: 2009 – 2014

Krithika Mohan, Ph.D.

Krithika Mohan, Ph.D.

Graduate Student

Degree: Ph.D., Computational Neuroscience

Lab Member: 2013 – 2019

Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher, Doris Tsao’s Lab, California Institute of Technology

Christopher Rishel, M.D., Ph.D.

Christopher Rishel, M.D., Ph.D.

Graduate Student

Degree: M.D., Ph.D., Computational Neuroscience

Lab Member: 2008 – 2012

Arup Sarma, M.D., Ph.D.

Arup Sarma, M.D., Ph.D.

Graduate Student

Degree: M.D., Ph.D., Computational Neuroscience

Lab Member: 2010 – 2015

Sruthi Swaminathan, Ph.D.

Sruthi Swaminathan, Ph.D.

Graduate Student

Degree: Ph.D., Neurobiology

Lab Member: 2008 – 2012

Currently: Research Specialist, Unilever Corporation

Lab Alumni

Alex Baranski Sam Barnett Chris DoCampo Jonathan “CJ” Hodnefield
Xica Felix Gregory Grant Jacob Hehir Gang Huang
Varun Iyer Rutwik Kharkar Catherine Chaihyun Lee Grace Lindsay
Steve McClellan Michelle Machon Amanda Owens Renata Poulton-Kamakura
Maimon Rose, Ph.D. Navaneethan Santhanam Adam Stevenson Patrick Stinson
Stephanie Thomas Arjun Venkataswamy Sylvia Xinyu Wei Sam Zheng