Brendan Hasz

Entering Class - 2013

E-MAIL: haszx010@umn.edu

UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
Brandeis University, B.S. in  Neuroscience and Computer Science, 2013

GRADUATE ADVISOR
David Redish, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience

THESIS COMMITTEE MEMBERS

DESCRIPTION OF GRADUATE RESEARCH
I study decision-making in rats. Specifically, what neural algorithms are used in striatum, hippocampus, and medial prefrontal cortex to make choices between actions which have different values, and how those multiple decision-making systems are able to give rise to a single choice. Techniques I use include multi-electrode recordings in behaving rats, computational modeling, LFP and spike train analysis, and frankly too much maze-building with LEGOs.

RESEARCH AREAS

  • Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Computational Neuroscience

GRADUATE LEVEL AWARDS AND HONORS

  • NSF  IGERT Neuroengineering Fellowship Program, 2013

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

  • Rats in a Virtual Environment.  Poster presentation at Department of Neuroscience Retreat, February 2015.
  • A Spatial Two-stage Decision Task for Rats.  Poster presentation at the Institute for Engineering in Medicine Annual Conference and Retreat, University of Minnesota, September 2015.
  • Model-based and Model-free Neural Decision Making Systems.  Presentation at Department of Neuroscience Colloquium, March 2016

ROTATIONS

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE UMN?

I chose UMN because of the diversity of neuroscience research, the IGERT neuroengineering program, and also because I was interested in the work of my advisor, David Redish.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A FIRST YEAR GRADUATE STUDENT?

If you’re working on a “long-shot” project, try to have a “probably going to work” one as well on the side.

Brendan Hasz