Martha Streng

Entering Class - 2012

E-MAIL: stren021@umn.edu

UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
Mount Holyoke College, B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior, 2012

GRADUATE ADVISOR
Timothy Ebner, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience

THESIS COMMITTEE MEMBERS

DESCRIPTION OF GRADUATE RESEARCH
My thesis research focuses on the neural encoding of errors in the cerebellum during complex reaching tasks.

RESEARCH CATEGORIES

  • Behavior and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Motor Control
  • Synaptic Plasticity and Learning
  • Neuroengineering

GRADUATE LEVEL AWARDS AND HONORS

  • F31 Ruth R. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, 2015
  • IGERT Innovation Grant, 2015 (Co-PI: Abbey Holt Becker)
  • Sping and Ying Ngoh Lin Award, 2015
  • NSF IGERT Systems Neuroengineering Trainee, 2013-2015
  • Stark Award for Advanced Scholarship, 2014

GRADUATE LEVEL PUBLICATIONS

  • Streng ML, Popa LS, Ebner TJ. Climbing fibers reset Purkinje cell representations of behavior. Submitted for publication.
  • Popa LS, Streng ML, Ebner TJ. (2016).The errors of our ways: Understanding error representations in cerebellar-dependent motor learning. Cerebellum 15(2); 93-103
  • Popa LS*, Streng ML*, Ebner TJ. (2015). Signaling of predictive and feedback information in purkinje cell simple spike activity. In: The Neuronal Codes of the Cerebellum.  Heck, D., Editor, Elsevier, New York, NY. 2015. * denotes co-equal first authors

GRADUATE LEVEL ABSTRACTS

  • Streng ML, Popa LS, Ebner TJ. (2015). Neural correlates of sensory prediction error in purkinje cell simple spike discharge. Poster presented at the Gordon Research Conference: Cerebellum; Lewiston, ME. August 2015
  • Streng ML, Popa LS, Ebner TJ. (2015). Manipulations of visual feedback modulate purkinje cell encoding of tasks consistent with a forward internal model. Poster presented at the Society for the Neural Control of Movement annual conference; Charleston, SC. April 2015
  • Streng ML, Popa LS, Ebner TJ. (2014). Manipulations of visual feedback modulate purkinje cell simple spike encoding of error signals during a manual random tracking task. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual conference; Washington, D.C. November 2014.
  • Streng ML, Popa LS, Ebner TJ. (2014). Manipulations of visual feedback modulate purkinje cell simple spike encoding of error signals during a manual random tracking task. Poster presented at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology annual conference; Chicago, IL. August 2014.
  • Streng ML, Popa LS, Ebner TJ. (2014). Manipulations of visual feedback modulate purkinje cell simple spike encoding of error signals during a manual random tracking task.  Poster presented at the Society for Research on the Cerebellum annual conference; Rome, Italy. July 2014.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

  • Streng ML, Popa LS, Ebner TJ. (2016) Do as I say, not as I do: Climbing fibers direct Purkinje cell representations of behavior. Oral Presentation at the Graduate Program in Neuroscience annual retreat, February 2016.
  • Streng ML, Popa LS, Ebner TJ. (2015). Manipulations of visual feedback modulate purkinje cell encoding of task performance consistent with a forward internal model. Oral presentation at Department of Neuroscience Colloquium Series, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, February, 2015.

ROTATIONS

GPN COMMITTEES

  • Admissions Committee, 2014-2016
  • Awards Committee, 2013-2015

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • Society for the Neural Control of Movement

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE UMN?
I chose the Graduate Program in Neuroscience for the diversity and caliber of faculty research, the strength of the core coursework, and the highly collaborative atmosphere.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A FIRST YEAR GRADUATE STUDENT?
Pursue at least one research rotation that is completely outside of your comfort zone.

Martha Streng