SOPHIE CARON, principal investigator
B.Sc. Université de Montréal
Ph.D. New York University
Post-doctoral training Columbia University
Sophie grew up in Saint-Blaise-sur-Richelieu, a small village in Québec, Canada. She studied biochemistry at the Université de Montréal and moved to New York City to pursue her graduate studies. There, she joined the laboratory of Alex Schier, first at New York University, later, at Harvard University. During her thesis, Sophie studied the developmental mechanisms behind the diversification of sensory neurons in zebrafish. For her post-doc, Sophie returned to her beloved New York, to the laboratory of Richard Axel at Columbia University. Ever since, she has been studying how the fly brain uses and stores sensory information. As of fall 2017, Sophie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah.
JINZHI LI, graduate student
B.S. University of Wisconsin - Steven's Point
I am interested in microscopy and cell biology in the context of neuroscience and developmental biology. My doctoral dissertation focuses on the structural and functional basis of multisensory integration, a fundamental neural process of the brain that combines different types of sensory information to generate a comprehensive representation of the outside world. I am using anatomical labelling techniques and functional imaging to map the neural circuits underlying multisensory integration into the drosophila mushroom body, an associative learning center that is essential for learning and memory.