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Matthew Xu-Friedman

Principal Investigator

Hails from: San Diego, CA

BS 1989, Yale University

PhD 1997, Cornell University, Carl Hopkins PI

postdoc 1997–2004. Harvard Medical School, Wade Regehr PI

Assistant Professor 2004–2010, University at Buffalo

Associate Professor 2010–2018 , University at Buffalo

Professor 2018– , University at Buffalo


Kim Nguyen

Laboratory Manager

Hails from: Westchester County, NY

BS in Pharmacology & Toxicology, BA in Psychology from UB

Project: Mouse colony management and genotyping

Hobbies: Reading, guitar, gaming


Sydney Brongo

In Limbo

Hails from: Rochester, NY

B.S. in Biological Sciences from UB

Project: Organization of sound intensity in the anteroventral cochlear nucleus 

Hobbies: watching k-dramas, reading, only here for the vibes


Alexander Gennaro

Research Assistant

Hails from: Buffalo, NY

B.S. in Neuroscience from UB

Project: Activity-dependent changes in axon initial segment of bushy cells

Hobbies: Skiing, drums, video games


Evan Forero

Research Assistant

Hails from: Long Island, NY

B.S. in Exercise Science from UB

Project: Structure of the auditory nerve projection to the cochlear nucleus

Hobbies: Running, skiing 


Jarrod Lynch

Master's Student

Hails from: Duchess County, NY

Project: Effects of sound activity on synaptic structure

Hobbies: Photography, running


Daysia Augustin

Undergraduate Student

Hails from: Rochester, NY

Project: Effects of sound activity on synaptic structure

Hobbies: Reading, tutoring, watching TV


Jessica Tong

Undergraduate Student

Hails from: Williamsville, NY 

Project: Effects of acoustic experience on protein expression

Hobbies: working out at the gym, painting, watching kdramas


Anna Braymiller

Undergraduate Student

Hails from: Boston, NY 

Project: Auditory nerve labelling using calcium imaging

Hobbies: Going on walks, watching good movies, playing Wordle 


Aniqa Yasser

Undergraduate Student

Hails from: Mount Olive, NJ

Project: Slice electrophysiology

Hobbies: Tennis, going on walks, spending time with family/friends

Previous Lab Members 

Master's Students

Sang Rok Oh, MS '09

Ariel François, MA '14

Visiting Students

Alejandro Mendoza Schulz

Katherine Luce, BA '09

Tariq Ahmed, BS '13

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