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Graduate Student

Stephanie Miller, B.S.

Section on Critical Brain Dynamics

Laboratory of Systems Neuroscience
Building 35 Room 3A-114
35 Convent Drive
Bethesda MD 20892-3726

Lab: (301) 402-6946
Fax: (301) 480-7480

A Western Massachusetts native, I earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Mount Holyoke College. After conducting undergraduate research in theoretical physical chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for a post-baccalaureate internship at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA.  My current career path began in 2011, when, while on my Caltrain commute to NASA Ames, I found myself daydreaming about the complexity of neuroscience. I was inspired to pivot from the physical to the biological sciences, and in 2012 entered the Biophysics Graduate Program at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP).

I am currently a graduate student conducting multidisciplinary PhD research in Dr. Dietmar Plenz’s laboratory at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland. I am co-advised by Dr. Plenz and Dr. Raj Roy, a nonlinear physicist at UMCP. My research at NIH focusses on stochastic neural activity that takes the form of scale-free cascades called neuronal avalanches.  This emergent organization speaks to a robust and dynamic balance between competing forces in the brain.  My plan is to map neuronal avalanche dynamics in the neocortex using 2-photon calcium imaging, electrophysiology, and computational models.

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  • 1) Quinn, R.C., Martucci, H.F.H., Miller, S.R., Bryson, C.E., Grunthaner, F.J., and Grunthaner, P.J. (2013)
  • Perchlorate Radiolysis on Mars and the Origin of Martian Soil Reactivity
  • Astrobiology, 13, 515-520, doi:10.1089/ast.2013.0999.
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