Sarah Stednitz

Alumni of the Department Sensory and Sensorimotor Systems
Alumni of the Research Group Systems Neuroscience and Neuroengineering

Main Focus

As a behavioral neuroscientist, I’m interested in understanding how behavior arises from neuronal circuits. I am now working to leverage innate visual behaviors and live neuronal imaging in the zebrafish to understand how single cells in the brain act in concert to guide pre-attentive visual behaviors.

Curriculum Vitae

I received my B.S. degrees in Biology and Psychology from Southern Oregon University in 2011. I obtained my Masters in Psychology at Humboldt State University in 2014, studying the behavioral and cellular effects of L-DOPA in the lab of Ethan Gahtan. I received my PhD in 2019 from the University of Oregon in the lab of Philip Washbourne, where I engineered a novel assay for social behavior in zebrafish and identified an evolutionarily conserved population of cells required for normal social interactions. In 2019, I joined the lab of Zhaoping Li to explore visual attention and saliency using the zebrafish model system.

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