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David Schneider


Assistant Professor
Center for Neural Science
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Ph.D. Columbia University

B.S. North Dakota State University

Assistant Professor

Center for Neural Science

New York University

Associate Investigator

Neuroscience Institute

New York University

David received his B.S. in electrical engineering and M.S. in biomedical engineering before transitioning into biology. David then earned a Ph.D. in neurobiology and behavior in the lab of Sarah Woolley at Columbia University and pursued postdoctoral training in the lab of Richard Mooney at Duke University.

David holds a patent for his work designing intelligent pacemakers; is the recipient of several fellowships and awards including the McKnight, Sloan, Searle, and NYSCF Robertson awards; and once grew his hair shoulder-length and then got a perm.


Wenxi zhou



B.S. Peking University

WenXi is a PhD student in neuroscience at NYU. Her work in the lab focuses on discovering a locus of plasticity in the mouse cortex for learning about self-generated sounds.

Brooke Holey


B.S. UC Berkeley

Brooke is a PhD student in neuroscience at NYU. She is quantifying the nature of information flow between motor and auditory cortex during sound-generating behaviors. Brooke is the recipient of a predoctoral NRSA from the NIDCD.
Ralph is a PhD student in neuroscience at NYU and is co-advised by Dan Sanes. He is studying social-vocal interactions in a gregarious rodent species, the Mongolian gerbil.

Ralph Peterson

B.S. Northeastern University

Grant is a PhD student in neuroscience at NYU. He is studying how mice use learn to make auditory-guided behaviors that are reminiscent of music.

GRANT zempolich

B.S. Northwestern University


Nick Audette

Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon

Nick did his PhD in the lab of Allison Barth at Carnegie Mellon. In the Schneider lab, he is discovering how cortical circuits integrate sensory and motor signals to make predictions.

Karin Morandell

Ph.D. University of Geneva

Karin did her PhD in the lab of Daniel Huber at the University of Geneva. She combines behavior, imaging, and physiology to study how brain processes auditory objects during movement. Karin is the recipient of a Postdoc.Mobility fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation.


la chioma

Ph.D. MPI Munich

Alessandro did his PhD with Tobias Bonhoeffer and Mark Hubener at the MPI for Neurobiology. In the Schneider lab, he is building immersive VR environments to study how predictions change as a function of context. Alessandro is the recipient of a Leon Levy Fellowship.


JESS Guevara

B.S St. Francis College

Jess joined the lab in 2021 after graduating from St. Francis College with a degree in biology and working in the lab of Roger Clem. Jess is studying how mice use their ears to hunt live prey.



PEDRO ESTRADA - former SURP student, now at Tulane
ATHENA CAPO-BATTAGLIA - former SURP student, now at Harvard
HODA ANSARI - former research assistant, now graduate student at CSHL

MEGHA KORI - former rotation student, now in Tanya Sippy lab
former rotation student, now in Simon Peron lab
TINA VOELKER -  former rotation student, now in Simon Peron lab





We are always interested in hearing from potential postdoctoral associates who want to study neural circuits in behaving mice. Our goal is to understand how sensory, motor and learning systems within the brain interact to store memories about the past and make predictions about the future. Successful candidates will help design and execute a research program aimed at understanding how populations of synaptically connected neurons recognize and predict self-generated sounds using tools including virtual reality, 2-photon imaging, multielectrode array recordings, in vivo intracellular physiology, optogenetics and behavior.



We are always looking for motivated students who want to understand the brain in the context of behavior.
Potential students who are interested in joining the Schneider Laboratory should apply directly through the NYU Neuroscience Graduate Program website (
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