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Adriana Galvan, Ph.D.
Director, Core B: Research Services Core
Lead scientist, Project 2: Parkinsonism-Related Changes in Activity of Cortical Projection Neurons in Monkeys

Adriana GalvanAdriana Galvan received her PhD in Neurosciences from the Center of Research and Advanced Studies, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico City, Mexico. She joined the labs of Drs. Smith and Wichmann in 2000, as a post-doc fellow, to study localization and functions of GABA receptors in monkeys. In 2009 she joined the Department of Neurology as junior faculty member.  Her research focuses on understanding neural transmission in the basal ganglia, both in normal and pathological conditions, using a variety of in vivo methodologies that include extracellular electrophysiological recordings, electrical stimulation, intracerebral microinjections, microdialysis and optogenetic technique.

Benjamin Risk, Ph.D.
Co-Investigator, Core B: Research Services Core

Ben RiskBenjamin Risk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Dr. Risk received his BA in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College and his Master’s and PhD in Statistics from Cornell University. He completed his post doc in computational neuroscience at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute. He joined Emory in 2017. Dr. Risk develops statistical methods for cognitive neuroscience, brain connectivity, neuroimaging, and neurological disorders. He has developed methods for analyzing brain activation and connectivity, with an emphasis on multivariate approaches and dimension reduction. He also studies the impacts of experimental design and image acquisition on measures of brain structure and function. Additional information on Dr. Risk’s lab is available here.