Dropping knowledge in and out of the lab

MATLAB & Python coding

Our very own Peter Marston

  • I instruct new undergraduates and high school interns in our lab how to code in MATLAB or Python for data analysis. Shown above is Peter Marston, who assisted with our custom automated mouse behavior annotation software in MATLAB and is running behavior experiments.  
  • I implemented and ran an "Intro to MATLAB" workshop for new graduate students at UMD in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences program for its first 2 years. 

Training Undergraduate Electrophysiologists

Grant Z. Dong

  • I train our lab's undergraduates in the art of patch clamp electrophysiology in our brain slice preparation. Grant Dong (above) contributed valuable electrophysiology data to our 2018 Society for Neuroscience presentation (poster). 
  • I sometimes work as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate neurophysiology lab course (UMD BSCI-454), using crayfish and other invertebrate models to demonstrate physiological principles of neuroscience. 

Neurophysiology Demos


  • I occasionally barge into high school science classrooms to give brief seminars on neurophysiology (Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Prince George's County, MD), and run Backyard Brains Spikerbox demonstrations with crickets and cockroaches. 
  • The Araneda Lab hosted a Neuroscience and Physiology workshop for local high school teachers, with an emphasis on Spikerbox use and analysis of action potential data. Article here

Marine Biology Laboratory, Neurobiology Course


  • I am very fortunate to be able to assist Dr. Ricardo Araneda in the electrophysiology section of the Neurobiology Course at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA for every summer since 2014. 
  • We set up a patch clamp electrophysiology rig and teach graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and junior faculty the ins and outs of whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology and our brain slice preparation.