News

  • Lab awarded a 3-year Partnering-PI grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) for a collaboration with Dr. Anis Contractor at Northwestern
  • Congratulations on Cynthia's successful PhD thesis defense on April 14, 2017!

  • Satvir receives 1st prize for best poster in the undergrad student category at the UCLA Neurology Science Day (April 2017)
  • Aditi was chosen to participate in the prestigious 2017 summer research program at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in Carl Petersen's lab. (February 2017).
  • Gunvant was chosen as one of the five UCLA undergraduates to take part in the Summer 2017 UCLA Amgen Scholars Program (February 2017). 
  • Two undergraduates, Michael Le and Barbara Todisco join the lab (December 2016)
  • Anu was the recipient of a FENS, IBRO-PERC and The Brain Prize stipend  to attend the New Approaches to Imaging Neurons and Neural Circuits Brain Conference in Copenhagen (April 17-20, 2016)

  • Two undergraduates, Sheyda Mesgarzadeh and Aditi Newadkar join the lab (February – March 2016)
  • Steve Cohen is accepted to prestigious Janelia Undergraduate Scholars Program for the 2016 Summer to work with Dr. Adam Hantman (April 2016)
  • The lab is awarded a $1 million grant from the John Merck Fund (March 2016)
  • Cynthia and Will receive 1st prize for best poster in the grad student and post-doc category at the UCLA Neurology Science Day (March 2016)
  • Steve Cohen was one of the five selected UCLA undergraduate students to participate in the Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Program for 2014-2017 (November 2015).
  • Cynthia presented her work at the Janelia Farm Conference Emerging Tools for Acquisition and Interpretation of Whole-Brain Functional Data that took place on November 1-4, 2015.
  • Three UCLA undergraduate students joined the lab: Satvir Saggi, Mona Chatrizeh and Steve Hernandez (Fall 2015).
  • Cynthia was awarded a F30 individual NRSA from the NINDS (June 2015).
  • Grant Higerd receives Dean's Prize at UCLA's Science Poster Day (May 2015).
  • Erica was selected to attend the "Advanced Techniques in Molecular Neuroscience" course at CSHL; http://www.cshl.edu.
  • Cynthia was selected to attend the workshop on Autism Spectrum Disorders at CSHL.
  • The lab receives a $120,000 grant from the Cal-Brain Seed Grant Program; http://cal-brain.org/content/abstract-carlos-portera-cailliau (April 2015).

 

  • A photo from our holiday lunch in Westwood (December 2014).
  • Amaya’s paper on Layer 4 pyramidal neurons got accepted to The Journal of Neuroscience (April 2015).
  • Grant Higerd won 1st place for his poster during neurology and neurobiology science day (March 2015).
  • Also, Carlos won the Golden Test Tube award for his excellence as a teacher and mentor!
  • Carlos attended the SFARI Circuit Dynamics workshop (December 2014).

  • Amaya received Charles E. Sawyer travel award to present at 'Dendrites 2014' at FORTH in Crete, Greece (Aug 2014).
  • Grant Higerd (undergrad in the lab) was named Aademic All-American by the American Collegiate Rowing Association, and was a finalist (one of only 3!) for the 2014 UCLA Club Sports Varsity Athlete of the Year.  We are very proud.
  • Sahana Kribakaran (undergrad in the lab) was awarded a Dean’s Prize at UCLA's Science Poster Day on May 13 2014.
  • Carlos attends the Cosyne Symposium "Rogue States: Altered dynamics of neural circuit activity in brain disorders" organized by Cian O'Donell and Terry Sejnowsky at Snowbird Utah (March 2014). We snapped this photo: Terry, Carlos, Karl, Ofer, Cian, and Tim
  • Lab receives new funding: a SFARI grant with Peyman Golshani as co-investigator (start date: February 2014) and a Department of Defense grant with my Anis Contractor at Northwestern as PI (start date: summer 2014). Both are to study circuit defects in Fragile X Syndrome.
  • Amaya had her baby boy Julen on January 5 2014.
  • Portera Lab reunion at SfN in San Diego (November 2013): Carlos, Peyman, Tiago, Alberto, Ricardo (and Amaya) - Jessica, Mate, Erica, Tara

  • Two new undergrads join the lab, Annasha Vyas and Grant Higerd (September, October 2013)
  • Dr. Daniel Fiole, a new post-doc, joins the lab (September 2013)
  • Dr. Mate Marosi, a new post-doc, started in the lab (June 2013)
  • The proposal for the renewal of our R01 on fragile X research gets a score of 20 (6th percentile) (June 2013)
  • Claire Huang, a student at Diamond Bar High School, joins the lab for the summer (June 2013). In the photo below she is 3rd from the left:

  • Cynthia He (MSTP student) will join the lab in Summer 2013
  • Our R01 proposal on stroke gets score of 10 - in the 2nd percentile - (October 2012)
  • Undergraduate student Sahana Kribakaran joins the lab (September 2012)
  • Amaya Miquelajauregui is awarded a grant from NARSAD (July 2012)
  • Joyce Wondolowski finishes a brief research stint in the lab and starts a post-doc at the University of Southern California
  • Erica Arroyo is awarded a T32 pre-doctoral fellowship from the Neurobehavioral Genetics Training Grant (July 2012)
  • Lauren Wierenga joins the lab for the summer as an AMGEN Scholar (June 2012). Lauren is an undergraduate student from Kalamazooo College, MI
  • Daniel Cantu joins the lab for his PhD thesis (June 2012)
  • Erica Arroyo joins the lab for her PhD thesis (June 2012)
  • Daniel Cantu from ACCESS starts a rotation in the lab (May 2012)
  • Cynthia He's review on "The trouble with spines in fragile X syndrome" appears in Neuroscience (2012)
  • David Johnston's paper is accepted in Cerebral Cortex (April 2012)
  • David Johnston defends his thesis (March 2012)
  • Carlos is promoted to Associate Professor effective July 1 2012 (March 2012)
  • Erica Arroyo from ACCESS starts a rotation in the lab (January 2012)
  • Alberto Cruz' paper on spines in slices is published in PLoS One (2012)