Neuroscience Graduate Program - Student Profile

Nathaniel Snell

Student Profile

I received my B.A. in Biology from UW-Madison in 2012. After graduation, I worked in the lab of Dr. Bas Rokers at UW-Madison, where I conducted research on human visual learning and the ability to transfer improvements gained through visual training to different, untrained visual tasks. I entered the Neuroscience Graduate Program at Brown in the fall of 2013, and now work in the lab of Dr. Gilad Barnea.

Undergraduate Institution

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Research | Presentations & Posters | Publications | Accomplishments | Hobbies & Outside Interests

Research Description

Our group in the Barnea lab has recently established a novel genetically-encoded method for transsynaptic labeling and neural circuit manipulation, trans-Tango, in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. I am currently working on the refinement of trans-Tango reagents as well as the application of trans-Tango to functional imaging and behavioral assays.

Presentations and Posters


Talay M, Richman EB, Snell NJ, Hartmann GH, Fisher JD, SorkaƧ A, Santoyo JF, Chou-Freed C, Nair N, Johnson M, Szymanski JR, Barnea G. (in press) Transsynaptic mapping of second-order taste neurons in flies by trans-Tango. Neuron.

Snell N, Kattner F, Rokers B, Green CS. (2015) Orientation transfer in vernier and stereoacuity training. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0145770. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145770


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient, 2014

Hobbies and Outside Interests