Neuroscience Graduate Program - Student Profile

Ryan Maloney

Student Profile

I'm a third year Neuroscience graduate student in the NSGP program. I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and pursued my undergraduate education at Brandeis University, which kindled my ongoing fascination with the nervous system. Four years later, I completed a combined BS/MS program in Neuroscience, with an additional major in biology and minors in Philosophy and French and Francophone studies. At Brandeis, I worked in the lab of Eve Marder, where I studied neuromodulation in the crustacean Stomatogastric Nervous System, a model system in central pattern generation. I am currently working on the role of intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells in brightness perception in the lab of David Berson.

Undergraduate Institution

Brandeis University

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

Research Description

Starting at the photoreceptors and continuing through cortex, the visual system splits information about the world into different anatomical channels with different response properties. I'm interested in how intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs), which faithfully encode absolute light levels, transmit information through the dLGN and to cortex and allow us to anchor our perception of how bright the world is.

Presentations and Posters

Maloney, R.T., Goeritz, M., Szabo, T., Marder, E. Localization and Effects of B-Type Allatostatin Peptides in the Stomatogastric Nervous System. Poster session presented at: Society for Neuroscience Meeting 2010 Nov. 13-17; San Diego, CA.


Szabo, T. M., Chen, R., Goeritz, M. L., Maloney, R. T., Tang, L. S., Li, L., and Marder, E. (2011). Distribution and physiological effects of B-type allatostatins (myoinhibitory peptides, MIPs) in the stomatogastric nervous system of the crab, Cancer borealis. J. Comp. Neurol.


Hobbies and Outside Interests