Adrienne Fairhall

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Adrienne holds a first class honors degree in theoretical physics, working with Bob Dewar in plasma physics, from ANU in Canberra, Australia and completed her PhD in physics at the Weizmann Institute, with Itamar Procaccia working on turbulence, in 1998. She moved into neuroscience research as a postdoc with Bill Bialek at NEC Research Institute in Princeton, then with Michael Berry at Princeton University. She joined the faculty of UW’s Department of Physiology and Biophysics in 2004 and became a co-director of the WRF Institute for Neuroengineering in 2014. With Eric Shea-Brown, she co-directs the Computational Neuroscience Center’s research and educational program at UW. In 2022, Adrienne was a Tocqueville-Fulbright scholar at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris.

Current lab members


Postdoctoral fellow

Collaborating with Perkel, Fee, Lois labs

John FerréJohnFerre

Physics Graduate Program

Collaborating with Buffalo and Rokem labs

David Bell

Physics Graduate Program

Collaborating with Lois lab

Scott Sterrett

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Collaborating with Gire and Smear labs

Patrick Zhang

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Collaborating with Walker and Buffalo labs

Faeze Aminmansour

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Collaborating with Svoboda lab, Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics

lab trip houselab trip firepitlab trip lake

Group trip to Lake Kachess, WA in early spring 2013. Front: Heather Barnett, Sharri Zamore, Anselm. Back: Rich Pang, Ali Weber, Phil Mardoum, Eliot, Adrienne, Alison Duffy, Sangwook Lee.



Yonathan Browning, Scientist I, Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics

Hengji Wang, Research Scientist, Meta

Elliott Abe, Neuroscience Graduate Program, U. of Oregon

Rich Pang, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, Princeton University

Tom Richner, PhD, Assistant Professor, Mayo Clinic

Kenneth Latimer, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, U. Chicago

Guillaume Lajoie, PhD, Assistant Professor, U. Montreal

Ben Lansdell, postdoctoral fellow, U. Penn

Anatoly Buchin, PhD. Allen Institute for Brain Science

Bettina Schnell, PhD. Group Leader, CAESAR, Bonn

Julijana Gjorgjieva, PhD. Junior Group Leader, Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research

Michael Schwemmer, PhD. Data scientist, Upstart

Sharri Zamore, Instructor, UC Boulder

Stefano Vrizzi, visiting student, University of Leeds

Chaoqing Wang, visiting student, Shanghai

Colleen Slentz, visiting student, Technische Universität Berlin

Richard Decal, post-baccalaureate

Heather Barnett, PhD. Resident, Rehab Medicine, University of Washington

Phil Mardoum, BSc., Neuroscience Graduate Program, U. Washington

Sangwook Lee, M.Sc., masters, U. Chicago; data scientist, ZC Consulting

Simon Sponberg, Ph.D., Assistant professor, Georgia Tech

Mike Famulare, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, Intellectual Ventures, Seattle

Sean Trettel, BSc., PhD, UT Austin; postdoctoral fellow, Brown University

Barry Wark, Ph.D., Founder, Ovation

Rebecca Mease, Ph.D. Research scientist, U. Heidelberg

Michael Farries, Ph.D., Scientist, UCSF

Brian Lundstrom, MD, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Mayo Clinic

Sungho Hong, Ph.D. Research scientist, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology