2023 Stanford Neurosciences IDP Student Retreat

October 13-15, 2023

Group Photo, October 2022 Retreat

Meetings at Stanford Hopkins Marine Station 120 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove, CA

Lodging at Borg's Ocean Front Motel, 635 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove, CA

IDP Students and Faculty - Register by September 22, 2023

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Contact: Korshid Tarin or Amanda Rashid


Ellen Gingrich, Neurosciences IDP Student

Ellen is a 6th year student in the lab of Liqun Luo. Her research focuses on molecular mechanisms underlying circuit-wide, topographic axonal target selection during the development of the extended hippocampal network and could establish one mechanism by which the brain overcomes the challenge of having relatively few cell surface proteins to specify orders of magnitude more connections.

Theanne Griffith, Ph.D.

Dr. Griffith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology, at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Griffith investigates the cellular and molecular mechanisms of underlying proprioception, our internal spatial awareness of self, and other somatosensory modalities, using an innovation combination of electrophysiology, transgenic mouse models, behavior, imaging, and molecular profiling.

Tawaun Lucas, Ph.D.

Dr. Lucas is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Genentech whose research is at the intersection of glia and immunology. He is an alum of the Neurosciences IDP and the lab of Marion Buckwalter. 

Patrick Purdon, Ph.D.

Dr. Purdon is joining Stanford as a faculty member in the Department of Anesthesia. Dr. Purdon’s research in neuroengineering encompasses the mechanisms of anesthesia, Alzheimer’s disease and brain health, anesthesia and the developing brain, neural signal processing, and the development of novel technologies for brain monitoring. 

Alan Rorie, Ph.D.

Dr. Rorie, Principal Designer at Hero Design, is is a designer, fabricator, and artist who applies his insights into how the brain makes decisions to create products that trigger unforgettable experiences. He also produces art under the name Almost Scientific. He is an alum of the Neurosciences IDP and the lab of William Newsome.

Linnie Warton, Neurosciences IDP Student

Linnie is a 5th year student in the lab of Lisa Giocomo interested in understanding the manifold of neural activity across position and velocity in 2D navigation in rodents. 


Friday, October 13

  • 3:00 pm   Hotel Check-in Available
  • 7:00 pm   Dinner for Speakers and Hosts

Saturday, October 14

  • 8:30 am    Breakfast at Hopkins
  • 9:00 am    Welcomes, Agenda, and Reminders
  • 9:10 am    Theanne Griffith: "Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Mammalian Proprioception"
  • 9:55 am    Patrick Purdon: "Dynamic Disruption: A Fundamental Mechanism of Anesthesia and A Window into Brain Resilience"
  • 10:40 am   Speaker Panel
  • 11:25 am   DEIB Activity
  • 12:05 pm   Group Photo and Lunch
  • 1:05 pm   Student Activity / Peer Awards
  • 2:05 pm  Mental Health Committee
  • 2:30 pm   Alan Rorie
  • 3:15 pm   Unstructured/Skit Preparation Time
  • 3:55 pm   BBQ Prep
  • 5:25 pm     Dinner
  • 6:45 pm    Skits and Evening Activities
  • 8:45 pm   Clean Up
  • 9:45 pm  Depart Hopkins Marine Station 

Sunday, October 15

9:30 am    Breakfast

10:00 am  Tawaun Lucas: "A Cross-species examination of Disease-associated Astrocytes in Neurodegeneration"

10:45 am  Linnie Warton: "Grid Cells: A Phase Space View”

11:15 am  Ellen Gingrich: "Repeated use of Teneurin-3 and Latrophilin-2 in circuit-wide topographic target selection of the extended hippocampal network"

11:45 pm  Student Panel

12:30 pm  Closing Remarks and Lunch

1:15 pm   Clean Up

2:00 pm   Depart Hopkins Marine Station