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  • Melis Yilmaz Balban

    Melis Yilmaz Balban

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neurobiology

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests I’m interested in understanding the neurobiology of fear. In my graduate work I discovered a novel innate fear response in mice; extended freezing or fleeing into a nest in response to the visual display of an approaching object. I investigated the roles of neural circuits in the retina in driving these behaviors. For my postdoctoral work, I would like to study visual fear behaviors and neural circuitry in primate models due to their similarity to humans.