We are hiring!

The Rossi lab is recruiting motivated individuals at all levels interested in using deep brain two-photon calcium imaging and electrophysiology to study the neural basis of feeding and obesity. Please contact us for more information.

Mark A. Rossi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Mark received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2009 and his doctorate in Psychology and Neuroscience from the systems and integrative neuroscience program at Duke University in 2015 in the lab of Henry Yin where he used in vivo electrophysiology and optogenetics to study how the basal ganglia regulate motivated behavior. He completed his postdoctoral training in neurobiology with Garret Stuber at the University of North Carolina and the University of Washington in 2021 where he used deep brain two-photon calcium imaging, slice electrophysiology, and single-cell sequencing to investigate how lateral hypothalamic circuits guide feeding and obesity.

Kuldeep Shrivastava, Ph.D


Kuldeep is interested in understanding the role of subcortical circuitry in normal and pathological feeding. He received a Master’s degree in Neuroscience from Jiwaji University in India in 2013 then worked as research assistant in the Yoganarasimha Lab at National Brain Research Centre in India until 2016. He earned a doctorate from the University of Haifa in Mouna Maroun’s lab in 2021 where he investigated age-dependent effects of acute high-fat diet on plasticity in corticolimbic circuits and neuromodulatory roles of glucocorticoids and oxytocin. Kuldeep joined the Rossi lab in 2022 to study the involvement of the lateral hypothalamus and associated brain circuitry in feeding and obesity.

Jorge Luis, Ph.D


Jorge received his Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry from UNAM Mexico. He then completed his Master’s and PhD in neurobiology of appetite at CINVESTAV in the laboratory of Ranier Gutierrez where he used electrophysiology, optogenetics, and instrumental conditioning to understand how the brain controls motivation, appetitive, and consummatory behaviors. During these investigations Jorge found that brain perturbations could be perceptible, a phenomenon that they termed  optoception. Currently, Jorge is interested in identifying specific clusters of neurons related to motivation and consumption through calcium imaging. 

Vikshar Athreya

Research Assistant

Vikshar is currently a Research Technician in the lab. He earned his B.S. in General Biology from the University of Washington in 2022, along with minors in Applied Math and Chemistry. In his spare time, he likes to hike, perform stand-up comedy, and read. 

Ashley Han

Research Assistant

Ashley received a B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Science from Rutgers University-NB in 2022. She is interested in motivational circuitry to explain expected and unexpected behaviors before attending graduate school. In her free time, Ashley enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.  

Hassan Choudhry

Undergraduate Researcher

Hassan is a freshman at Rutgers majoring in Biological Sciences. In his free time, he likes to fence, spend time with his family, play video games, and watch New York Knicks basketball games. 

Alessandro Barlotta

Undergraduate Researcher

Alessandro is a freshman at Rutgers New Brunswick majoring in Biological Sciences and planning to go to medical school. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his family, cats, and dog, swim competitively, collect records, and play the drums. 

Lab Alumni 

Ashley Huezo, Master's student - currently medical student at RWJMS

Joshua Stuckey, Undergrad

Tess Kowalski, Neuroscience PhD rotation student

Thaarini Swaminathan, Research Assistant - currently graduate student at Michigan

Contact us to join the team!