We are hiring!

The Rossi lab is recruiting motivated candidates at all levels, especially postdocs and research technicians 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.

Principal Investigator

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 the 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.

Tess Kowalski

Rotation student, Neuroscience PhD program

Tess is a first year PhD student in the Rutgers Neuroscience program who graduated from Brandeis University in 2021 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. At Brandeis, she worked in Dr. Suzanne Paradis’ lab where she investigated the role of Semaphorin 4A in inhibitory synapse formation in the developing mammalian hippocampus. Tess is interested in researching neuro-developmental disorders as well as studying habit formation. When she is not in lab, she enjoys playing Quidditch (yes, it’s a real sport!).

Thaarini Swaminathan

Research Assistant

Thaarini is a 2021 Graduate from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology with Biotechnology, Genomics and Molecular Genetics and a minor in Pharmacology and Toxicology. She spends her free time taking macrophotography, playing video games, and relaxing with her puppy, Buster.

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.

Joshua Stuckey

Undergraduate Researcher

Josh is a junior majoring in Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers.

Contact us to join the team!