Carlos Ponce, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Carlos is interested in how different brain regions interact to solve motion processing and visual object recognition, asking this question via a combination of electrophysiology, reversible deactivation and microstimulation techniques as well as computational modeling. He received his M.D-Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah. He is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico.

Postdoctoral Fellow

James K. Johnson

Graduate Students

Olivia Rose 

Olivia is a Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at WUSTL.  Her current research interests include utilizing novel deep learning techniques to investigate population dynamics within visual cortex, as well as designing behavioral assays to assess downstream transformations of visual representations.  Olivia received her B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University, where she fell in love with neuroscience, electrophysiology, and computational modeling.  Outside of lab, she enjoys crocheting, making homemade jam, mentoring young women in STEM, and hiking with her dog, Rusty.

Research Technician

Mary Burkemper


Katherine Mueller

Victoria Zhang

Victoria is a M.S. candidate student in Computer Science at Washington University in St. Louis and joined Ponce Lab in 2019. Her main research area is using generative adversarial networks (GANs) to maximize the activity of individual neurons in the brain, through the synthesis of artificial images, and utilizing deep learning models in both macaque brains and convolutional neural networks. Her research interests include signal and image processing, large-scale optimization, machine learning, computer vision, and statistical inference. Victoria received her B.S. in Computer Science and B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis in 2020. When not in the lab, she enjoys water-color painting, hiking and teaching her cockatiel cool tricks.

Collaborator/NHP Whisperer

Heide Schoknecht


Jeevun Kansupada