News & Events

September 2020 Welcome to undergraduate research assistant, Zachary Villasenor, who is joining the lab to participate in our research on Alzheimer’s disease!

July 2020 Congratulations to Judit Huerta on her fantastic research in the lab as part of the McNair Scholars Program!

June 2020 Congrats to graduate student Tia Donaldson in being selected as a fellow with the Neuroscience Scholars Program!

March 2020 Congrats to Lilliana Sanchez on receiving a T32 graduate training fellowship from NIAAA and the Alcohol Training Program in Neuroscience at the University of New Mexico! Lilliana will be investigating memory impairments in an animal model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders!


February 2020 Congrats to lab alumni Monica Goncalves-Garcia on having her graduate research on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders recognized in the state legislature! Article can be found here.

October 2019 Congrats to Laura Berkowitz on receiving the “Doctoral Conference Presentation Award” from UNM!

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August 2019 Congrats to Laura on your admission to the, “2019 Methods in Neuroscience at Dartmouth College (MIND) Computational Neuroscience Summer School”!

This years program is on “Cognitive Maps”!

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July 2019 Congratulations to Kim Rogge-Obando on a great presentation representing the Clark Lab at the McNair Scholars Summer Research Symposium!


June 2019 A Canadian Treat made its way to lab meeting – Nanaimo bars!


June 2019 Cognition, Brain and Behavior RA Appreciation BBQ!

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May 2019 Congrats to lab alumni Monica and Maggie on graduating with undergraduate Psychology degrees!


Pictured above: Monica Goncalves-Garcia

May 2019 Congratulations to Jacob Ring and Maggie Austin on completing their Psychology Honors Theses!

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Jacob received the Rachael Dowler Outstanding Honors Thesis Award!

April 2019 Congratulations to Kim who was inducted into the McNair Scholars Program!


Kimberly Rogge-Obando (far left)

March 2019 Congratulations to Maria who has received admittance into UNM’s combined BA/MD program!

March 2019 Clark Lab at New Mexico Neuroscience Day!


Pictured above: Maria Gabaldon-Parish

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Pictured above: Monica Goncalves-Garcia

February 2019 Dr. Clark visits the Biology Seminar at Northern New Mexico College! Thank you Dr. Ulises Ricoy for the invitation!


January 2019 Congratulations to Ryan in completing his comprehensive exam!

January 2019 Congratulations to Laura in completing her comprehensive exam!


January 2019 Dr. Clark chairs symposium on “Head Direction Cells and Spatial Memory” at the Park City Winter Conference on the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory!


January 2019 New 3D Printer in the Lab for Electrode Fabrication!


November 2018 SFN in San Diego, California!

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From Left to Right: Harvey, Berkowitz, Sneddon (lab alumni!), Sanchez, Clark, and Dr. Ryan Yoder

November 2018 Lilliana Sanchez at the Diversity Fellows Poster Session at the Society for Neuroscience meeting!


August 2018 Tia Donaldson joins the lab as a graduate student. Welcome Tia!

She is already busy in the lab. Here is some of her work staining amyloid plaques with Thioflavin!

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June 2018 RA Appreciation BBQ


March 2018 Clark lab attends the Alcohol and Nervous System Gordon Research Conference in Galveston Texas.


December 2017 Laura Berkowitz is awarded an Outstanding Service to the Community Award and Ryan Harvey receives an award for Publication in Highest Impact Paper  by a graduate student!

November 2017 The lab at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, DC!


November 2017 Graduate student Lilliana Sanchez at the Diversity Fellows Poster Session in Washington, DC!


November 2017 Congrats to grad student Lilliana Sanchez in receiving the Carl Storm Fellowship for her attendance at Alcohol and Nervous System 2018! 

October 2017 Head Direction Cell Birthday Cake!


September 2017 – The Clark Lab participated in an undergraduate resource fair about integrating culture into research hosted by the STEM collaborative Center!


August 2017 The Clark Lab along with Dr. Russ Morton participate in “Discover Your Science” hosted by the STEM collaborative Center.


August 2017 The lab is awarded a grant from the Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant program! Our work will investigate the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on head direction cells.


August 2017 Congrats to graduate student Lilliana Sanchez (picture left at SFN) in being selected as a fellow with the SfN Neuroscience Scholars Program!

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July 2017 Congrats to Ryan Harvey on receiving a T32 graduate training fellowship from NIAAA and the Alcohol Training Program in Neuroscience at the University of New Mexico!  Ryan will be working on better understanding the impact of prenatal alcohol on hippocampal-parahippocampal place, grid, and head direction signals.


July 2017 Jonathan Goss is hired as a Research Technician.  Jonathan will be working on our newly funded NIAAA project investigating the impact of prenatal alcohol on hippocampal-parahippocampal spatial representations. Welcome Jonathan! 

June 2017 The lab at the Research Society on Alcoholism meeting in Denver, CO!



June 2017 The lab is awarded a grant from the New Mexico IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (NM-INBRE) Program! Our work will investigate spatial disorientation in Alzheimer’s disease using high-density electrophysiological recordings and optogenetic manipulations of neural circuits!


May 2017 Congrats to B.A./B.Sc. graduates from the lab, Elizabeth Sneddon, Tanner Rigg, Emma Geck, John Madden, and Jonathan Goss!


May 2017 Undergraduate RA appreciation BBQ hosted by the lab graduate students!


May 2017 Laura Berkowitz successfully defends her Master’s thesis on a longitudinal assessment of spatial memory in the TgF344-AD rat model of Alzheimer’s disease!

April 2017 Congrats to PREP student Shannon Thompson and undergraduate research assistant Elizabeth Sneddon for accepting graduate positions at Miami University!

March 2017 Ryan Harvey and Lilliana Sanchez win awards for their presentations at UNM Psychology Research Day!

March 2017 Congratulations to graduate student Laura Berkowitz for being recognized as an Honorable Mention in the 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship program

January 2017  The lab is awarded an R21 from NIAAA investigating the consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure on spatial representations and place cell firing in the hippocampus!

Collaborators: Dr. Derek Hamilton and Dr. Dan Savage 


12/2016  Laura Berkowitz is awarded an Outstanding Service to the Community Award!


12/2016 Elizabeth Sneddon is awarded an Undergraduate Research Initiative Award!

11/2016 Ryan Harvey successfully defends his Master’s thesis on the spatial memory functions of the anterior thalamus!

11/2016 The lab at the Society for Neuroscience meeting!




10/2016 Grid Cell Birthday Cake!


September 2016 The Clark Lab at the Alzheimer’s Association “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” and Fundraiser Sponsored by Ambassador Ed Romero, Clara Apodaca, Ed Lujan, and Patricia and Rob Kurz. Special thanks to psychology students Elizabeth Sneddon and Laura Berkowitz for the fantastic job in organizing the events! And Special Thanks to Dr. Janice Knoefel from the UNM Memory & Aging Center who delivered an excellent talk on the importance of dementia research!


08/2016  Ryan Harvey, Lilliana Sanchez, and Elizabeth Sneddon are awarded travel funds from SCAP to attend the Society for Neuroscience Meeting in San Diego

08/2016  New graduate student Lilliana Sanchez joins the Lab! 

07/2016  The lab is awarded pilot project funding from the New Mexico Alcohol Research Center and NIAAA.

June 2016 The “Spatial Navigation Station” at the NeuroExpo ABQ Exhibit – New Mexico Museum of Natural History. In this event, groups of all ages learned the different types of strategies involved in spatial navigation. Specifically, students devised a scavenger hunt whereby individuals were required to find items using various strategies (taxon-navigation, path integration, route learning, dead reckoning etc.). At each stop, individuals learned of the strategy they used and were taught about neural mechanisms that may contribute to the use of such tactics.

Pictured Below from Left to Right: Valerie Warthen, Elizabeth Sneddon, Lilliana Sanchez, Laura Berkowitz, Ryan Harvey, Shannon Thompson


04/2016  Ryan Harvey is awarded a Presentation Award for his Poster at UNM Psychology Research Day!


08/2015  PREP student Shannon Thompson joins the Lab! 

08/2015  New graduate students Ryan Harvey and Laura Berkowitz join the Lab!

04/2015  The lab is awarded pilot project funding from the BRaIN Imaging Center and NIGMS.

11/2014  The lab is awarded pilot project funding from the New Mexico Alcohol Research Center and NIAAA.

08/2014  Dr. Clark attends the 1st Interdisciplinary Navigation Symposium (iNAV) in Lisbon Portugal.


08/2014  Dr. Clark joins the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico!