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The MD/PhD Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University has approximately 26 students who are in various stages of their training. You can learn about these individual students and their research interest by selecting the link to current students on this page.

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Sam LaMagna

Sam LaMagna

PhD (3rd year)

Department: Neuroscience/Ophthalmology
Advisor: Eduardo Solessio, PhD

Research Interests

I am interested in studying the neural basis of behavior and perception. To this end I joined the Solessio lab in the summer of 2019. As a student in Dr. Solessio's lab I use a combination of genetic manipulation, operant conditioning, and signal detection theory to parse out the contributions of retinal neural pathways to our visual perception.