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Lab Members

Diego Mendoza-Halliday, PhD

Principal Investigator

Diego Mendoza-Halliday is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also Training Faculty in the Neuroscience Institute Graduate Programs at Carnegie Mellon University, a Faculty member at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, and a Research Affiliate in the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. Previously, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Scientist in the lab of Dr. Robert Desimone at MIT, where he applied multi-electrode laminar recordings and developed optogenetic tools to investigate the neuronal mechanisms of visual feature attention, working memory, and their interaction. Dr. Mendoza-Halliday completed his PhD in Cognitive Neurophysiology at McGill University under the research mentorship of Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo.

Adam Persello

Research Tech


  • B.S. - Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh

  • M.S. Candidate - Bioengineering  University of Pittsburgh

Cameron Blakeley

Research Tech


  • B.S. - Biological Sciences  Florida State University


Join Us!

​The Mendoza-Halliday Lab is currently recruiting Postdocs, PhD Students, and Research Technicians. Details below.


The Mendoza-Halliday Lab is currently seeking candidates for one Postdoc position. Candidates must have completed a PhD in a relevant field by the start of the position. Candidates with research experience related to the lab's field of study or methods are particularly encouraged to apply. Follow the link to the advertisement on Pitt Talent Center.

To apply, send an email to Dr. Mendoza-Halliday including:

- Curriculum Vitae (with publications list)

- Brief summary of past and current research

- Brief summary of future research goals and interests

- Brief summary explaining your interest in joining the Mendoza-Halliday Lab

PhD Students

The Mendoza-Halliday Lab is currently recruiting PhD students. Email Dr. Mendoza-Halliday to discuss opportunities to join (or do a rotation in) our lab if you are currently enrolled in or were accepted into one of these programs:

Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh (CNUP) PhD Program

- PhD Program in Systems Neuroscience (PSN) at Carnegie Mellon University

- PhD Program in Neural Computation (PNC) at Carnegie Mellon University 

If you are not currently a PhD student in these programs and would like to join the lab, you will first need to apply to one of the programs above.

Research Technicians

The Mendoza-Halliday Lab is currently seeking candidates for one Research Technician position (2 years or more). The positions are ideal for candidates interested in technical research work in a Cognitive Neurophysiology lab or in gaining research experience as preparation for future PhD Program applications. Candidates with an academic degree in Neuroscience (or related fields in Biological Sciences, Medicine, or Engineering) are particularly encouraged to apply. For a more detailed description of the duties and requirements, send an email to Dr. Mendoza-Halliday. To apply, please include in your email:

- Curriculum Vitae / Resume

- Brief summary of relevant work/research experience

- Brief summary explaining your interest in joining the Mendoza-Halliday Lab

Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Carnegie Mellon University - Neuroscience Institute
Spectrolaminar motif in primate cortex

Past Mentors and Current/Recent Collaborators

Robert Desimone

Professor, MIT

Julio Martinez-Trujillo

Professor, Western University


Andre Bastos

Professor, Vanderbilt

Earl Miller

Professor, MIT

Xiao-Jing Wang

Professor, NYU

Guoping Feng

Professor, MIT

Alex Major

Research Scientist, MIT

Haoran Xu

Research Scientist, MIT


Christopher Cueva

Research Scientist, MIT

Andrii Zahorodnii

Undergraduate Student, MIT

Aniekan Umoren

PhD Student, Columbia

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