Brie Wamsley

Ph.D. Student

Brie Wamsley

Contact Information

Phone: 212.263.7693
Fax: 212.263.9170

Education and Training


  • 2011-present: Ph.D. student in Neuroscience, Gordon Fishell Lab, New York University, New York, NY
  • 2007: B.S. in Neurobiology, Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY

Research and Professional Experience

  • 09/2008-09/2011: Research Support Scientist, Jane Dodd Lab, Columbia University. In Dr. Dodd’s lab, I investigated the molecular mechanisms of cell fate and connectivity of mouse dorsal spinal cord interneurons using inducible fate mapping, immunohistochemistry, and Cerebellar/Thalamic retrograde tracing to understand their contribution to developing somatosensory pathways.
  • 05/2007-08/2008:  Research Technician, Camilo Parada Lab, Downstate Medical Center SUNY. In Dr. Parada’s lab, I performed biochemical classification of HIV-1-encoded Tat and RNA Polymerase II containing protein complexes to purify and analyze the role of mammalian cellular factors that enhance HIV-1 gene expression.

Current Study

My research interests seek to uncover how the development of the nervous system is orchestrated with the aim to improve our understanding of human neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. Specifically, I seek to investigate how key genetic factors and their relationship with environmental influence, such as local cues and early activity patterns, regulate the development of cellular diversity and cell-type specific synaptic connectivity.

My current projects involve (1) examining the function of chromatin regulation and (2) the role of alternative splicing to regulate the maturation, post-natal specification, and cell-type specific connectivity of distinct interneuron subtypes.