Core Staff

Shane Heiney, PhD

NCB Core Director

Shane Heiney received his PhD in Neuroscience from Washington University in St Louis and did postdoctoral work with Javier Medina at the University of Pennsylvania and Baylor College of Medicine. His research focuses on the role of the cerebellum in skilled movements, with a particular focus on local circuit processing within the cerebellum and circuit interactions of the cerebellum with midbrain and forebrain regions. Dr. Heiney has expertise in non-human primate and rodent behavior, single unit in vivo electrophysiology, optogenetics, and various microscopy/imaging techniques.


Marisol Lauffer, MA

Core Research Professional

Marisol Lauffer received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and later received her Master's degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa while doing work in comparative cognition with Dr. Edward Wasserman. She also spent time working on human, visual perception work with Dr. Cathleen Moore. She has done behavioral work with rats, pigeons, mice, and amphibians. Her research projects have included those in behavioral economics, social reinforcement, categorization, decision-making, and developing animal analogs of human behavioral tests.