Dan Vahaba, SfN 2017 Blogger



Dan Vahaba, SfN 2017 Blogger

Hi everyone :wave:

My name is Dan Vahaba :point_down:


Quick science bio:

  • I’m currently a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, working in the lab of Dr. Luke Remage-Healey.

  • My research explores how how baby songbirds learn to sing. In particular, I’m interested in how auditory processing develops over the critical period for vocal learning, how auditory memories are formed, and how locally synthesized brain estrogens modulate cortical sensory neurons.

  • Some research themes/areas I’m interested include:

    • Neuroethology

    • Behavioral neuroendocrinology

    • Vocal learning; animal communication

    • Neurophysiology

    • Critical peroid plasticity

  • At #sfn17, I’ll be blogging about:

    • Theme D: sensory systems, and

    • Theme F: integrative physiology & behavior

  • I’m also into science communication. This past year, I started writing quarterly for the Journal of Experimental Biology’s “Outside JEB” section.

(Potentially) fun facts about me outside of science
  • I have 2 adorable cats :cat2: Peanut & Leon:

  • I enjoy collecting Motown, soul, and funk records (esp. from Detroit), and like to DJ on occasion. Here’s one of my favorite tracks:


  • I’m also really into road biking. I recently did my first bike tour by tandem with my partner :bike:

If you see me among the masses at SfN, please say hello (I probably won’t look like a game show host there…)! I’m always eager to meet new people, especially ones I can nerd out with about brains/science.

See you in DC!



More ways to connect with me

:bird: Twitter <-- I’ll be live tweeting throughout the conference #sfn17

:brain: Neuronline

:man_student: Google Scholar

:computer: Personal Research Page

:handshake: LinkedIn

Welcome to the Neuroscience 2017 Blogs!

Hi Dan
Your research sounds very interesting. I m a PhD candidate in UNT Denton and I study behavior using brain imaging techniques.
How can I connect you at SfN?
Best regards


Hi Amrita,

If you’re able to come by my poster on Sunday afternoon we can chat more in person :slight_smile:


Are you presenting, as well?



Hi Dan

I will come by. I am presenting on Nov 12 at 8-12 session.


Details are
Abstract Title: An acute bout of aerobic exercise increases metabolism at
the prefrontal cortex as
determined by optical brain imaging data while subjects perform Stroop test
Abstract Control Number: 16519
Session Title: Decision Making and Reasoning: Value and Effort-Based
Session Number: 171
Session Time: 11/12/2017 8:00:00 AM - 11/12/2017 12:00:00 PM (All times are
in Eastern Standard
Presentation Number: 171.26
Your One-Hour Presentation Time: Sun, Nov. 12, 2017, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
(All times are in Eastern
Standard Time)
Posterboard Number: TT53 (All posters will be presented on the Poster
Floor, located in Halls A-C of
the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.)
*A. PAL1
, N. D. TAM2

1Biology(Neuroscience), UNT, DENTON, TX; 2Dept of Biol. Sci., Univ. of
North Texas, Denton, TX


Great, looking forward to it! I’ll be sure to stop your poster, as well!