Ben Sivyer PhD

Assistant Professor

Ben completed his PhD in the laboratory of David Vaney at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), The University of Queensland, Australia. Following this, he completed postdoctoral fellowships with Stephen Williams (QBI), Gabe Murphy (HHMI Janelia Research Campus), and Rowland Taylor (OHSU Casey Eye Institute).

Michael Berry M.S.

MD/PhD Candidate

Mike completed his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley where he worked with Ehud Isacoff studying the function of light activated proteins on vision restoration. Mike is studying intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells with mouse genetic tools and multi electrode array recordings. Mike is co-mentored by Carsten Schultz.

Tavita Garrett B.s.

PhD Candidate

Tavita is a 5th year PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. In the Sivyer lab, she studies intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs). Tavita uses intersectional genetic targeting approaches and synaptic physiology to uncover the properties of specific ipRGC synapses and their target neurons. Tavita is co-mentored by Henrique von Gersdorff.


Elizabeth White B.S.

Research Assistant 2

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Biological Sciences in 2016. She has previously conducted research on muscle physiology using Drosophila melanogaster and the usage of microRNAs as therapeutic agents in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). She is now pursuing a M.S. in Biostatistics at OHSU

Alex Tomlinson B.S.

Research Assistant 2

Alex is the creator and developer of pyStim and is now studying medicine at OHSU.