Kayla Maanum

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Current Program Year: Grad 1
Current Student, Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program, School of Medicine
M.D./Ph.D. Program Students, School of Medicine


Kayla received her B.A. in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She recently joined the lab of Tianyi Mao, where she plans to investigate behaviorally relevant neural circuits in the mouse insular cortex using ex vivo slice electrophysiology and in vivo cellular imaging. Her clinical interests include neurology and critical care. In her leisure time, Kayla loves scoping out the best latte in Portland and exploring the beautiful PNW.

Education and training

B.A., 2019, University of California, Berkeley

Fellowship: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, SURF Program, University of California, Berkeley, 2018

Honors and awards

Oregon Health and Science University ARCS Foundation Scholarship, 2023
Marian Diamond Award for Research and Teaching, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2019


Selected publications

El-Quessny M, Maanum K, and Feller MB. (2020). Visual experience instructs dendrite orientation but is not required for asymmetric wiring of the retinal direction selective circuit, Cell Reports, 31(13): 107844.

Waung MW, Maanum KA, Cirino TJ, Driscoll JR, O'Brien C, Bryant S, Mansourian K, Morales M, Barker DJ and Margolis EB. (2022). A diencephalic circuit in rats for opioid analgesia but not positive reinforcement, Nature Communications, 13(764).