Rachel Mak-McCully

Rachel Mak-McCully graduated from Wellesley College with a double major in Neuroscience and French.  She is currently a Neurosciences PhD candidate in the laboratory of Eric Halgren at the University of California, San Diego, where she studies the thalamocortical mechanisms of human non-REM sleep using computational modeling and a variety of human recordings.

As a 2012 INSERM-OST Chateaubriand laureate, Rachel worked in the laboratory of Patrick Chauvel at Aix-Marseille Université analyzing rare recordings from patients with epilepsy who have electrodes implanted in the cortex and the thalamus.  Rachel continues to work between Dr. Halgren’s lab in San Diego and Dr. Chauvel’s lab in Marseille to further her research on understanding the role of the thalamus in human sleep.