Research Projects, 2012-2020

In reverse chronological order.

brainmation

Testing EEG time series data. I wrote a GitHub toolbox for making animated topomaps using MNE

Closed-loop neurofeedback training of attention with real-time EEG

Master's thesis conducted at the Section for Cognitive Systems (advisor: Professor Lars Kai Hansen and Professor Troels Wesenberg Kjaer), Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

First-authored paper: Tuckute, G., Hansen, S.T., Kjaer, Troels W., Hansen, L. K. (2019): A framework for closed-loop neurofeedback for real-time EEG decoding, bioRxiv 834713; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/834713. [Under review, NeuroImage]

Poster presented at FENS Brain Conference Dynamics of the brain: Temporal aspects of computation in Rungsted, Denmark, 9-12 June 2019: Tuckute, G., Hansen, S.T., Kjaer, T.W., Hansen, L.K.: Can we control attention with closed-loop EEG neurofeedback? Poster can be found here.

GitHub toolbox (also containing sample data and video demo): Closed-Loop Neurofeedback in EEG using Python.

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A 3D reconstruction of my very own left hemisphere (using Freesurfer)

Multiple projects within neural computations underlying language processing

Work conducted as a full-time research assistant in Ev Fedorenko's Language Lab, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June 2018 - September 2018 (and ongoing):
Poster presented at Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL) conference in Helsinki, Finland, 20-22 August 2019: Tuckute, G., Hansen, Mineroff, Z., Blank, I., Kean, H., Fedorenko, E: Temporal language areas appear necessary to wire up frontal cortex for language. Poster can be found here.

First-authored paper in prep: Tuckute, G., Mineroff, Z., Blank, I., Kean, H., Fedorenko, E. (2020): Intra-Hemispheric Temporal-Frontal Connections Appear Necessary to Wire Up Left Frontal Cortex for Language, Cortex.

GitHub toolbox: Natural language processing and lexical feature analyses.

Semantic decoding of visual stimuli using EEG

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Cross-validation of SVM model hyperparameters in a leave-one-subject-out approach
Work conducted at the Section for Cognitive Systems (advisor: Professor Lars Kai Hansen), at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), November 2017 - December 2018.
First-authored paper: Tuckute, G., Hansen, S. T., Pedersen, N., Steenstrup, D., Hansen, L. K. (2019): Single Trial Decoding of Scalp EEG Under Natural Conditions, Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience, vol. 2019, Article ID 9210785, https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/9210785.

GitHub toolbox: SVM decoding and sensitivity mapping.

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Behavioral Open Field Test

Implications of hormone dynamics and serotonin signaling in postpartum depression

Work conducted at the Neurobiology Research Unit (advisors: Professor Vibe G. Frokjaer, Dr. Agnete Overgaard), Copenhagen University Hospital, September 2017 - April 2018.
First-authored paper: Tuckute, G., Overgaard, A., Frokjaer, V. G. (2019): Chronic Paroxetine Blunts Stress Response and Normalizes Adverse Behavioral Effects Seen Acutely in Nulliparous Rats, bioRxiv 687509; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/687509.

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DAPI, and ARL13-B primary antibody in sections of embryonic hearts

Characterization of primary cilia in human embryonic hearts

Work conducted as part of my Molecular Biomedicine bachelor’s thesis in The Cilia Group (advisor: Professor Soeren T. Christensen), Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen and Laboratory of Reproductive Biology (advisor: Professor Claus Yding), Copenhagen University Hospital in January 2017 - June 2017 (additional data collection and manuscript preparation through spring 2018):
My thesis can be found here.

Co-authored paper: Grubb, S. G., Vestergaard, M. L., Koefoed, K., Mamsen, L. S., Lauridsen, K. G., Tuckute, G., Andersen, A. S., Christensen, S. T., Moellgaard, K., Calloe, K., Andersen, C. Y. (2019): Comparison of Cultured Human Cardiomyocyte Clusters Obtained from Embryos/Fetuses or Derived from Human Embryonic Stem Cells, Stem Cells and Development , http://doi.org/10.1089/scd.2018.0231.

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Vectors for molecular cloning

Interaction between SNAP-25 and synaptotagmin-1 in neuronal vesicle exocytosis

Work conducted Neuronal Signaling Lab (advisor: Professor Jakob B. Sorensen), Department of Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen, April 2016 - June 2016:

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Quantification of presynaptic proteins interacting with the PDZ domains of PSD-95

The role of PSD-95 in regulating synaptic plasticity by AMPA receptor insertion in the presynaptic membrane

Work conducted as an undergraduate researcher in the Kennedy Lab (advisors: Professor Mary B. Kennedy, Dr. Tara Mastro), Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology (CALTECH), September 2016 - December 2016.

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A Bose-Einstein condensate from a gas cloud of Rubidium atom in a magneto-optical trap at a temperature of 0.3 µ Kelvin

Bose-Einstein condensates & Quantum optics

Work conducted in late high school and for two research competitions (advisors: Professor Klaus Moelmer, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University and Dr. Jacob Broe, Aalborg Cathedral School):
One project primarily on quantum tunneling, Bose-Einstein condensates from Rubidium atoms and probability distributions of the nonrelativistic Schrödinger equation. Second project on quantum optics and sequential storage and readout of laser light in a diamond for quantum relays. My work can be found here and here.