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Vivian Ha

Research Associate II


Vivian joined the Optical Physiology team of the MindScope program in July of 2021 after earning her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Physiology from the University of Washington. Her main roles at the Institute involve performing intrinsic signal imaging and in vivo 2-photon microscopy to survey physiological activity in the mouse visual cortex.

In her early days at UW, Vivian spent time in the lab of Dr. Florence Sheehan at UW Medicine’s Department of Cardiology, working with the world’s first vascular Doppler simulator. She then spent the majority of her undergraduate career in Dr. Matt Kaeberlein’s lab, studying metal dyshomeostasis in the pathophysiology of severe mitochondrial disease in mice. Her independent project focused on identifying and understanding the kinase signaling pathway that causes neurofibrillary tangles and Tau hyperphosphorylation in Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, Vivian was involved in clinical research focused on optimizing a machine learning algorithm to accurately identify laryngeal masses at the UW Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Center.

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