Lab Members


Principal Investigator
Matthew Levy

After growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, I earned my bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from Georgia Tech. I spent my undergraduate years studying the effect of biomaterials on mesenchymal stromal cell adhesion, proliferation and secretion. Using this background, I am planning to attend an MD/PhD dual-degree program, where my ultimate goal is to develop therapeutics and lead clinical trials. Outside of the lab I’m usually golfing, playing with my golden retrievers, watching Tom Brady on his way to yet another ring, or frustrated by the inability of the Clippers to get their first.

Cinthia Rangel, PhD

Cinthia Rangel is a postdoctoral scientist originally from Colima, Mexico. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colima, where she developed an interest in research by studying the modulation of rat aorta vascular tone by capsaicin, TRPV1 channels and CB2 receptors. During her graduate studies at the University of Colima she applied patch-clamp electrophysiology techniques to the study of KATP channels affected by mutation of the KCNJ8 gene, and investigated their biophysical characteristics in the context of Brugada syndrome. Currently, her focus in the Hunt Laboratory is using electrophysiology to investigate the properties of human cell types, as well as investigating the circuit mechanisms of memory in the rodent hippocampus.

Yuan Zhang, PhD

Yuan Zhang received her PhD in cognitive neuroscience/psychology in 2020 from the State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Beijing Normal University. Her previous research focused on the neural circuit mechanisms underlying sensory processing functions and early experience-induced critical period plasticity of the mouse primary visual cortex. Currently, her focus in the Hunt Laboratory is using electrophysiology and optogenetics to investigate hippocampal circuit function at the systems and cellular levels that underlie adaptive learned behaviors.


Alumni Lab Members

  • Alana McNulty, 2020, Research Intern
    Position: Continuing Undergraduate at University of Colorado Boulder
  • Josh Nagra, 2020, Research Intern
    Position: Continuing Undergraduate at Claremont McKenna College

Contact the Hunt Lab

127 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90048