Annegret Falkner awarded NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Annegret Falkner, an Assistant Professor in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, has been awarded an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. The award supports exceptionally creative early-career investigators pursuing innovative, high-impact research projects. It is one of the most competitive grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health and carries with it $1.5 million in research funding over a five-year period.

EPSP offers assistance to prospective PhD applicants

EPSP (Empowering Diversity and Supporting Scientific equity at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI)) and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute would like to help you with your PhD application to the Neuroscience program at Princeton University. We are delighted to match you with a Princeton Neuroscience Institute graduate student who would be happy to help review your application material! Amongst the resources we hope to offer are 1-on-1 mentorship and a comprehensive view of the program and its resources.

Assistant Professor Position Available at PNI

The Princeton Neuroscience Institute invites applications at the Assistant Professor level (tenure track), in all areas of neuroscience, including cellular, molecular, systems, behavioral, computational, and developmental. We encourage both theoreticians and experimentalists to apply. The Institute is highly collaborative and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

Dr. Esteban Engel Awarded Funding to Develop Novel Viral Tools

Dr. Esteban Engel, director of the PNI viral core, has been awarded funding through the NIH as part of a Center Grant entitled the Center for Neuroanatomy and Neurotrophic Viruses (CNNV), which will support the development of a large collection of novel viral tools used for neuroanatomical tracing, including herpes simple virus, pseudorabies virus, and rabies virus. The NIH Center Grant involves researchers from the  University of Pittsburgh and Thomas Jefferson University.

PNI Summer Internship Program: Eight years of making Neuroscience research more inclusive

This June, the eighth edition of the PNI Summer Internship Program opened its (virtual) doors to eleven undergraduate students for eight weeks of intensive training and research. The goal: prepare aspiring scientists for graduate school by immersing them in a top-tier research lab while conducting their own independent research project. Interns are paired with a mentor to advise them during their research, and help them to decide if, when, and where to go to graduate school.

Javier Masís named 2020 Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Javier Masís has been named a 2020 Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow, one of sixteen scholars from an array of disciplines across the university to receive the honor. Masís will join the Princeton Neuroscience Institute in the Fall of 2020. 

To the PNI Community about racial violence

Dear PNI Community,

We the Neuroscience faculty are distraught and angered by the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and the consequences of police brutality and racism more generally. The pain of these killings is exacerbated by the simultaneous and disproportionate impact of the COVID pandemic on Black people in the United States. The burden of recent events is high, and the impact of that burden on members of our departmental community is uneven.

Neuroscience Research Awards

Each year the Princeton Neuroscience Institute awards rising seniors funding to complete their senior thesis projects. The Institute has received several generous donations to fund these undergraduate research awards. Research award funding is used to purchase research materials and supplies, conference travel, and research-related travel. This year’s awards and recipients are:

Neuroscience Seniors Receive Senior Thesis Prize

Two graduating Neuroscience seniors will be awarded the Class of ’43 Brinster Neuroscience Award. This prize is presented each year to seniors for the most outstanding thesis in the field of neuroscience.

Neuroscience Class Day 2020 Ceremony

The Princeton Neuroscience Institute will be holding a virtual class day ceremony for the Class of 2020 on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 1:30 pm via Zoom.  PNI will recognize and congratulate Neuroscience concentration and certificate seniors in the great Class of 2020!

Innovative gene-delivery method for treatment of brain diseases

Esteban Engel, a researcher in viral neuroengineering and head of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute viral core, postdoctoral research associate Carola Maturana, and their colleagues have created new gene promoters to improve the delivery of large genes and enable them to remain active for long duration of time in neurons. The team is developing these promoters for use in gene therapy, to replace or improve genes that are malfunctioning.

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