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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
Researchers studied the courtship behaviors of fruit flies to gain insight into how the brain creates “internal states” which culminate from mood, past experiences and other variables.
To learn new things, we must sometimes fail. But what's the right amount of failure? Researchers found that the "sweet spot" for learning is 85%.
The award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to neuroscience education and training.
Meet PNI Professors Mala Murthy and Joshua Shaevitz at the annual reception that brings together friends in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem with our faculty researchers.
PNI research shows that more complex perceptual decisions engage more diverse and spatially distributed computations across the cortex than simpler decisions, even when sensory stimuli and motor output are held constant.
The awards are part of the NIH Common Fund’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program, which supports investigators pursuing highly innovative, high-impact biomedical and behavioral research.