Meenakshi Asokan named Jane Coffin Childs Fellow
June 28, 2024

Dr. Meenakshi Asokan named Jane Coffin Childs Fellow 

PNI's Annegret Falkner recipient of the 2024 McKnight Scholar Award
June 21, 2024

PNI's Annegret Falkner is among the ten neuroscientists to receive the 2024 McKnight Scholar Award.

The McKnight Scholar Awards are granted to young scientists who are in the early stages of establishing their own independent laboratories and research careers and who have demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience. Since the award was…

Visiting officials observe Princeton’s neuroscience advances
June 7, 2024

John Ngai, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s BRAIN Initiative, and U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman visited in May with Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) researchers to discuss recent advances toward understanding the fundamental workings of the brain.

How fruit flies see love: An AI model of the male’s visual neurons during courtship
May 22, 2024

For fruit flies, love is not blind. During courtship, a male fruit fly relies on his sense of vision to pursue a female fruit fly—if she is far away, he will speed up; if she is to the left, he will turn left; if she is close, he will serenade her with a complex acoustic signal generated by vibrating his wings. But how does the visual…

Mapping brain function, safer autonomous vehicles are focus of Schmidt Transformative Technology fund
May 10, 2024

Mala Murthy and Andrew Leifer awarded funding through Princeton’s Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund to map the function of the brain’s neuronal network in unprecedented detail.

Adelaide Minerva Awarded Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowship
April 12, 2024

Adelaide Minerva has been selected to receive the Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowship for the 2024-25 academic year. This prestigious honorific fellowship reflects the Graduate School’s exceptionally high opinion of Addie's scholarship. Addie is a 5th year graduate student in the Peña and Witten Labs, using both single-nucleus RNA…

Seven PNI Graduate Students Recognized by National Science Foundation
April 11, 2024

Congratulations to PNI graduate students who have received NSF Awards and Honorable Mentions:


Iain Declan Campbell (Cohen lab)

Jovian Cheung (Falkner/Peña labs)

Yousuf El-Jayyousi (Witten/Pillow labs)

Sae Yokoyama (Falkner lab)

Iman Wahle (Engel lab)


New research distinguishes aggressive action versus motivation in the brain
April 8, 2024

Exciting new work published in Nature Neuroscience by Minakuchi and colleagues from the Falkner lab shows how separate inputs into a single brain region can independently affect aggression. Specifically, it explores the role of inputs into a part of the mouse hypothalamus …

New research sheds light on how the brain learns to control attention and flexibly adapt to new environments
Feb. 23, 2024

Our brain is bombarded with information every day. Imagine standing in Times Square in New York City, with its flood of sights, sounds, and smells. According to one estimate, we receive about 11 million bits of information per second, which is about the same amount of information needed to stream a high-definition movie. Acting in this world –…

Princeton’s world-class microscopes are making a giant impact in the realm of the minuscule
Feb. 1, 2024

Princeton scientists are peering into the smallest corners of matter using an exceptional collection of sophisticated microscopes — some so big they fill a room. These remarkable instruments have established the University as a world leader in microscopy and led to countless discoveries.

Shared Representations of Food and Social Stimuli in Mouse Dopamine Neurons
Nov. 28, 2023

New research from the Witten and Peña labs at PNI explores the possibility that food and social motivations can interact at a cellular level.Animals are motivated by a combination of external and internal factors, which together promote behaviors that…

Unraveling the mysteries of the brain with the help of a worm
Nov. 2, 2023

Research led by PNI's Andy Leifer has provided thus far the most comprehensive description of how signals flow through the brain. The findings could provide new information that helps advance our understanding of how neurons work together as interacting components to process information.