Alexander Riordan has been named a recipient of the NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award. The national award provides six years of pre- and postdoctoral funding for outstanding neuroscience graduate students.
The award is given to outstanding graduate students from diverse backgrounds, who show potential to become successful independent investigators who will contribute significantly to the neuroscience research field.
Riordan's scientific goal is to merge mathematical theory, experiment, and methods development to understand how neural circuit architectures enable memory and cognition. In his dissertation work with David Tank and collaborating scientists, Riordan is combining imaging technologies to enable new ways to probe the relationship between neural circuit structure and the neural dynamics important for memory. Riordan and colleagues anticipate that this work will enable first-in-class tests of longstanding theories of brain function.
The six years of pre- and post-doctoral funding provided by the award will help facilitate Riordan's career development as a next-generation neuroscientist.