How does the brain represent the external world? The prevailing view is that specific brain regions perform specialized functions, such as encoding what we see or hear, and these regions interact to produce our holistic sense of experience. Although this view is strongly supported by experimental evidence, there’s a catch: due to technological constraints, most neuroscience experiments focus on parts of the brain that are closest to the external world, not those deep within the brain, offering a skewed picture of how the whole brain represents information.
In February 2021, the Pillow lab published a new study “Extracting the dynamics of behavior in sensory decision-making experiments” in Neuron in collaboration with Ji Hyun Bak (UCSF), Athena Akrami (PNI, now UCL) and C
PNI graduate students Rolando Masis-Obando and Sade Abiodun have created a video in support of our virtual grad recruiting week. Please enjoy.
Paula Brooks and Rolando Masís-Obando have both received the NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award for their graduate work in Kenneth Norman’s Computational Memory Lab. According to Ken, “these awards are a testament to Paula and Rolando's amazing accomplishments thus far, and to their potential to do world-changing science going forward”.
In October 2020, the Pillow lab published their study “Prefrontal cortex exhibits multidimensional dynamic encoding during decision-making” in Nature Neuroscience in collaboration with Valerio Mante (ETH Zurich).
The PNI Viral Core Facility serves the neuroscience community by developing custom-made tools that can help researchers better understand the nervous system. Over the past few years, the viral core has expanded from offering six services and several serotypes of adeno-associated virus (AAV) to offering 13 services and 21 serotypes. Although most orders that the core receives are for AAV, the viral core also produces retrovirus, pseudorabies, rabies and herpes simplex viruses depending on the needs of the researcher.
PNI’s “Empowering diversity and promoting scientific equity at PNI” (EPSP) has been awarded the 2020 BiasWatchNeuro Award for Equity and Inclusivity. EPSP was established by two graduate students, Bri Carvajal and Ken Igarza.
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 (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.
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, 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.