Two Princeton Neuroscience Institute Postdoctoral fellows win prestigious Simons Foundation fellowships

Princeton Neuroscience Institute is continuing to prove that it harbors a nurturing environment for the academic careers of its postdoctoral fellows on their route to independence and becoming principal investigators, charting the future of neuroscience in the United States and abroad.

Two postdoctoral fellows from the Princeton Neuroscience Institute have secured prestigious fellowships from the Simons Foundation helping them to transition into the next stage of their academic careers.

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Two Assistant Professor Positions Open at PNI

The Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University invites applications at the Assistant Professor level (tenure track), in two areas: i) theoretical neuroscience; ii) human cognitive neuroscience.  In addition to other outstanding neuroscience resources at Princeton, a 248,000 square foot building houses state-of-the-art computing resources for modeling and data analysis, as well as for the full range of neuroscientific methods, including human brain imaging, cellular and circuit level imaging and recording in animal model systems, a

The manifold mind: A pair of papers from PNI used advanced mathematical tools to tease out simplicity from complex neural responses

Imagine you’re following directions to drive to a friend’s house: At the 3rd traffic light, take a right. To do this, you must keep in mind two pieces of information: your ongoing physical location — to ensure that you stay on the correct side of the road for example — and the number of traffic lights you’ve seen. How does your brain simultaneously organize and combine these two important signals for guiding your behavior?

Wiring Diagram of the Brain by Seung Lab Includes 200,000 Cells and 500 Million Synapses

MICrONS, short for Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks, is a cross-institutional project that has generated a publicly available dataset encompassing the morphology of over 200,000 cells and over 500 million synapses from a 1 cubic millimeter piece of mouse visual cortex (along with a smaller, proof-of-principle dataset). The data was collected over five years using electron microscopy to resolve the fine details of cells and their connections.

Annegret Falkner awarded the Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship in Neuroscience

Dr. Annegret Falkner, an assistant professor at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, has just been awarded the prestigious Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship in Neuroscience. The Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship aims to support high-risk, high-reward research by early career neuroscientists, funding both basic neuroscience research as well as clinical research tied to the diagnosis and/or treatment of neurological and behavioral disorders.

New research from the Cohen lab sheds light on our capacity for multitasking

Why can humans sometimes effortlessly perform multiple tasks simultaneously and sometimes not? For example, when sharing a meal with a friend you can eat, talk, listen, and even breathe all at the same time. However, if you were to try to write down your grocery list for the week while simultaneously performing complex mental arithmetic you would likely find it too challenging.

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. Neuroscience research award funding is used to purchase research materials and supplies, conference travel, and research-related travel. This year’s awards and recipients are:

Sebastian Musslick is named 2021 Schmidt Science Fellow

On June 3rd, 2021, Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust named Sebastian Musslick to its 2021 cohort of Schmidt Science Fellows. Sebastian, a graduate student in Jonathan Cohen’s lab, will receive up to two years of post-doctoral support to pursue innovative interdisciplinary research. One of the requirements to receive the award is for fellows to work in a significantly different discipline than their PhD field.

Pride at Princeton Neuroscience Institute

June is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) pride month. It happens in the United States to commemorate the Stonewall riots which occurred at the end of June 1969. Every year, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world. One of the areas where LGBT individuals have made an impact is in science. While the increased visibility of LGBT scientists in recent years has been encouraging, there have been setbacks as well.

PNI Newsletter – TEM facility

Neuroscience research has been revolutionized by technologies such as optogenetics and calcium imaging to manipulate and image neuronal activity. However, we still lack a detailed blueprint of how neural circuits connect in vivo. The only technology that allows for the imaging of neurons and their connections at resolutions high enough to view the components of synapses and cellular organelles is electron microscopy (EM).

PNI graduate students and former interns receive NSF fellowships

2021 has been a great one for the neuroscience program at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Seven current PNI and Psychology graduate students have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate fellowships and two current students got an honorary mention. Moreover, a previous intern who is currently at Stanford University was awarded an NSF fellowship. They represent the diverse research backgrounds, gender and racial diversity at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, something key to the success of PNI as an institution.

Two new studies from the Buschman lab uncover novel neural mechanisms for sensory perception and memory manipulation

In the spring of 2021, the Buschman lab published two studies. The first, “Shared mechanisms underlie the control of working memory and attention” was published in Nature in March 2021. Led by Matthew Panichello, former PNI graduate student and current post-doctoral fellow at Stanford, this study investigates how the brain manipulates objects held in memory.

Your Brain on Surprise!

Throughout our lives, we often encounter events that violate our predictions about the world, or surprises. We encounter these surprises in many facets of life, from movies to breaking news to sports. In sports, surprises may be associated with positive feelings for fans – in fact, a great deal of the attraction for committed sports fans is the surprise that comes from watching teams score.

New research from the Murthy lab takes a broad look at the fly brain

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.


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