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.
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.