Fellows

KLINGENSTEIN-SIMONS FELLOWSHIP AWARDS IN NEUROSCIENCE

Through its collaboration with the Simons Foundation, the Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience supports early career investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The fellowship awards promote high-risk, and potentially high-reward, projects.

Aimed at advancing cutting-edge investigations, the awards are presented to highly promising, early career scientists. At this critical juncture in their careers, funding can be a challenge.

2020 Fellows

Moriel Zelikowsky, Ph.D.

Institution

  • University of Utah

Project

  • Neural circuits at the intersection of stress and aggression

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Summer Thyme, Ph.D.

Institution

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

Project

  • Targeting rare genetic disorders to treat common neuropsychiatric conditions

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Amanda Whipple, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Harvard University

Project

  • Parental influence on gene regulation in the brain

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Nicholas Steinmetz, Ph.D.

Institution

  • University of Washington

Project

  • Brain-wide distributed circuits underlying vision, attention, and action selection

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Derek Southwell, M.D., Ph.D.

Institution

  • Duke University

Project

  • Advancing the therapeutic potential of interneuron transplantation

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Qili Liu, Ph.D.

Institution

  • University of California San Francisco

Project

  • Cellular and Molecular basis of nutrient specific appetite

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Liang Liang, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Yale University

Project

  • Integration of visual information in the thalamic circuit

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James Jeanne, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Yale University

Project

  • Coordinating multiple layers of synaptic plasticity during deep learning

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Michael N. Economo, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Boston University

Project

  • The descending control of movement initiation by the motor cortex

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Laura B. Duvall, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Columbia University

Project

  • Neuropeptide control of mosquito host-seeking behavior

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Christine Constantinople, Ph.D.

Institution

  • New York University

Project

  • Neural and hormone basis for sex-specific economic decision making

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Amber L. Alhadeff, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Monell Center

Project

  • Gut signaling effects on homeostatic and reward circuits

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Ghazaleh Ashrafi, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Washington University in St. Louis

Project

  • Molecular Mechanisms of Metabolic Flexibility in Neurotransmission

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2019 Fellows

Shigeki Watanabe, PhD

Institution

  • Johns Hopkins University

Project

  • Cellular and molecular basis of short-term plasticity

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Francois St-Pierre, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Baylor College of Medicine

Project

  • Noninvasive deep-tissue all-optical electrophysiology

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Caroline A. Runyan, Ph.D.

Institution

  • University of Pittsburgh

Project

  • Communication between networks: Context, inhibition, and neuromodulation

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Lauren L. Orefice, PhD

Institution

  • Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School of California San Francisco

Project

  • Altered somatosensory processing in autism spectrum disorders: mechanisms and emerging therapeutic approaches

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Zhaozhu Qiu, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Johns Hopkins University

Project

  • Astrocyte swelling as a novel mechanism for neuron-glia communication the therapeutic potential of interneuron transplantation

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Erica Korb, Ph.D.

Institution

  • University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Project

  • The epigenetic landscape of memory

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Mazen Kheirbek, Ph.D.

Institution

  • University of California San Francisco

Project

  • Encoding and discriminating experiences in the dentate gyrus

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Aubrey Kelly, PhD

Institution

  • Emory University

Project

  • The African Spiny Mouse as a Model for Sociality

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Hiroyuki Kato, Ph.D.

Institution

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Project

  • Regulation of sensory representations by global recurrent circuitry across cortical layers

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Mark Howe, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Boston University

Project

  • Subcellular Neuromodulation of Striatum Circuits During Learning and Movement

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Elias Issa, PhD

Institution

  • Columbia University

Project

  • Imaging cortical feedback during visual face recognition and learning

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Juan Du, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Van Andel Institute

Project

  • Regulation mechanism of thermosensitive receptors in nervous system

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Nicholas Bellono, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Harvard University

Project

  • Molecular mechanisms of multisensory integration

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2018 Fellows

Hongdian Yang, Ph.D.

Institution

  • University of California, Riverside

Project

  • Neuromodulatory Regulation of Tactile Perception

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Simon Sponberg, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Georgia Institute of Technology

Project

  • Encoding and dynamics of a comprehensive spike-resolved motor program for flight

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Celine Riera, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Cedars Sinai Medical Centers

Project

  • Regulation of Systemic Homeostasis by Olfactory Sensory Perception

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Priya Rajasethupathy, M.D., Ph.D.

Institution

  • Rockefeller University

Project

  • Cognitive Flexibility in Prefrontal Microcircuits

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Joseph Parker, Ph.D.

Institution

  • California Institute of Technology

Project

  • Neural Architecture of a Social Symbiosis

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Aashish Manglik, Ph.D.

Institution

  • University of California, San Francisco

Project

  • Molecular mechanisms of neuromodulatory G protein-coupled receptor signaling

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Weizhe Hong, Ph.D.

Institution

  • University of California, Los Angeles

Project

  • Dissecting the Amygdala Circuitry Underlying Social Behavioral Decisions

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Mark Harnett, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Massachusetts Institution of Technology

Project

  • Dissecting Dendritic Contributions to Associative Cortical Computations

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Junjie Guo, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Yale University

Project

  • Mapping the neuronal RNA zipcodes

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Denise Cai, Ph.D.

Institution

  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

Project

  • Circuit dynamics of linking and separating aversive memories

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Xin Duan, Ph.D.

Institution

  • University of California, San Francisco

Project

  • Decoding Roles of Combinatorial Cadherins in Retinal Circuit Assembly

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J. Nicholas Betley, PhD

Institution

  • University of Pennsylvania

Project

  • Deciphering the neural circuits that mediate pain

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Andrés Bendesky, M.D., Ph.D.

Institution

  • Columbia University

Project

  • An organismic approach to study exploratory behavior

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