Fellowship Programs

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.

Fellows

Paul R. Adams, Ph.D.

1937–2011

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  • Stony Brook University

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Rachel Alison Adcock, Ph.D.

Anticipating Memories: Integrative Imaging of Dopaminergic Midbrain and Hippocampus

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  • Duke University

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Ralph Adolphs, Ph.D.

Combining Lesion and Single-Unit Studies of the Human Amygdala

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  • University of Iowa

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Susanne Ahmari, M.D., Ph.D.

Visualizing the Striatal Neural Code Underlying Compulsive Behaviors

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  • University of Pittsburgh

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Carlos D. Aizenman, Ph.D.

Visual activity-driven regulation of intrinsic excitability in the developing visual system

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  • Brown University

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Myles Hugh Akabas, Ph.D.

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  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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Amber L. Alhadeff, Ph.D.

Gut signaling effects on homeostatic and reward circuits

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  • Monell Chemical Senses Center

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Benjamin R. Arenkiel, Ph.D.

Uncovering Circuits of Feeding Behavior

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  • Baylor College of Medicine

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Ghazaleh Ashrafi, Ph.D.

Molecular Mechanisms of Metabolic Flexibility in Neurotransmission

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  • Washington University in St. Louis

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John A. Assad, Ph.D.

The role of extraretinal signals in primate posterior parietal cortex

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  • Harvard University

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Leon Avery, Ph.D.

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  • University of Texas, Southwestern

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Aparna Bhaduri, Ph.D.

Understanding Regulators of Area-Specific Identity in the Developing Human Cortex

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  • University of California, Los Angeles

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Herwig Baier, Ph.D.

Behavior-genetic analysis of nervous-system excitability and adaptability

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  • University of California, San Francisco

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Matthew Banghart, Ph.D.

Striatal compartmentalization of goal-directed and habitual behavior

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  • University of California, San Diego

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Scott C. Baraban, Ph.D.

Genetic & Cellular Basis of Seizure Resistance: Studies in Zebrafish and Transgenic Mice

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  • University of California, San Francisco

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Carrolee Barlow, Ph.D.

Analysis of Diseases of the Nervous System Using Animal Models

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  • The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

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Ben A. Barres, Ph.D.

1954-2017

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  • Stanford University

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Michele A. Basso, Ph.D.

Physiological Underpinnings of Movement Disorders in Non-human Primates

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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Jayeeta Basu, Ph.D.

A Feedback Memory Circuit To Modulate Cortical Sensory Processing

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  • New York University

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Francesco Belardetti, Ph.D.

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  • University of Texas

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Nicholas Bellono, Ph.D.

Molecular mechanisms of multisensory integration

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  • Harvard University

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Yahuda Ben-Shahar, Ph.D.

Posttransciptional mRNA dependent regulation of neuronal excitability

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  • Washington University in St. Louis

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Andrés Bendesky, M.D., Ph.D.

An organismic approach to study exploratory behavior

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  • Columbia University

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Frederick Bennett, M.D.

Targeting Microglia to Treat Neurologic and Psychiatric Diseases

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  • University of Pennsylvania

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J. Nicholas Betley, PhD

Deciphering the neural circuits that mediate pain

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  • University of Pennsylvania

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James W. Bisley, Ph.D.

Neural mechanisms underlying the allocation of visual attention

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  • University of California, Los Angeles

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Seth Blackshaw, Ph.D.

The molecular basis of cell specification and regeneration in neuroendocrine hypothalamus

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  • Johns Hopkins University

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Vadim Bolshakov, Ph.D.

Synaptic mechanisms of fear-conditioning

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  • Harvard University

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Azad Bonni, Ph.D.

Neurotrophin Regulation of Cell Death in the Central Nervous System

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  • Harvard University

  • Robert H. Ebert Clinical Scholar

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Richard T. Born, Ph.D.

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  • Harvard University

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Laura N. Borodinsky, Ph.D.

Early Calcium-Dependent Neuronal Activity and its Role During Nervous System Development

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  • University of California, Davis

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Mary B. Boyle, Ph.D.

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  • University of Texas

Michael S. Brainard, Ph.D.

Neural mechanisms of experience-dependent plasticity in the song system

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  • University of California, San Francisco

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David S. Bredt, Ph.D.

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  • University of California, San Francisco

Ali Hemmati Brivanlou, Ph.D.

Molecular Aspect of Vertebrate Neural Induction

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  • The Rockefeller University

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Stephen Brohawn, Ph.D.

Molecular mechanisms of sensory transduction

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  • University of California, Berkeley

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Solange Brown, M.D., Ph.D.

Neural circuits regulating the cortical response to sensory input

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  • Johns Hopkins University

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Anne Brunet, Ph.D.

Role of the FOXO Family of Forkhead Transcription Factors in the Nervous System

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  • Stanford University

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Randy M. Bruno, Ph.D.

Domination of cortical activity by small groups of synapses

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  • Columbia University

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Margit Burmeister, Ph.D.

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  • University of Michigan

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Denise Cai, Ph.D.

Circuit dynamics of linking and separating aversive memories

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  • Mount Sinai Health System

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Nicole Calakos, Ph.D.

Synaptic Basis of OCD: Role for a Post-Synaptic Scaffold Protein

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  • Duke University

  • Robert H. Ebert Clinical Scholar

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Edward M. Callaway, Ph.D.

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  • The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

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Arthur Camerman, Ph.D.

1937–2011

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  • University of Washington

Jiangua Cang, Ph.D.

Functional Studies of Neural Circuits in the Mouse Superior Colliculus

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  • Northwestern University

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Stephen C. Cannon, Ph.D.

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  • Harvard University

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Jessica A. Cardin, Ph.D.

Distinct sources of inhibition differentially regulate cortical activity

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  • Yale University

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Adam G. Carter, Ph.D.

Dendritic Inhibition in Cortical Pyramidal Neurons

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  • New York University

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Edward R. Chang, Ph.D.

The Functional Organization of Speech Perception Encoding in Human Temporal Cortex

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  • University of California, San Francisco

Scholarship

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Lucas Cheadle, Ph.D.

Microglial Regulation of Experience-Dependent Circuit Refinement in Mouse and Human Cortex

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  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

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Hwai-Jong Cheng, Ph.D.

Mechanisms of Stereotyped Axon Pruning

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  • University of California, Davis

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Dmitri Chklovskii, Ph.D.

Potential Connectivity in Cortical Circuits

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  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

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Senyon Choe, Ph.D.

Crystal structure of ion channels

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  • The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

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Jerold J. M. Chun, Ph.D.

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  • University of California, San Diego

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Anne Churchland, Ph.D.

Population coding for multisensory decision-making

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  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

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Mark M. Churchland, Ph.D.

Electrophysiological and Pharmacological Investigation of Voluntary Reaction Time

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  • Columbia University

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Thomas R. Clandinin, Ph.D.

Genetic Approaches to Understanding the Functional Architecture of the Nervous System

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  • Stanford University

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James C. Clemens, Ph.D.

Dscam mediated control of neuronal connection specificity in Drosophila

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  • Purdue University

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Hollis Cline, Ph.D.

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  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

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Marlene Cohen, Ph.D.

Relating groups of visual neurons to perceptual decisions

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  • University of Pittsburgh

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Jeremiah Cohen, Ph.D.

Serotonin neural circuits for reward and mood

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  • Johns Hopkins University

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Andrew J. Cole, Ph.D.

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  • Harvard University

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Laura L. Colgin, Ph.D.

Uncovering the functional significance of different frequencies of gamma rhythms in the hippocampus

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  • University of Texas, Austin

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Robert C. Collins, Ph.D.

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  • University of California, Los Angeles

Daniel A. Colon-Ramos, Ph.D.

Molecular factors directing orchestrated circuit formation during the development of the thermotaxis circuit in C. elegans

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  • Yale University

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Barry Connors, Ph.D.

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  • Brown University

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Christine Constantinople, Ph.D.

Neural and hormone basis for sex-specific economic decision making

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  • New York University

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Diego Contreras, Ph.D.

Mechanisms of generation of seizures in corticothalamic networks

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  • University of Pennsylvania

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Gabriel Corfas, Ph.D.

Molecular Mechanisms of Neuronal Migration

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  • Harvard University

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Michael C. Crair, Ph.D.

Synaptic rules and mechanisms governing the development of cortical maps

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  • Baylor College of Medicine

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Peter Benjamin Crino, Ph.D.

Molecular Pathogenesis of Human Focal Cortical Dysplasia

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  • University of Pennsylvania

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Richard Daneman, Ph.D.

Understanding the Blood-Brain Barrier as a dynamic component of the Neural Circuitry

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  • University of California, San Diego

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Aniruddha Das, Ph.D.

Understanding the Intracortical Interactions that Underlie Primary Visual Cortex Neuronal Responses to Complex Visual Stimuli

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  • Columbia University

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Pramod K. Dash, Ph.D.

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  • University of Texas

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Graeme Davis, Ph.D.

Synaptic Basis of Epilepsy: A Genetic Analysis

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  • University of California, San Francisco

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Ian Davison, Ph.D.

Neural mechanisms of pheromonal imprinting

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  • Boston University

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Benjamin De Bivort, Ph.D.

Discovering engrams of individuality in Drosophila sensory circuitry

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  • Harvard University

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Angel L. DeBlas, Ph.D.

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  • University of Connecticut

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Pietro Decamilli, Ph.D.

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  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Karl Deisseroth, Ph.D.

Developing a Novel Tool for Modulating Adult Neurogenesis

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  • Stanford University

  • Robert H. Ebert Clinical Scholar

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Laura DeNardo, Ph.D.

mPFC–thalamic Circuits in the Emergence of Enduring Fearful Memories

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  • University of California, Los Angeles

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Susan A. DeReimer, Ph.D.

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  • Meharry Medical College

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Dion Dickman, Ph.D.

Genetic Mechanisms and Adaptations Driving Sleep and Synaptic Homeostatsis

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  • University of Southern California

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Jun Ding, Ph.D.

Synaptic Integration Mechanism Underlying Movement Control

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  • Stanford University

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Raymond Dingledine, Ph.D.

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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Jane Dodd, Ph.D.

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  • Columbia University

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Gul Dolen, M.D., Ph.D.

Development and validation of novel tools for dissecting the synaptic and circuit basis of social brain function

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  • Johns Hopkins University

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Daniel A. Dombeck, Ph.D.

Two-photon imaging of dendritic integration in place cells

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  • Northwestern University

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Xinzhong Dong, Ph.D.

Molecular and genetic analysis of pain-sensing neurons

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  • Johns Hopkins University

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Jeff Donlea, Ph.D.

Investigating the role of sleep in synaptic pruning

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  • University of California, Los Angeles

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Allison J. Doupe, Ph.D.

1954–2014

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  • University of California, San Francisco

Juan Du, Ph.D.

Regulation mechanism of thermosensitive receptors in nervous system

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  • Van Andel Institute

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Xin Duan, Ph.D.

Decoding Roles of Combinatorial Cadherins in Retinal Circuit Assembly

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  • University of California, San Francisco

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Kathleen Dunlap, Ph.D.

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  • Tufts University

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Felice Dunn, Ph.D.

Temporal and spatial control of photoreceptor damage to understand retinal disease

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  • University of California, San Francisco

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Monica Dus, Ph.D.

Dietary control of sugar taste perception and reward

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  • University of Michigan

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Laura B. Duvall, Ph.D.

Neuropeptide control of mosquito host-seeking behavior

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  • Columbia University

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Michael N. Economo, Ph.D.

The descending control of movement initiation by the motor cortex

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  • Boston University

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Michael D. Ehlers, Ph.D.

Molecular Regulation of NMDA Receptors

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  • Duke University

Florian Engert, Ph.D.

Mapping of receptive fields onto the spatial distribution of synapses on the dendritic tree

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  • Harvard University

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