This week’s Journal of Neuroscience features an article by our colleague, Jennifer Morgan, at MBL. Over the winter break our first year NSGP students were at MBL for our first annual Brown-MBL NeuroPracticum and during their stay, students Saba Baskolyu, Tory McLean, Alissa Trepman worked together with Jen to create the image that is now on the journal cover! Check it out!
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Congratulations to Rayna Carter (NIH-GPP), Liz Normand (NSGP) and Shau-Ming Wei (NIH-GPP) each of whom successfully defended her PhD Thesis in April 2013. Rayna will seek a position in public policy or grants management, Liz will stay at Brown, continuing in the Zervas Lab until leaving for postdoctoral position at another institution, and Shau-Ming will remain at NIH as a postdoctoral fellow in the Berman Lab. Well done!
First year NSGP student Matthew Pescosolido is the lead author on new genetics paper aimed at discovering the extent to which distinct DSM disorders share large, highly recurrent copy number variants (CNVs) as susceptibility factors. The article appeared this week in the top impact Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). Congratulations to Matt and to his co-authors and advisor, Prof. Eric Morrow!
Congratulations to 2nd year students Eric James and Arielle Schilit, who both received the prestigious NSF Predoctoral Fellowship Award. Torrey Truszkowski, a 1st year student, received Honorable Mention. Eric, Arielle and Torrey join myriad other NSGP students who have received the NSF Fellowship and Honorable Mention.
Congratulations to second year NSGP student Eric James, who has been chosen to attend The Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics & Survival (SPINES) at MBL in Woods Hole. The program exposes attendees to neuroscience laboratory techniques, contemporary neuroscience research, ethics and survival skills (including grant writing, teaching, public speaking, and others).
The 2012-2013 first year graduate students, along with Brown and MBL faculty and course assistants, spent a week in Woods Hole for a first ever winter session neuropracticum. The session was the brain child of Professors Anne Hart and Chris Moore. Students broke into small groups and dedicated two days each to learn techniques in single channel & whole cell patch clamp recording (D Lipscombe and C Aizenman), mouse optogenetics (C Moore), lamprey immunohistochemistry (J Morgan), and C. elegans behavior & molecular biology (A Hart). One student described the week as “career-changing experience, and an excellent way to get us stoked and ready for the coming semester”. Thanks to all who participated in this amazing week!
Please join us in congratulating four students who recently defended their PhD thesis, all of whom will transition to post-doctoral fellow positions. We wish all of them the best.
Julia Najera defended her thesis on 7 December 2012. Julia worked with Elena Oancea. Julia now moves to UCSD for a post-doctoral fellowship.
Emmette Hutchison defended his thesis on 10 December 2012. Emmette, a (now former) Brown-NIH student, worked with Mark Mattson of the NIA, NIH. Emmette will soon join a lab on the main NIH campus in Bethesda to work on IPS cells.
Ashly Brown defended her thesis on 20 December 2012. Ashly worked with Mark Zervas, and she will move to Oregon Health Sciences University soon for a post-doctoral fellowship.
Avinash Pujala, of the Brown-NIH Graduate Partnership Program, defended his thesis on 14 January 2013. Avi worked with Michael O’Donovan (NINDS) and will stay for a few more months at NIH to finish studies related to his PhD work.
In Fall 2013, two new faculty will join the Department of Neuroscience and become NSGP trainers.
Karla Kaun comes from Janelia Farms, and she will continue working of molecular and neural mechanisms of how experience modifies behavior
Alexander Jaworski comes from Rockefeller University, and he will continue working on the molecular mechanisms of spinal cord axon guidance.
Congratulations to Omar Ahmed (PhD, 2010) who co-authored two papers with NSGP faculty and other neuroscientists at Brown. Omar shared first authorship with Scott Cruikshank, with several co-authors and Barry Connors as the senior author, on a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience that demonstrates thalamic control of neocortical circuits in layer 1. With Sharon Furtak, Omar and Rebecca Burwell (lab director) demonstrated hippocampal mechanisms that support visual object discrimination for linking objects to spatial locations; this paper was published in Neuron.
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Posters and Talks. Brown students and faculty will present their work each day of the meeting. Feel free to contact individual students and faculty to greet and meet members of our community.
Graduate Fair. We’ll participate in the first ever Graduate Fair at the upcoming SfN meeting. The Fair will occur Sunday, October 14th and Monday, October 15th, 12 noon – 1 pm. Come visit us in Hall E of the Convention Center.