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Dr. Harris receives RO1 award from NIH

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Dr. Kristen Harris received a RO1 grant from the NIH for her project entitled ” Developmental control of synapse structure with LTP”.  This project combines electron microscopy and long-term potentiation, a synaptic mechanism of learning and memory, to investigate the normal development of synapse structure and function.

Corey White receives a postdocotral NRSA

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Corey White, a postdoctoral fellow in the Podrack Lab, received a postdoctoral NRSA for his research project entitled “Neural correlates of decision bias in anxiety”.  This project seeks to understand why individuals with high levels of anxiety are biased to process threatening information.  fMRI and computational models of decision-making will be used to investigate the […]

Poldrack Lab Nature Methods paper wins Innovation Award

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Dr. Russ Poldrack’s Nature Methods publication was awarded the Innovation Award from the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society.  The Innovation Award recognizes an article authored by a SAN member and published in a scholarly outlet that makes a contribution likely to generate the discovery of new hypotheses, new phenomena, or new ways of thinking about the discipline […]

Tammy Tran receives Rapoport-King Thesis Scholarship and Undergraduate Research Fellowship

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Tammy Tran, an undergraduate student in the Preston Lab, received the Rapaport-King Thesis Scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts.  The Rapaport-King Scholarship is awarded to Honors Program students in the College of Liberal Arts who are conducting research and writing a senior thesis.  Tammy also received an Undergraduate Research Fellowship awarded to students for […]

Dr. Ila Fiete publishes in PNAS

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Dr. Ila Fiete recently published her paper entitled “Fundamental limits on persistent activity in networks of noisy neurons” in PNAS.  The research investigates memory, diffusion and information-diffusion inequality in the brain. Y. Burak and I. R. Fiete. (2012). Fundamental limits on persistent activity in networks of noisy neurons.  PNAS Early Edition (Oct. 9).

Dr. Nishiyama receives R01 Award from NINDS

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Dr. Hiroshi Nishiyama received a R01 grant from the NINDS for his project entitled “CNS Mechanisms of developmental synapse elimination”.  This project investigates how the precision of synaptic circuitry is created in the developing mammalian brain by observing the process in the intact, live animals.

Akram Bakkor receives a National Defense Science & Engineering Fellowship

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Akram Bakkor, graduate student in the Poldrack lab, received a National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship.  This fellowship supports Akram’s research project investigating the neural mechanisms underlying how learned behaviors are changed.  Using behavioral testing, modeling and fMRI analyses on human subjects the project will shed light on why habits can be so difficult […]

Dr. Boris Zemelman receives a Human Frontiers in Science Program Grant

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Dr. Boris Zemelman is the recipient of a Human Frontiers in Science Program Grant.  This grant entitled “In vivo functional imaging and high-resolution manipulations of hippocampal memory circuits” is a collaborative project that will investigate how the brain encodes and processes spatial memory.  Dr. Zemelman will use genetic tools for activation and silencing neurons and in […]