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FSU's interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience provides doctoral training in several broad areas of research excellence. Additional information about our program can be found on our Prospective Graduate Student page.

Application deadline is Dec. 1, 2020.

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Dr. Marie Holt – R Jean Banister Prize Lecturer

Dr. Holt, a postdoctoral scholar working in Dr. Linda Rinaman’s lab, has been selected as the 2019 R Jean Banister Prize Lecturer by the Physiological Society in the United Kingdom. She will give an online lecture on November 17th at 10am EST. The lecture is aimed at a broad audience (from undergraduates to professors) with an interest in physiology and will focus on the role of brainstem GLP-1 neurons in the control of stress responses and feeding behaviour. To register for the talk, copy and paste the following link into your web browser: https://www.physoc.org/events/mind-affects-matter-brainstem-circuits-linking-stress-physiology-and-behaviour/

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New Graduate Students - Fall 2020

The Program in Neuroscience is pleased to welcome our new graduate students: Michelle Crawford (Kabbaj lab), Madelyn Ebersole (Storace lab), Vanessa Garza (Johnson lab), Alicia Gonzalez (Hammock lab), Dollie Jennings (Storace lab), Chloe Johnson (Dewan lab), Patience Moseley (J Fadool lab), Meaghan Navarrete (Zhou lab), Colton Remedies (Feng lab), Morgan Shakeshaft (Vincis lab), Ellie Williams (Dewan lab), Qiying Ye (Zhang lab), and Yicheng Zheng (Wilber lab).

Congratulations Summer 2020 Graduates

Congratulations to our Summer 2020 graduates: Meghan Donovan, “The gut-brain axis and behaviors in a socially monogamous rodent species”, Calyn Maske, “Impaired Satiation in Disordered Eating”, Kristin Schoepfer, “Hippocampal-prefrontal oscillatory signaling in the rat brain: sexual dimorphisms and effects of female estrous stage”, Caroline Strong, “Neural mechanisms of alcohol intake: ketamine as a potential treatment option”, Radhika Vaidyanathan, “Oxytocin receptor in sensori-motor circuits and its association with hypothalamus activity”.

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

Congratulations to our Cell and Molecular Neuroscience graduate, Romy Aiken, B.S. Romy was accepted as a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. After completing her fellowship, Romy will be applying to international doctoral training programs to pursue research in developmental neuroscience, neuroendocrinology, and circadian biology. We wish Romy well in her future studies!

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Dr. Debi Fadool, Distinguished Research Professor

April, 2020 - Dr. Debi Fadool, Professor of Biological Sciences and Neuroscience, has been selected for a 2019-20 Distinguished Research Professor award from the FSU Council on Research and Creativity. This professorship recognizes an established professor at FSU who has attained international visibility in their unique research endeavors. Dr. Fadool and her team were among the first in the chemosensory field to characterize the detrimental effects of obesity on olfactory structure and function.

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Dr. Diana Williams, FSU Teaching Award

April, 2020 - Dr. Diana Williams, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, is the recipient of a 2019-20 FSU Innovation in Teaching Award. This highly competitive $2,000 award program recognizes faculty who are outstanding in many aspects of teaching, including the use of innovative teaching methods.

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Dr. Aaron Wilber, New Grant Award

April, 2020 – Dr. Aaron Wilber, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, has been awarded a new grant from the Florida Department of Health. This $250,000 grant award from the Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer's Disease Research Program will support Dr. Wilber’s ongoing studies of cortical-hippocampal interactions during sleep in an animal model of Alzheimer's disease. These studies aim to further our understanding of why Alzheimer's disease leads to difficulty navigating new surroundings, what brain changes may underlie getting lost, and treatment for reversing these behavioral deficits and brain dysfunction.

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Dr. Kirill Korshunov, New PhD Graduate

April 2020 - Congratulations to Dr. Kirill Korshunov, recipient of the Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience. Dr. Korshunov completed his dissertation, titled "Biophysical properties of olfactory bulb dopamine neurons”, in Dr. Paul Trombley's lab.He is currently working as a postdoc with Drs. Johnson and Hyson at FSU.

Jessica Dixon, 2020 Goldwater Scholar

March, 2020 - Cell and Molecular Neuroscience undergraduate major, Jessica Dixon, was selected as a 2020 Goldwater Scholar. The Goldwater Scholarship Foundation selects award recipients who have the potential to become tomorrow's research leaders, and provides up to $7,500 in support of the recipient's educational expenses. Jessica has co-authored a paper from her research under the direction of graduate student Danielle Benthem in Dr. Aaron Wilber's lab, and will start her senior honor's thesis in the Wilber lab in fall, 2020. Her long-term goal is to pursue a career in translational research investigating movement disorders.

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2019-20 Clara Kibler Davis Awardees

March, 2020 - The Program in Neuroscience is pleased to announce that Romy Aiken and Brianna Carney are the recipients of the 2020 Clara Kibler Davis Scholarship. This annual award honor provides a $500 scholarship to two female undergraduate Neuroscience majors who have completed at least two semesters of research. Romy has been studying the neurobiology of social attachment in Dr. Liz Hammock's lab, and Brianna has been studying the homeostatic response to stress in Dr. Linda Rinaman's lab.