Neuroscience Graduate Group (NGG)

NGG Spotlights

Congratulations to Julie Merchant received a Trainee Professional Development Award to attend the 2023 SFN Annual Meeting!!!

Please join us in congratulating NSF GRFP award winners Mariela Lopez Valencia, Rose Horowitz, and Bormeh Faryean and honorable mentions to Serena Chen and Andrew Nguyen!!

Congratulations to Panos Fotiadis who was selected as one of the Young Scientists invited to attend the 72nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

Please join us in congratulating Mariela Lopez Valencia who was recently awarded the Ford Fellowship!

Please join us in congratulating our amazing Class of 2022 Graduates!!! 

Congratulations to Sai Chaluvadi, recipient of a 2022 Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation in recognition of excellence and creativity in biomedical research! 

Congratulations to Erin Purvis! Erin was one of three recipients selected for the Provost’s Graduate Academic Engagement Fellowship at the Netter Center.

Congratulations to the following NGG students for their successful applications to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP) this year: Misgana Ghidewon (awarded), Jessie Greenslade (awarded), Sam Lyons (awarded), Jake Parker (awarded), Liz Siefert (awarded), Sarah Applebey (honorable mention), Aaron Mcknight (honorable mention), and Adama Berndt (honorable mention). Great job to all of you, and to all of the students who applied!

Congratulations to NGG student Katie Copley for being selected as one of the recipients of the 2022 Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students!

Congratulations to China Byrns for being selected as this year’s Flexner Award winner for her thesis, “Glial Contributions to Traumatic Brain Injury”, completed under the supervision of Nancy Bonini. The Louis B. Flexner Award, sponsored by the Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences, is given for outstanding thesis work in the Neurosciences.


The NGG is a collaborative and interdisciplinary PhD program that provides training for careers in neuroscience research, teaching, and more. Our training program is designed to provide a strong foundation of neuroscientific knowledge while at the same time taking into account each student's strengths, needs, and career goals.

We place a high value on activities that promote professional development, cohesiveness within our program, and outreach to the outside community. Many of these activities are organized by our students through the Graduate-Led Initiatives and Activities (GLIA) Committee.

We also emphasize both diversity and inclusion. We embrace differences in background, age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that help define who we are. We continue to work to promote a sense of inclusion for everyone in the program via mentoring, workshops, and other mechanisms that focus on open communication.

The NGG is closely affiliated with the Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences (MINS) and the Penn Medicine Translational Neuroscience Center (PTNC).

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