Neuroscience Graduate Group (NGG)

NGG Spotlights

First-year Julia Riley is first author on a paper “ALS-linked mutations impair UBQLN2 stress-induced biomolecular condensate assembly in cells” from her work in Carlos Castañeda’s lab at Syracuse University.

Leah Middleton (Abdus-Saboor Lab), Solymar Rolón (Geffen Lab), Brenna Shortal (Proekt Lab) have been awarded an NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31).

Hannah Loo is the founder of Project Short, an organization of volunteer students who offer pro-bono consulting for medical and graduate school admissions.

Claudia Lopez-Lloreda’s piece in Scientific American on racial disparities in speech recognition technology was recognized by SciShortform.

Virginia Lee and Robert Mach of the Perelman School of Medicine, and E. James Petersson of the School of Arts & Sciences discovered a method for identifying molecules that can track the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Read More

Heath Schmidt, Shoshana Aronowitz and Peggy Compton from the School of Nursing has designed and taught a new 14-week course, Opioids: From Receptors to Epidemic. This course is meant to equip students with knowledge about public health and opioid policy interventions in order to intervene in the opioid crisis. Read More 

Article: Innovative Approaches to Educating Future Clinicians about Opioids, Pain, Addiction and Health Policy


A message from the Neuroscience Graduate Group: Response to Recent Events (June 2020)

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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