Neuroscience Graduate Group (NGG)

NGG Spotlights

Congratulations to Felicia Davatolhagh who is a recipient of the NIH Outstanding Scholars in Neuroscience Award (OSNAP)

Congratulations to the following students for their successful applications to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP) this year: Sophia Villiere (awarded), Julia Riley (awarded), Sophie Rogers (honorable mention), Ethan Blackwood (honorable mention), Maeve Coughlan (honorable mention), Rachel Herman (honorable mention), and Marissa Maroni (honorable mention). Great job to all of you, and to all of the students who applied!

NGG student Camille Testard with postdoc Sebastien Tremblay and mentor Michael Platt discuss the neuroethology of primate social behavior in Current Opinion in Neurobiology.

NGG faculty member Danielle Bassett talks with WIRED about gender and mentorship in STEM.

Congratulations to Nabil Darwich for being selected as this year’s Flexner Award winner for his thesis, “Structure and Function of a Disease Associated Tau Disaggregase”, completed under the supervision of Eddie Lee, MD, PhD. The Louis B. Flexner Award, sponsored by the Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences, is given for outstanding thesis work in the Neurosciences.

Danielle Bassett, a neuroscientist and professor of Bioengineering and Dale Zhou (Bassett’s Complex Systems Lab) were part of a interdisciplinary study, published in Nature Human Behavior that measures the various types of curiosity in 'hunters and busybodies'... Read More



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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