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Kavli names nine fellows and three visiting scientists

April 11, 2017

The Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute, part of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, will be training future scientists and engineers through its 2017 NDI Postdoctoral Fellows program. Nine fellows have been selected to be mentored by faculty members from Johns Hopkins with distinct expertise in neuroscience, engineering, or data science.

This program was established to provide a cross-disciplinary training platform for postdoctoral fellows through the support of bold research. It aims to foster groundbreaking discoveries while equipping fellows with interdisciplinary skills and mindsets for their future careers.

Applications were reviewed by a panel of expert internal investigators, along with members of the Kavli NDI Steering Committee. The reviewers considered scientific merit, innovation, the extent to which the proposed project aligns with the Kavli NDI mission, and the potential for the work to have a transformative impact on the field of neuroscience.

The nine fellows include:

  • Simon Allard: Imaging cholinergic fiber activation
    • PI: Marshall Hussain Shuler, Department of Neuroscience
    • Co PI: Michael Miller, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Audrey Branch: Three-dimensional analysis of newborn neuron integration in aging
    • PI: Michela Gallager, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
    • Co PI: Joshua Vogelstein, Center for Imaging Science
  • Jonathan Ling: Mapping the hidden transcriptome in retinal differentiation
    • PI: Jeffrey T. Leek, Department of Biostatistics
    • Co PI: Seth Blackshaw, Department of Neuroscience
  • Manu Madhav: Stabilizing the cognitive map with real-time feedback in virtual reality to quantify the influence of optic flow
    • PI: James Knierim, The Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute
    • Co PI: Noah Cowan, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Bo Ning: Development of head-mount fiber-optic platform for two-photon imaging of freely walking animals
    • PI: Xingde Li, Department of Biomedical Engineering
    • Co PI: Dwight Bergles, Department of Neuroscience
  • Pierre Sacre: Neural correlates during human decision-making: The integration of rational reasoning and internal biases
    • PI: Sridevi Sarma, Department of Biomedical Engineering
    • Co PI: Ernst Niebur, Department of Neuroscience
  • Janaka Senarathna: NeuroSCOPE – A wireless miniature microscope for brain imaging in freely moving animals
    • PI: Arvind Pathak, Department of Radiology
    • Co PI: Nitish Thakor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Xindong Song: Chronic calcium imaging of auditory cortical neurons in awake marmosets with quiet two-photon microscopy and a scalable data workflow
    • PI: Xiaoqin Wang, Department of Biomedical Engineering
    • Co PI: Randal Burns, Department of Computer Science
  • Daniel Tward: MR micro imaging and three-dimensional histology: Integrating neuroimaging data across scales
    • PI: Michael Miller, Department of Biomedical Engineering
    • Co PI: Juan Troncoso, Department of Pathology, Division of Neuropathy

In addition to these fellows, Kavli has selected three scientists to participate in its Visiting Scientists Program, which was developed to foster global collaborations between Kavli NDI members and internationally renowned scientists.

Visiting scientists will share their expertise and stimulate interdisciplinary scientific interactions that advance our understanding of the structure and function of the brain.

The three visiting scientists and their projects include:

  • Juan Goutman (INGEBI CONICET, Universidad de Buenos Aires): Structure and function analyses of how calcium influx, endoplasmic storage, and release may contribute to synaptic function
  • Menachem Hanani (Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School): Advanced methods to determine glial cells influence on nerves, pain transmission, and sensation
  • Menno Witter (Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience/Norwegian University of Science and Technology): Development of a common representation of structural data on animal models, AD patients, and healthy humans focusing on the entorhinal-hippocampal system

The fellows and visiting scientists will be recognized at the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute Postdoctoral Award Symposium on Wednesday, April 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Mountcastle Auditorium on the School of Medicine campus.

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