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Neurobiology Department

The Department of Neurobiology is a vibrant collection of faculty and research labs dedicated to investigating development and nervous system function in health and disease. Research areas include the molecular, cellular and circuit analysis of neuronal communication and behavior, the role of gene regulation and epigenetics in development and nervous system function, and mechanisms of disease.

We are committed to graduate and postdoctoral training, emphasizing research excellence and professional development. We also also boast a strong tradition of leadership in health sciences education and scholarship. The department is an integral part of campus-wide neuroscience and developmental biology communities.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Neurobiology is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment. We believe that diversity spurs innovation and discovery and that our department is enriched by the unique perspectives of each member.  More information on our Diversity and Inclusion Action Committee (DIAC) efforts can be found here.

Student Spotlight

We are excited to spotlight Arnulfo Tunon-Ortiz (Tuna), a student from the Neuroscience Program completing training in Megan Williams' Lab.

Arnulfo Tunon-Ortiz spent three weeks in July 2021 completing the Summer Program in Excellence and Success (SPINES) at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  This competitive and intensive program is designed to prepare trainees from diverse backgrounds to become future leaders in neuroscience by honing important professional skills.

 

Arnulfo Tunon-Ortiz
My application to SPINES was my ticket into a highly competitive program and network of incredible people. The three weeks I spent at the MBL were transformative, to say the least. From science to professional development, every hour was filled with an enriching activity that challenged me as an academic and individual. Together, my cohort and I racked our brains over scientific questions and puzzles, celebrated and cheered for each other during presentations, laughed over dinner and drinks, and cried as we shared our stories with one another. In short, SPINES inspired newfound confidence in myself by providing the opportunity to engage the scientific community as a leader and speak my truth as an individual. The people I met, the experiences we shared, and the insights we realized will be something I'll carry beyond just my scientific career.
Arnulfo Tunon-Ortiz Graduate Student
Megan Williams
Megan E. Williams, PhD

Faculty Highlight: Megan Williams

Megan Williams is Associate Professor of Neurobiology. Her lab is working toward cracking the molecular code of synapse specificity. They have identified several cell adhesion molecules necessary for the form and function of highly specific types of synapses that, when disrupted, may lead to neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and intellectual disability. 

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