For all the latest news from the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience

  • Wed 3rd July 2024

    Navigating in the Dark: New Research from Knierim and Cowan

    A new study in Nature Neuroscience by Dr. Jim Knierim and Dr. Noah Cowan investigate navigation without landmarks.  Dr. Knierim is a Primary Neuroscience faculty member at the Mind Brain Institute and Dr. Cowan is a facullty member in Mechanical Engineering. 

    Read the full story in Hub here:

    Article in Nature Neuroscience

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  • Sun 21st April 2024

    Dr. Patricia Janak selected as AAAS Fellow

    Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Janak, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and PBS, who was named a AAAS Fellow!  Also named as AAAS Fellows are Dr. Akira Sawa and Dr. Rejji Kuruvilla, who hold secondary faculty appointments in the Neuroscience Department.   Congrats!!!!

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  • Tue 19th March 2024

    Dr. Huganir's latest research in Science

    Dr. Huganir's latest research on SynGAP appears in the latest issue of Science! This vital synaptic protein has an additional surpising role as a scaffold to regulate PSD-95 availability.  Check it out!

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  • Mon 22nd January 2024

    Congratulations to Kolodkin Postdoc Dr. Karina Chaudhari for receiving the inaugural DuBose Postdoc Research Scholar Award!

    Congratulations to Dr. Karina Chaudhari for winning the 2023 DuBose Postdoctoral Research Scholar Award!  Dr. Chaudhari is a Postdoc in Dr. Alex Kolodkin's lab studying direction selective visual circuits.  


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  • Wed 6th September 2023

    Dr. David Linden: Life, Death & the Neuroscience of Your Unique Experience

    Dr. David Linden talks with Dr. Andrew Huberman about everything from sensory touch, to sleep paralysis, to death and religion.  Check out the full interview now on Youtube: 



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  • Thu 6th July 2023

    Congratulations to Dr. Leah Elias, a Postdoc in Dr. Blackshaw's lab, for being named a 2023 Jane Coffin Childs Fellow

    Congratulations to Dr. Leah Elias for being awarded a 2023 Jane Coffin Childs Fellowship!  Dr. Elias is a Postdoc in Dr. Seth Blackshaw's lab in the Department of Neuroscience.  

    Excerpt from Jane Coffin Childs Press Release:

    The Jane Coffin Childs Fund for Medical Research Names its 2023 Fellows

    Twenty-seven exceptional postdoctoral fellows selected as awardees to esteemed fellowship program in biomedical research.

    Fellows are funded for a three-year term and receive flexible stipend support.

    “The Jane Coffin Childs Fund welcomes the 2023 cohort of Fellows to our distinguished network of scientists around the world and are proud to be able to advance the careers of these exceptional individuals.”  said Anita Pepper, Ph.D., the JCC’s executive director.

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  • Wed 10th May 2023

    Congratulations to Dr. Amy Bastian for her election to the National Academy of Sciences

    Congratulations to Dr. Amy Bastian, primary member of the Neuroscience Department and Chief Science Officer at the Kennedy Kreiger Institute, for her election to the National Academy of Sciences!  


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  • Wed 5th April 2023

    David Linden Publishes Guest Essay in New York Times

    Check out Dr. Linden's recent guest essay opinion piece in the New York Times.  He discusses neuroscience, cancer, and the potential healing powers of the mind.


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  • Wed 1st February 2023

    Dr. Xinzhong Dong elected as a AAAS Fellow

    Congratulations to Dr. Xinzhong Dong, primary faculty member in the Neuroscience Department, for his election into the 2022 class of fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  

    The 2022 class of fellows will receive a certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin (representing science and engineering, respectively) to commemorate their election and will be celebrated in Washington, D.C., in summer 2023. They will also be featured in the AAAS News & Notes section of Science in February 2023.

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  • Thu 8th December 2022

    Solomon Snyder, JHU distinguished professor emeritus and noted neurologist and psychologist, retires

    Solomon Snyder, distinguished Professor of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine officially retired after more than 55 years of service to the Johns Hopkins community. 

    Thank you Sol for your vision and commitment to starting and building the Department of Neuroscience! 

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  • Wed 16th November 2022

    Congratulations to Dr. Richard Huganir for being awarded the Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience

    Congratulations to Dr. Richard Huganir, Professor and Director of the Neuroscience Department, for being awarded the Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience in 2022. He was honored with this award at the Society for Neuroscience meeting November 14th, 2022. 

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  • Wed 4th May 2022

    Congratulations to Dr. Alex Kolodkin for being elected to the National Academy of Sciences!

    Congratulations to Dr. Alex Kolodkin, Professor of Neuroscience, for being elected to the National Academy of Sciences!


    The National Academy of Sciences announced on May 3rd 2022 the election of 120 members and 30 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

    Link to the announcement. 

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  • Mon 25th April 2022

    Congratulations to Dr. Solange Brown who has been selected for the 2022 Hamilton Smith Award!

    Dr. Solange Brown, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Hamilton Smith Award for Innovative Research in the Institute for Basic Biomedical Science (IBBS) at the Johns Hopkins Medical School. 

    The Hamilton Smith award recognizes and advances innovative research by early career faculty members in the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences by providing them with funding to pursue their most creative ideas.

    The 2022 Hamilton Smith Award for Innovative Research 
    is being presented to:
    Dr. Solange Brown
    Associate Professor Department of Neuroscience 

    Dr. Brown’s research focuses on the development and function of neural circuits and the behaviors that they control in the mammalian brain.  Dr. Brown and her students have defined the cellular and circuit organization of layer 6 of the cerebral cortex, showing how inhibitory interneurons integrate thalamic and local synaptic inputs.   More recently, the Brown laboratory has shown, by recording neural activity and by chemogenetic silencing in awake and behaving mice, that the claustrum, a subcortical nucleus with extensive connections to the neocortex, plays an important role in selecting appropriate motor actions.

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  • Fri 11th March 2022

    Using Virtual Reality to Explore the Nervous System- A Q&A with Dr. Dwight Bergles

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  • Thu 3rd February 2022

    Congratulations to Thomas Burnett and Gian Molina-Castro for being inducted into the 2022 Bouchet Graduate Honor Society!

    Congratulations to Thomas Burnett (graduate student in the O'Connor/Nielsen lab) and Gian Molina-Castro (graduate student in the Bergles lab) for being inducted into the Johns Hopkins University 2022 class of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society!  Only 5 graduate students from all of Johns Hopkins were chosen for this prestigious honor! 

    Thomas and Gian will be officially inducted at the national ceremony at the National Bouchet Honor Society Induction Ceremony and Conference hosted by Yale University (this year virtually), on April 7-8, 2022.

    Johns Hopkins will have an induction ceremony with the JHU President and Provost on May 17th 2022. 



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  • Tue 4th January 2022

    Dr. David Linden's personal journey published in The Atlantic

    Dr. David Linden, primary member of the Neuroscience Department, writes candidly in The Atlantic about his cancer diagnosis, and how this altered his perspective of the mind. The article is written with Dr. Linden's typical humor and insights about life and neuroscience. 

    As Dr. Linden himself says "It’s not actually quite as much of a big, bad bummer as the title would suggest.  Please do give it a look."


    Link to the article in The Atlantic:

     Also hear Dr. Linden on the January 17th episode of Here & Now on NPR. 
     Dr. Linden's segment starts at 10:54:

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  • Mon 13th December 2021

    Alex Kolodkin is selected as a Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Stein Innovation award recipient

    Congratulations to Dr. Alex Kolodkin, a primary member in the Neuroscience Department, for being awarded a Research to End Blindness Stein Innovation Award!

    The Stein Award from the RPB provides unrestricted funding focused on visual system research in health and disease.  Dr. Kolodkin is one of 40 researchers who have received the award since it was established in 2014. Research in Dr. Kolodkin’s laboratory funded by this RBP award will be focused on investigating novel roles of mechcanotransduction channels in visual system development and in inherited diseases that compromise eye movement in response to image motion.

    More information about RPB grants program can be found here:

    Information about the RPB Stein Innovation Award can be found here:

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  • Tue 30th November 2021

    Congratulations to Neuroscience Grad Student Gian Molina-Castro for Winning a Career Impact Award!

    Congrats to Gian Molina-Castro, a Neuroscience PhD student in Dr. Dwight Bergles lab, for winning a 2021 Career Impact Award!  

    Tune into the Career Impact Awards Ceremony on December 2, 2021 @ 1:00 p.m. (ET).  Register to attend on Zoom here!


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  • Wed 3rd November 2021

    Congratulations to our freshly coated Neuroscience Graduate Students!

    Congratulations to our Neuroscience Grad students who passed their Graduate Oral Exams! 


    Chris Seong Yeol An,
    Riley Bannon,
    Matilde Castro,
    Daniel Daudelin,
    Aleksander Geske,
    Eric Hsu,
    Hsin-Yi Hung,
    Pelin Ozel,
    Alina Spiegel,
    Charles Walters,
    Tiger Yu Kang Xu


    The White Coat Ceremony on October 29th can be viewed here:

    Neuroscience students are coated at 56:15. 

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  • Tue 28th September 2021

    Congratulations to Gian Molina-Castro for 2021 Diversity Leadership Award!

    Congratulations to Gian Molina-Castro, Graduate Student in Dwight Bergles' lab, who has been awarded a Diversity Leadership Award, one of 14 awarded across the University by the Diversity Leadership Council. 

    Here is the link to the Hub article which also includes a link to register for the Awards Ceremony at 3 pm on Tuesday, September 28 (today).


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