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  • Wed 17th June 2020

    Congrats to Dr. Hyungbae Kwon for receiving a 2020 Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award

    Congratulations to Dr. Hyungbae Kwon, a Primary member of the Neuroscience Department, for receiving a 2020 Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award.  

    More information about the Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award, and this year's other winners, can be found here

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  • Fri 22nd May 2020

    Congratulations to our Neuroscience Graduate Students Honored at the 2020 Convocation

    The Neuroscience Program and Department are proud of all our amazing Graduate students. 

    Congratulations to the following who were honored with awards at the School of Medicine 2020 Convocation Ceremony:


    The award is made annually to a student for significant research contribution in the medical sciences. The award is made possible by a bequest from the family and friends of the late Dr. Michael A. Shanoff, who earned his undergraduate degree and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Johns Hopkins University. Awarded to

    David Joshua Ottenheimer 2019-2020 (Neuroscience graduate student in Patricia Janak's lab)

    Selamawit Abi Woldemeskel 2018-2019


    This prize, established by Dr. Sylvan Shane, a former member of the faculty in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, recognizes an outstanding medical student making a career choice in Anesthesiology. Awarded to

    Tymoteusz Jan Kajstura (Neuroscience graduate student in David Linden's lab).


    This award was established by the Johns Hopkins Health System, in honor of David E. Rogers, Dean of the School of Medicine from 1968-1971. The award is presented annually to two students who have exemplified the highest standards of professionalism, medical ethics, and community leadership. Awarded to

    Kevin Monk (Neuroscience graduate student in Marshal Hussain Shuler's Lab)

    Jose Reyes


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  • Wed 20th May 2020

    Congratulations to David Ottenheimer- the Graduate Student Speaker for Convocation 2020

    Congratulations to David Ottenheimer, a Neuroscience student in Patricia Janak's lab, who was selected as the graduate student speaker for Convocation 2020!  

    Watch his speech here:


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  • Mon 20th April 2020

    Congratulations to Dr. Chris Potter for being selected as the recipient of the 2020 Hamilton Smith Award for Innovative Research

    The 2020 Hamilton Smith Award for Innovative Research

    is being presented to:

    Dr. Christopher Potter

    Associate Professor Department of Neuroscience

    Dr. Potter’s research focuses on neural mechanisms responsible for olfaction in insects. Dr. Potter and his students have developed novel molecular genetic approaches to alter gene expression and to visualize and monitor neuronal responses in insects, and they are applying these approaches to a model organism, the vinegar-fly Drosophila melanogaster, and to Anopheles gambiae, the mosquito that transmits malaria.


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  • Thu 9th April 2020

    Congratulations to Graduate Student and Postdocs in the Neuroscience Department for their Young Investigator Day Awards

    Congratulations to the following Grad Students and Postdocs in the Neuroscience Department recognized with Young Investigators' Day Awards:

    Graduate Student Awards

    Identification of MRGPRX4 as a therapeutic receptor target for cholestatic itch
    James Meixiong, M.D., Ph.D. Candidate
    The Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience Department of Neuroscience
    Sponsor: Xinzhong Dong, Ph.D. 

    THE MICHAEL A. SHANOFF RESEARCH AWARD Preference encoding in ventral pallidum guides choice behavior
    David Ottenheimer, Ph.D. Candidate
    The Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience Department of Neuroscience
    Sponsor: Patricia Janak, Ph.D. 

    Phototransduction Pathways in Intrinsically Photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells 
    Lujing Chen, Ph.D. Candidate
    Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience Department of Neuroscience
    Sponsor: King-WaiYau, Ph.D. 

    Postdoctoral Awards

    Molecular Heterogeneity and Functional Diversity of Spiral Ganglion Neurons
    Shuohao Sun, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
    Department of Neuroscience
    Sponsor: Ulrich Mueller, Ph.D. 

    A dopamine-gated nucleus accumbal circuit for cognitive map reification
    Kanghoon Jung, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
    Department of Neuroscience
    Sponsor: Hyungbae Kwon, Ph.D. 

    Functional characterization of mosquito repellents
    Ali Afify, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
    Department of Neuroscience
    Sponsor: Christopher Potter, Ph.D. 


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  • Fri 17th January 2020

    Congratulations to Dr. Gül Dölen for being selected as a Finalist in the 2020 President's Frontier Award!

    Congratulations to Dr. Gül Dölen, a Primary member in the Neuroscience department, for being selected as a Finalist for the 2020 President's Frontier Award! As one of the two finalists, she recieves a $50,000 presidential award. ...

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  • Tue 10th December 2019

    Congratulations to Dr. Seth Blackshaw for receiving a Research to Prevent Blindness Stein Innovation Award!

    Congratulations to Dr. Blackshaw, a primary member in the Neuroscience Department, for being selected as a Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Stein Innovation award recipient.  The award provides flexible funding to scientists actively engaged in research with the goal of understanding the visual system and the diseases the comprise its function, with a focus on new technologies and cutting-edge research techniques.  Dr. Blackshaw is one of 33 researchers who have received the award since it was established in 2014.

    The research in Dr. Blackshaw's lab funded through the award will be focused on replacing human photoreceptors lost due to blinding diseases.  His research group's plan is to develop molecular approaches to convert human retinal glia into neural progenitors, which can then give rise to new photoreceptors.  

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  • Thu 24th October 2019

    Congratulations to Project Bridge for winning the 2019 Next Generation Award!

    Congatulations to Project Bridge Johns Hopkins for being awarded the 2019 Next Generation Award at SfN.  The Next Generation Award recognizes SfN chapter members who have made outstanding contributions to public communication, outreach, and education about neuroscience. Project Bridge Johns Hopkins is an organization run by Graduate Students aimed at exposing underrepresented minorities to neuroscience research.  

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  • Tue 30th July 2019

    Dr. King-Wai Yau is the 2019 Beckman-Argyros Vision Research Award winner

    Congratulations to Dr. King-Wai Yau who was chosen as the 2019 Beckman-Argyros Vision Research Award winner!

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  • Fri 7th June 2019

    Congratulations to Dr. Jeremiah Cohen for receiving a 2019 Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award!

    Congratulations to Dr. Jeremiah Cohen for receiving a 2019 Catalyst Award!

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  • Wed 1st May 2019

    Drs. King-Wai Yau and Jeremy Nathans Awarded The Hellen Keller Prize

    Congratulations to Dr. King-Wai Yau and Dr. Jeremy Nathans for being selected as winners of the 2019 Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research!  
    The Prize ceremony took place in conjunction with the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada, April 30th, 2019.  

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  • Fri 8th February 2019

    McGovern Institute Awards 2019 Edward M. Scolnick Prize to Richard Huganir

    Congratulations to Dr. Richard Huganir who was awarded the 2019 Edward M. Scolnick Prize by the McGovern Institute for his role in understanding the molecular and biochemical underpinnings of synaptic plasticity.

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  • Tue 16th October 2018

    Dr. King-Wai Yau elected to National Academy of Medicine

    Congratulations to Dr. King-Wai Yau  who was elected to the National Academy of Medicine!

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  • Mon 17th September 2018

    Dr. Michela Gallagher awarded 2018 Melvin R. Goodes Prize for Excellence in Alzheimer's Drug Discovery

    Dr. Michela Gallagher has been awarded the 2018 Melvin R. Goodes Prize for Excellence in Alzheimer's Drug Discovery. The prize, awarded by the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, recognizes leading researchers developing treatments for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

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  • Wed 5th September 2018

    Goodman Young Scholar Award Winners

    Congratulations to Travis Babola and Kevin Monk who were selected as Robert R. Goodman MD PhD Young Scholar Award Winners!  This Award honors neuroscience training program students for their impressive contributions to our scientific community.



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  • Fri 31st August 2018

    Neuroscience Coating Ceremony

    Congratulations to Mark Lay, Andrew Scasny, Natalie Hamilton, and Christopher Yang for passing their qualifying exams, and officially becoming PhD candidates!

    Graduate Coating Ceremony

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  • Mon 25th June 2018

    Loyal Goff and Chris Potter selected as Catalyst Award Winners for 2018

    Congratulations to Dr. Loyal Goff and Dr. Christopher Potter, Primary faculty members in the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience, who were 2 of 32 selected to receive this year's JHU Catalyst Award!  

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  • Thu 3rd May 2018

    Schmidt Sciences Nascent Innovation Grant Awarded to Vogelstein and Huganir

    Congratulations to Drs. Vogelstein and Huganir who were awarded a Schmidt Sciences Nascent Innovation Grant!

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  • Thu 12th April 2018

    Natalie Hamilton and Jessie Benedict Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for 2018

    Congratulations to Neuroscience Graduate Students Natalie Hamilton (in Dr. Alex Kolodkin's lab) and Jessie Benedict (in Dr. David Linden's lab) who were awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for 2018!



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  • Tue 10th April 2018

    Kyle Severson Receives Young Investigator Award

    Congratulations to Kyle Severson, a Neuroscience Graduate Student in Dr. Dan O'Connor's lab, who is one of the 2018 Young Investigators’ Day Winners. He was chosen to receive the The Bae Gyo Jung Research Award.

    The Young Investigators’ Day will be held April 17, 2018, at 3 p.m. in the Mountcastle Auditorium in the Preclinical Teaching Building, 725 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore, MD 21205.  

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  • Mon 13th November 2017

    Neuroscience Faculty Honored with 2017 Synergy and Innovation Discovery Awards from the School of Medicine

    Three primary Neuroscience faculty were chosen to recieve 2017 Synergy Awards:  Dr. Jay Baraban, Dr. Loyal Goff, Dr. Ulrich MuellerDr. Mark Wu, secondary in Neuroscience, was chosen to receive a 2017 Innovation Award.  Congratulations!

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  • Fri 30th June 2017

    Neuroscience Faculty Winners of 2017 Discovery Awards

    Congratulations to the the following Neuroscience Department Faculty members for being selected as 2017 Discovery Award winners! 

          Christopher Potter

          Marshall Schuler

          Ernst Niebur

          Patricia Janak

          Jeremiah Cohen


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  • Wed 10th May 2017

    Neuroscience Young Investigator's Day Winners 2017

    Congratulations to the following Graduate Student and Postdoc winners of the 2017 Young Inverstigator's Awards!

     Scroll down past the list for more information on our award winning Neuroscience members.

    Graduate Students

    Jonathan Grima – Jeff Rothstein’s lab

    The Paul Ehrlich Research Award

    Mutant Huntingtin Disrupts the Nuclear Pore Complex


    Kai Liu – Seth Blackshaw’s lab

    The Mette Strand Research Award

    Lhx6-Expressing GABAergic Neurons of the Zona Incerta Promote Sleep


    Shuohao Sun – Xinzhong Dong’s lab

    The Alicia Showalter-Reynolds Research Award

    Leaky Gate Model:  Intensity-Dependent Coding of Pain and Itch




    Graham Diering, PhD -  lab of Richard Huganir

    The Daniel Nathans Research Award

    Homeostatic Scaling of Excitatory Synapses During Sleep


    Sung-Eun (Sam) Kwon, PhD – lab of Daniel H. O’Connor

    The Albert Lehninger Research Award

    Cortical Circuits for Touch Perception

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  • Sat 25th March 2017

    Three Neuroscience Students Granted NSF Awards

    Congratulations to Neuroscience Graduate students Althea Cavanaugh, David Ottenheimer, and Cody Call who have each been awarded a National Science Foundtation Graduate Research Fellowship for 2017!

    The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

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  • Thu 2nd March 2017

    Neuroscience graduate student selected as 2016-2017 Fred and Ruth Kort Young Scholar

    SiYing (Sally) Li, a first year graduate student in the Department of Neuroscience, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016-2017 Fred and Ruth Kort Young Scholar Fund.  Fred and Ruth Kort Young established this award to support outstanding first-year graduate students.   

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  • Mon 20th February 2017

    Neuroscience Graduate Student Honored with a 2017 Young Investigator Award

    Kai Liu, a Neuroscience Gradaute student in Dr. Seth Blackshaw's lab, has been awarded the Mette Srand Research Award.  He will give a talk and receive his award as part of the Young Investigator's Day Program on May 9th, 2017 from 3-5pm in Mountcastle Auditorium.  This marks the 40th anniversary of the JHMI Young Investigator's Day which highlights talented graduate student and postdoctoral scientists.

    The full Young Investigator's Day program will be released soon.  You can view the 2016 Young Investigator winners here


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  • Thu 2nd February 2017

    Daniel Pham Recipient of 2016 Community Service Award

    Eight recipients of the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr., Community Service Awards were honored at Johns Hopkins’ annual MLK commemoration.

    Daniel Pham

    Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Like many great ideas, Project Bridge emerged from confusion. Daniel Pham, a Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience, was unsuccessful in his attempt to describe to his partner the intricacies of his research. The communication breakdown led Pham and colleagues to found Project Bridge, “with the goal of getting scientists to communicate and connect with the public,” he says. The outreach program features talks and demonstrations by Johns Hopkins scientists in farmers markets, cafes and restaurants. In September, Project Bridge brought Baltimore Brain Fest, a daylong neuroscience expo, to a city elementary school. “It’s a very grass-roots approach, getting bystanders to come by and having scientists in the community, explaining rudimentary topics,” Pham says.

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  • Thu 12th January 2017

    Dan O’Connor receives 2017 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

    Daniel O’Connor was among 102 scientists and engineers named on Jan. 9 by President Obama as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.


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  • Wed 2nd November 2016

    Dr. Xinzhong Dong Awarded the 2016 Donlin M. Long Pain Service Award

    Xinzhong Dong, PhD., Professor of Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, and Dermatology, and HHMI Investigator received the 2016 Donlin M. Long Pain Service Award on November 2nd.

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  • Wed 8th June 2016

    Alex Kolodkin honored with Inaugural Homcy and Margolis Endowed Professorship

    Alex Kolodkin, Professor of Neuroscience and HHMI investigator, has been appointed the inaugural holder of the Charles J. Homcy and Simeon G. Margolis Endowed Professor of Neuroscience.

    This endowed Chair was established by Charles Homcy, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in honor of one of his professors and mentors, Dr. Simeon Margolis.


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  • Wed 20th April 2016

    Alex Kolodkin elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Congratulations to Alex Kolodkin, Professor of Neuroscience, for his election to the Academy of Arts and Sciences

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  • Fri 15th April 2016

    Sol Snyder wins Salk Institute Medal for pioneering neuroscience research

    Sol Snyder’s seminal contributions to the field of neuroscience continue to fuel research today.

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  • Thu 14th April 2016

    Wendy Yue wins the Michael A. Shanoff, Young Investigator's Day Award

    Congratulations to Wendy Yue, a neuroscience BCMB student in King-Wai Yau's, for winning the Michael A. Shanoff, Young Investigator's Day Award 

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  • Thu 14th April 2016

    Han Chin Wang Wins the Paul Erlich Young Investigator's Day Award

    Congratulations to Han Chin Wang, a neuroscience PhD student in Dwight Bergles lab for winning the Paul Erlich Young Investigator's Day Award.

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  • Thu 14th April 2016

    Alisa Mo wins Michael J. Shanoff, Young Investigator's Day Award

    Congratulations to Alisa Mo, a neuroscience MD/PhD student working in Jeremy Nathans lab for winning the Michael J. Shanoff Young Investigator's Day Award.

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  • Thu 14th April 2016

    Amit Agarwal wins W. Barry Wood, Jr., Young Investigator's Day Award

    Congratulations to Amit Agarwal, a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience working with Dwight Bergles for winning the w. Barry Wood, Jr., Young Investigator's Day Award.

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  • Wed 6th April 2016

    Neuroscience Graduate Student receives Autism Science Foundation Fellowship Award

    Megha Subramanian, Neuroscience Graduate student, recieves 2016 Autism Pre-doctoral Fellowship.

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  • Fri 25th March 2016

    King-Wai Yau Wins 2016 Retina Research Foundation Kayser International Award

     King-Wai Yau Wins 2016 Retina Research Foundation Kayser International Award in Retina Research

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  • Wed 16th March 2016

    Dr. Marshall Shuler receives 2016 Hamilton Smith Award

    Congratulations to Dr. Marshall Shuler who was chosen as one of the two winners of the 2016 Hamilton Smith Award for Innovative Research.  

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  • Wed 15th April 2015

    Gul Dolen Wins Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award

    Gul Dolen, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is one of the 12 recipients of The Hartwell Foundation’s 2015 Individual Biomedical Research Award competition. Each award will provide research support for three years at $100,000 per year.   Dolen will take a novel approach to studying autism, a disorder of brain development characterized by dysfunctional social behaviors and communication. She will seek to i...

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  • Tue 14th April 2015

    Gul Dolen awarded a 2015 Searle Scholarship for Exceptional Young Scientists

    Gül Dölen, M.D., Ph.D, a primary member in the Neuroscience Department and Wendy Klag Center affiliate, was named as 1 of the 15 Searle Scholars for 2015 for her research project "Synaptic and Circuit Mechanisms Underlying Social Reward Deficits in Autism.” The pool of applicants included 186 recently appointed assistant professors from 126 universities and research institutions, according to the Searle Scholars program. Over the next three years, each of the 15 Searle Scholars will ...

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  • Mon 12th January 2015

    Jeremiah Cohen wins MQ Fellows Award

    Jeremiah Cohen, a primary faculty member in the Neuroscience department and Brain Science Institute, was named one of four international MQ Fellows.  The annual MQ Fellows Award provides researchers funds to support cutting-edge projects exploring new ways of understanding, treating and preventing mental illness.  Dr. Cohen's group investigates the neuromodulatory basis of behaviors.  Serotonin is a neurotransmitter involved in many behaviors and disorders.  ...

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