Frontiers in Neuroscience Spring 2021 Seminar Schedule



Maureen Barr, PhD


The Fundamental Biology of Neuronal Extracellular Vesicles


Rob Turner, PhD

University of Pittsburgh

Basal ganglia-thalamic dysfunction in parkinsonism.


Recruitment TBD

Emory Neuro


Srikant Rangaraju, MD, MS


Microglia and neurological diseases: Emerging therapeutic targets and proteomic advances


Recruitment TBD

Emory Neuro


Lisa A. Gunaydin, PhD




Hari Shroff, PhD






Bob Datta, MD, PhD


Revealing roles for dopamine in naturalistic action through Motion Sequencing


John Freyer, PhD

Mayo Clinic

Impact of lipoproteins on Alzheimer’s disease-related inflammation


Dan Feldman, PhD

UCal Berkeley

Revisiting the E-I ratio hypothesis for autism in cerebral cortex


John Christianson, PhD

Boston College

Social affect and the insular cortex


Jonathan Rubin, PhD (U of Pittsburgh) confirmed
and Joseph Raimondo (U Cape Town) unconfirmed



John Cryan, PhD

University College Cork

Friends with (Brain) Benefits: The Microbiome & Behaviour Across the Lifespan


Duane Watson, PhD (DEI Speaker) unconfirmed

Vanderbilt University

Unconfirmed Speaker

Fall 2020 Seminar Schedule



Malu Murugan, PhD &
Aubrey Kelly, PhD


What makes an animal social? Understanding behavior through an evolutionary and neural circuit perspective.


Joe Nocera, PhD


Exercise for Improved Cognitive and Physical Functioning in Aging and Age-Related Disease: Mechanism and Implementation


Eva Dyer, PhD

GA Tech

Comparing neural recordings across time, space, and behavior


Aryn Gittis, PhD

Carnegie Mellon

Opto-inspired DBS for cell-specific stimulation in Parkinson's Disease


David Sulzer, MD


The Dopamine Synapse and Learning


Jason Shepherd, PhD

University of Utah

Virus-like Intercellular Communication in the Nervous System




Conor Liston, MD, PhD


Rescuing prefrontal cortical circuit dysfunction in depression-related brain states


Tina Gremel, PhD


Endocannabinoid regulation of OFC transmission in the transition to ethanol-induced habitual control.


Anna Taylor, PhD

University of Alberta

Targeting the gastrointestinal environment as a novel treatment for opioid addiction


Jack Parent, MD

U Michigan, Ann Arbor

Combining Human Stem Cell and
Mouse Models to Investigate
Genetic Epilepsies


Nick Varvel, PhD


Peripheral immune cells as a target in brain disease


Keith Hengen, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis

Is sleep a high dimensional solution to a systems-level problem? Robust brain function doesn't come from nothing!


Jennifer Kubota, PhD

University of Delaware

The Neuroscience of Racial Bias

Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are at 12:00 pm in the Whitehead Auditorium

January 18, 2019
Nigel Pedersen, MD, Emory University
"The Systems Neuroscience of States of Awareness"

January 25, 2019
Angela Mabb, PhD, Georgia State University
"Role of Protein Ubiquitination in Neurological Disease and Cognition"

February 1, 2019
Svjetlana Miocinovic, PhD, Emory University
"Electrophysiology of movement disorders"

February 8, 2019
Recruitment Weekend

February 15, 2019
Michael Long, PhD, New York University
"Turn-taking in social communication: a comparative approach"
(Sponsored by the Conte Center for Oxytocin and Social Cognition)

February 22, 2019
Recruitment Weekend

March 1, 2019
Whitney Wharton, PhD, Emory University
"Individualized Approaches to Alzheimer's Prevention: The Impact of Sex, Caregiving and Race"

March 8, 2019
Hyacinth Hyacinth, MD, PhD, Emory University
"Modeling Cerebrovascular and Other Neurological Complications of Sickle Cell Disease"

March 15, 2019

March 22, 2019
Elly Nedivi, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Visualizing Molecular Events in Synapse Formation In Vivo"
(Sponsored by the Department of Cell Biology)

March 29, 2019
A. Leslie Morrow, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Neurosteroid inhibition of pro inflammatory signaling in macrophages cells and brain"
(Sponsored by Kamyra Edokpolor, Bassell Lab, NS Training Grant)

April 5, 2019
Douglas Wallace, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
(Sponsored by Meghan Wynne, Faundez Lab, NS Training Grant)

April 12, 2019
Eric Morrow, MD, PhD, Brown University
"Genetic and Cellular Mechanisms in Human Early Postnatal Brain Development"
(Sponsored by the Marcus Autism Center, Grand Rounds)

April 19, 2019
Mark A. Lyle, PhD, PT, Emory University

April 26, 2019
Kate Wassum, PhD,
University of California, Los Angeles
"Cortical-amygdala circuitry in reward learning and pursuit"
(Sponsored by Michelle Sequeira and Ellen Woon, Gourley Lab, NS Training Grant)

Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are at 12:00 pm in the Whitehead Auditorium

September 7, 2018
"Why Partnered Dance Could Help Optimize Motor Rehabilitation for People with Parkinson's Disease"
Madeleine Hackney, PhD, Emory & Atlanta VA

September 14, 2018
"Thinking Outside the Cleft: Unconventional Communication Modalities in the Hypothalamus"
Javier Stern, MD, PhD, Georgia State

September 21, 2018
"Using Optogenetics and Chemogenetics to Study the Basal Ganglia Circuits in Monkeys"
Adriana Galvan, PhD, Emory & Yerkes

September 28, 2018
"The Neurobiology of Women's Risk for Stress-Related Disorders"
Jennifer Stevens, PhD, Emory

October 5, 2018
"Minibrains and Macroglia: How Human Brain Organoids Can Unveil the Glial Contribution to Neuropsychiatric Disorders"
Steven Sloan, MD, PhD, Emory

October 12, 2018
"Using Deep Learning to Characterize Neural Population Activity"
Chethan Pandarinath, PhD, Emory & Georgia Tech

October 19, 2018
"The Dynamic Epileptic Brain"
Christophe Bernard, PhD, INSERM
Editor-in-Chief, eNeuro
(Sponsored by Department of Neurology)

October 26, 2018
"Neuromodulation of Spinal Neuronal Networks: Challenges and Opportunities"
Nicholas Au Yong, MD, Emory

November 9, 2018
"An Agenda for 21st Century Neurodevelopmental Medicine: 'Taming' the Genetic Liability in Autism"
Ami Klin, PhD, Brown
(Sponsored by the Marcus Autism Center, Grand Rounds)

November 16, 2018
Hyacinth Hyacinth, MD, PhD, Emory

November 30, 2018
"What Does Dopamine Mean?"
Joshua Berke, PhD, UCSF
(Sponsored by the Department of Biology)

December 7, 2018
"Neuromodulation Approaches for the Treatment of Anxiety and Depression"
Rene Hurlemann, MSc, MD, PhD, University of Bonn Medical Center
(Sponsored by Dr. Larry Young, Conte Center for Oxytocin and Social Cognition)

Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are at 12:00 pm in the Whitehead Auditorium

January 19, 2018
Eva Dyer, PhD, Georgia Tech College of Engineering and Emory University School of Medicine
"Finding low-dimensional structure in the activity of populations of neurons"

January 26, 2018
Nicholas Seyfried, PhD, Emory University School of Medicine
"Quantitative proteomic technologies and systems-driven approaches in Alzheimer's disease"

February 2, 2018
Avani Wildani, PhD, Emory University

February 9, 2018
Recruitment Weekend Senior Student Presentations
Anzar Abbas: "Spatiotemporal patterns contribute to functional connectivity in the brain"
Elizabeth Barfield: "Stress hormone exposure in adolescence disrupts decision-making, trkB and corticolimbic anatomy in adulthood"

February 16, 2018
Brad Pearce, PhD, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
"Genes and germs in schizophrenia pathogenesis"

February 23, 2018
Recruitment Weekend Senior Student Presentations
Mandakh (Mandy) Bekhbat: "Chronic adolescent stress causes enduring changes in neuroimmune reactivity"
Erica Landis: "Potential myopia prevention with environmental light"

March 2, 2018
Soma Sengupta, MD, PhD, Emory University School of Medicine
"Agonizing channels: GABAA receptors in cancer and a therapeutic target"

March 9, 2018
Joyce Gomes-Osman, P.T., PhD, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
"Exercise for brain health: Neuroplasticity and the pursuit of data-driven, dose-specific recommendations"

March 23, 2018
Candace Fleischer, PhD, Georgia Tech & Emory Department of Biomedical Engineering
"Imaging chemical and physical properties of the brain with MR spectroscopy"

March 30, 2018
Scott Russo, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
"Immune mechanisms of depression"

April 6, 2018
Newton Canteras, MD, PhD, University of Sao Paulo
"Dynamics of neural circuits processing predator threats and the role of periaqueductal gray matter in providing primal emotional tone"

April 13, 2018
Mayank Mehta, PhD, W.M. Keck Center for Neurophysics at University of California, Los Angeles
"How neurons compute 'reality': Lessons from virtual reality"

Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are at 12:00 pm in the Whitehead Auditorium

January 15, 2016
Roger Simon, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine
"Precision medicine approaches to enhance the diagnosis and prognosis of neurological injury"

January 22, 2016
Sarah Brosnan, PhD, Georgia State University
"The Evolution of (un)Fairness"

January 29, 2016
Mark Wallace, PhD, Vanderbilt University
"Adventures in Multisensory Science: From Neurons to the Clinic"

February 5, 2016
Recruitment Weekend Senior Student Presentations
Speakers and titles TBA

February 12, 2016
Peter Smith, PhD, University of Alberta
"Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor in Neuropathic Pain"

February 19, 2016
Recruitment Weekend Senior Student Presentations
Speakers and titles TBA

February 26, 2016
Russell Gore, MD, Shepherd Center & Wallace H. Coulter Dept of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory
"Gamified Assessment of Neural Performance: Applications in Sports Concussion"

March 4, 2016
Michael Treadway, PhD, Emory University
"Neurobiological mechanisms of motivational and reinforcement learning deficits in psychopathology"

March 11, 2016
No Frontiers (Spring Break)

March 18, 2016
Thomas Kukar, PhD, Emory University
Title TBA

March 25, 2016
Jennifer Felger, PhD, Emory University
"Inflammation Effects on Dopamine and Reward Circuitry"

April 1, 2016
Donna Maney, PhD, Emory University
Title TBA

April 8, 2016
Jack McMahan, PhD, Texas A&M University
Title TBA

April 15, 2016
Paul Garcia, MD, PhD, Emory University
Title TBA

April 22, 2016
David Prologo, MD, Emory University
"Interventional pain management: What is the same, what is different, what is new?"

Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are at 12:00 pm in the Whitehead Auditorium

September 4, 2015
Keith Tansey, MD/PhD, Emory University/Atlanta VA
"Sensory Plasticity, Pathology and Therapeutic Possibility in Spinal Cord Injury"

September 11, 2015
Ellen Hess, PhD, Emory University
"Dopamine and dystonia"

September 18, 2015
Eldon E. Geisert, PhD, Emory University
"Innate immune network in the retina: relevance to CNS injury and disease"

September 25, 2015
Wolfram Schultz, PhD, University of Cambridge
"The dopamine reward signal codes formal economic utility"

October 2, 2015
Michael Hasselmo, PhD, Boston University
"Encoding of space and time in entorhinal cortex"

October 9, 2015
Lynne Nygaard, PhD, Emory University
"Functional plasticity in the perception of speech"

October 16, 2015
No Frontiers (SfN Conference)

October 23, 2015
Brian Dias, PhD, Emory University
"Influences of micro- and macro-environments on structure and function in the nervous system"

October 30, 2015
Alex Kolodkin, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
"Molecular mechanisms underlying the establishment of neural connectivity"

November 6, 2015
David McCormick, PhD, Yale University
"Optimizing sensory detection: Rapid variations in waking controlled by norepinephrine and acetylcholine"

November 13, 2015
Paul Root Wolpe, PhD, Emory University Center for Ethics
Title TBA

November 20, 2015
Nim Tottenham, PhD, Columbia University
"Human amygdala-PFC development and the role of caregiving"

November 27, 2015
No Frontiers (Thanksgiving Holiday)

December 4, 2015
Lai Yee Leung, PhD, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Title TBA

Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are at 12:00 pm in the Whitehead Auditorium

January 23, 2015
Daniel Dilks, PhD, Emory University
"Cortical plasticity in the adult human visual system"

January 30, 2015
Marie Monfils, PhD, University of Texas
"Attenuation and social transmission of fear memories"

February 6, 2015
Neuroscience Recruitment weekend: Senior PhD Student Presentations
James Burkett: "Consolation and empathy in prairie voles"
Kelly Lohr: "Neurochemical and neuroprotective effects of enhanced vesicular function in a mouse"

February 13, 2015
Kareem Graham, PhD, Emory University
"Regulation of CNS inflammation by a normal metabolic enzyme"

February 20, 2015
Neuroscience Recruitment weekend: Senior PhD Student Presentations
Paul Evans: "RGS14 putting the brakes on plasticity in hippocampal CA2"
Constance Harrell Shreckengost: "Metabolism to mood: high fructose diet drives HPA axis remodeling and behavioral change"

February 27, 2015
Dianna Willis, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College
"Axonal mRNA transport and protein synthesis in regeneration and disease"

March 6, 2015
Deboleena Roy, PhD
"Sex, gender and neuroscience: thinking through feminisms of difference"

March 13, 2015
No Frontiers this week - spring break

March 20, 2015
Kathryn Jones, PhD, Indiana University
"CD+T cell-mediated neuroprotection: relevance to motoneuron injury and disease"

March 27, 2015
Theresa Jones, PhD, University of Texas at Austin
"Experience-driven competition in cortical remodeling after stroke"

April 3, 2015
Christopher Norris, PhD, University of Kentucky
"Astrocytes, cytokines and synaptic dysfunction in neurodegenerative conditions"

April 10, 2015
Ingrid Binswanger, PhD, University of Colorado
"Addressing the medical complications of substance use across the spectrum of criminal justice involvement"

April 17, 2015
Jim DiCarlo, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Neural mechanisms underlying visual object recognition"

April 24, 2015
Speaker and talk title TBA

May 15, 2015
Joshua Gordon, PhD, Columbia University
Talk title TBA

Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are at 12:00 pm in the Whitehead Auditorium

September 5, 2014
Astrid Prinz, PhD, Emory University
"Plasticity and stability in a central pattern-generating network"

September 12, 2014
Anna Kenney, PhD, Emory University Children's Center
"Sonic hedgehog-mediated metabolic pathway regulation and radiation resistance in the developing cerebellum and medulloblastoma"

September 19, 2014
John Hepler, PhD, Emory University
"RGS14 at the interface of hippocampal signaling and synaptic plasticity"

September 26, 2014
Ravi Bellamkonda, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology
"Engineering strategies for Nerve Repair and Glioma Therapy"

October 3, 2014
Tanja Jovanovic, PhD, Emory University
"Fear-related phenotypes from bench to bedside and back"

October 10, 2014
Shannon Gourley, PhD, Emory University
"Developmental factors in selecting between actions and habits: Effects of early-life cocaine and adversity"

October 17, 2014
Randy Hall, PhD, Emory University
"New insights into brain-expressed orphan G-protein-coupled receptors"

October 24, 2014
Mark LeDoux, PhD, University of Tennessee
"Genetic insights into the biology of isolated dystonia"

October 31, 2014
Gary Miller, PhD, Emory University
"Dopamine in the brain: trick or treat?"

November 7, 2014
Sandra Garraway, PhD, Emory University
"Factors that influence the development of neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury"

November 14, 2014
No Frontiers this week - SfN Conference

November 21, 2014
Michael Caudle, PhD, Emory University
"In vitro and in vivo techniques to evaluate neurotoxicity and neurological disease"

November 28, 2014
No Frontiers this week - Thanksgiving

December 5, 2014
Yue Feng, PhD, Emory University
"Controlling BDNF-TrkB function by the FMRP-mRNA pathway"

September 28, 2012

Carol A. Shively, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Psychology, Wake Forest University
"Stressed versus Depressed - What's the Difference?"
Video: Part 1Video: Part 2

October 5, 2012
Karen S. Rommelfanger, PhD, Director of Neuroethics Program, Emory University
"Mind over Matter: Placebo for Psychogenic Movement Disorders"
Video: Part 1, Video: Part 2

October 19, 2012
Steve M. Potter, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
"Closed-loop, open-source electrophysiology to study learning, network dynamics, and epilepsy"
Video: Part 1 Video: Part 2

October 26, 2012
Larry C. Walker, PhD, Research Professor of Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University
"The Seeds of Neurodegenerative Disease"
Video: Part 1 Video: Part 2

November 2, 2012
Richard D. Mooney, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology, Duke University
"Song Learning: From Synapse to Behavior"
Video: Part 1 Video: Part 2 Video: Part 3

November 16, 2012
Arthur W. English, PhD, Professor of Cell Biology, Emory University
"Enhancing functional recovery from nerve injury with exercise"
Video: Part 1 Video: Part 2

December 7, 2012
Gary Bassell, PhD, Professor of Cell Biology, Emory University
"mRNA regulation in neuronal development, plasticity, and disease intervention"

February 1, 2013
* Emory NS Recruitment Weekend speakers are senior students in our program.
Yanjie Fan, Graduate Student, Emory Neuroscience Program
"Actin capping protein in dendritic spine formation during synaptic development"
Katy Shepard, Graduate Student, Emory Neuroscience Program
"Noradrenergic Modulation Of Experience-Dependent Plasticity During Auditory Cortical Development"

February 15, 2013
* Emory NS Recruitment Weekend speakers are senior students in our program.

Becky Meyer, Graduate Student, Emory Neuroscience Program
"GPR37 and GPR37L1: Novel neuroprotective receptors?"

Chris Makinson, Graduate Student, Emory Neuroscience Program
"Mechanisms of epilepsy: A balance of voltage gated sodium channels"

March 8, 2013
Geert de Vries, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience, Georgia State University
"How to deal with sex differences in biology and medicine: lessons from the neuropeptides vasopressin and oxytocin"

March 22, 2013
Christopher Coe, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Director of the Harlow Center for Biological Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"All roads lead to psychoneuroimmunology"

March 29, 2013
Michael Sutton, PhD, Assistant Professor, Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, University of Michigan
"Tuning neurotransmission through local protein translation at synaptic sites"

April 5, 2013
Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD, Associate Professor in Neurology, Boston Children's Hospital
"Neuronal connectivity in Tuberous Sclerosis"