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Neuroscience Institute Education Neuroscience Research Associates Program

Neuroscience Research Associates Program

At NYU Langone’s Neuroscience Institute, talented college graduates can gain valuable research experience before moving on to an advanced degree program, with the aim of a career in biomedical research.

Our intellectually stimulating, collegial environment is equipped with state-of-the-art resources, and our scientists lead research projects in a range of disciplines that includes molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, physiology, cognition and behavior, sensation and perception, and systems neuroscience.

Applications for next year will open in early 2020.

If you have questions about the program or the application process, email Rachel Weintraub-Brevda, PhD, senior program coordinator, at

Below are some of the labs that participated in the 2019 Research Associate Program.

Alberini Lab

Research in the laboratory of Cristina M. Alberini, PhD, in the Center for Neural Science at NYU, investigates molecular mechanisms of long-term memory formation and enhancement, as well as mechanisms and treatments of memory impairments in rodent (rat and mouse) models. Our research associates are responsible for routine laboratory maintenance and inventory and keeping records of the results of molecular biology and behavioral experiments, as well as various writing and office administrative tasks.

Carter Lab

The laboratory of Adam Carter, PhD, studies neurons, synapses, and circuits in the mouse prefrontal cortex and striatum. Current research uses a powerful combination of optogenetics, electrophysiology, two-photon imaging, and behavior. Our research associates are closely integrated into ongoing projects using in vivo optogenetics and photometry.

Dasen Lab

The laboratory of Jeremy Dasen, PhD, studies the development of the vertebrate nervous system, using mouse, chick, and zebrafish model systems. We seek research associates who are familiar with the principles behind basic molecular biology techniques and genetic analyses of mice. This includes some laboratory experience in molecular cloning and analysis of recombinant DNA, both from bacterial strains and from genomic DNA isolated from mouse tissues.

Evrony Lab

The laboratory of Gilad D. Evrony, MD, PhD, is a new lab at NYU Langone whose mission is to understand the mechanisms by which the genome builds the brain and to identify the molecular-genetic defects underlying neuropsychiatric diseases whose causes are not known. The Evrony Lab focuses on creating foundational new technologies for genomics and neuroscience in order to answer these questions. Our research associates receive hands-on experience in creating new technologies to study the brain and the genome. This experience serves as a good training ground for a future career in medicine or research.

He Lab

The Perception and Brain Dynamics Laboratory is a laboratory within the Neuroscience Institute and is affiliated with the Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience and Physiology, and Radiology. Our research focus is on understanding the neural bases of perceptual awareness using multimodal imaging (fMRI, MEG, EEG, ECoG) and stimulation (tDCS, TMS) techniques in humans, combined with computational neuroscience approaches. We seek bright and driven candidates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree who are dedicated to neuroscience research.

Lin Lab

The laboratory of Dayu Lin, PhD, studies the neural basis of many social behaviors such as mating, fighting, defense, predation, and parenting. The Lin Lab is interested in investigating how the sensory information is relayed, integrated, extracted, and diverged to ultimately cause the behavioral output. Various genetic engineering, tracing, functional manipulation, in vivo electrophysiological recording, and computational tools are combined to dissect the neural circuits in a great detail. We seek research associates who have some laboratory experiences and are comfortable with computers.

Peron Lab

The laboratory of Simon Peron, PhD, uses a combination of two-photon calcium imaging, head-fixed behavior, optogenetics, and optical cellular resolution perturbation approaches to answer both circuit and behavioral questions about cortical function in the mouse. The responsibilities of our associates include mouse behavioral training, chronic cranial window implant and viral injection surgeries, and maintenance of the mouse colony.

Schoppik Lab

The laboratory of David Schoppik, PhD, aims to figure out how our brains keep us from falling down. Specifically, we’re working on understanding how developing nervous systems learn to balance, and how balance comes to fail with age. We use the zebrafish as a model, as it allows us to investigate the general principles that enable balance in a tractable system. The Schoppik Lab uses a wide range of tools from electrophysiology, computational models, cutting-edge microscopes, and modern gene editing and profiling approaches. Our research associates are expected to work independently on their own projects, with training, support, and mentorship provided. Previous associates in our laboratory have published their own work and gone on to graduate and medical school.

Shoham Lab

Led by Shy Shoham, PhD, the Neural Interface Engineering Lab at NYU Langone’s newly established Tech4Health Center aims to develop groundbreaking neuroimaging and neuromodulation technologies for clinicians and researchers. We offer research associates an exciting opportunity to participate in a cutting-edge collaboration between biologists and engineers to produce breakthroughs in neurotechnology.

Stavropoulos Lab

The Stavropoulos Lab, led by Nicholas Stavropoulos, PhD, at NYU Langone's Neuroscience Institute conducts research on the molecular mechanisms that regulate sleep. Our studies use the fruit fly Drosophila to characterize the genes and neuronal circuits underlying sleep-wake cycles. Associates conduct research and work closely with Dr. Stavropoulos and a small group of researchers, as well as perform general lab duties.

Tritsch Lab

The laboratory of Nicolas Tritsch, PhD, aims to shed light on the molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms used by the mammalian brain to produce movement using a combination of state-of-the-art experimental approaches in mice. Our research associates support our efforts by maintaining our mouse colony, ordering reagents, carrying out stereotaxic intracranial surgeries, acquiring single- and multiphoton images, and analyzing data.