NYULMC Neuroscientists Honored at SfN 2016

The Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center is incredibly proud to announce several prestigious awards received at this year's Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego by our early career scientists, including two recent graduates of our PhD program, a recent postdoctoral fellow who has gone on to run her own lab, and a junior faculty member:

  • Bianca Jones Marlin, PhD received the Donald B. Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Sebnem Tuncdemir, PhD received the Nemko Prize in Cellular or Molecular Neuroscience 
  • Daniela Valentin, PhD received the Gruber International Research Award
  • Katherine Nagel, PhD received the Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award

The Donald B. Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience, supported by The Grass Foundation, recognizes an outstanding PhD thesis in the domain of general behavioral neuroscience. Bianca completed her thesis research in Robert Froemke’s lab on the link between the hormone oxytocin and neural changes associated with learned maternal behavior. This work was published in Nature. Bianca is now a postdoctoral fellow with Richard Axel at Columbia University.

The Nemko Prize in Cellular or Molecular Neuroscience recognizes an outstanding PhD thesis in the area of cellular or molecular neuroscience. Sebnem did her thesis research with Gord Fishell on how interneurons contribute to the assembly of neural circuits in the cerebral cortex during brain development. This work was published in Neuron. Sebnem is now a postdoctoral fellow with Rene Hen at Columbia University. 

The Gruber International Research Award recognizes promising young scientists for outstanding research and educational pursuit in an international setting. Daniela Valentin, as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Michael Long, investigated the neural circuitry necessary for the execution of complex motor sequences, specifically the courtship song of the Australian zebra finch. This work led to two first-author publications in the Journal of Neuroscience and Science. Daniela is now at Freie Universität Berlin as a Project Leader for her own group.

The Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award recognizes originality and creativity in research for promising early career neuroscientists. Kathy was honored at the Celebration of Women in Neuroscience Luncheon for her pioneering work on olfactory navigation in Drosophila. Dayu Lin previously won this award in 2012, and we are very proud to have such strong and talented young scientists at NYU. 

Finally, we would also like to congratulate our colleague at the Center for Neural Science, Lynne Kiorpes, on her outstanding Presidential Special Lecture on the limitations of visual development. Lynne has had an impact, not only on the fields of developmental neurobiology and vision research, but also on the entire neuroscience community at NYU.

For more information on these awards, please visit the SfN website.


Photos from L-R: Sebnem Tuncdemir and Bianca Jones Marlin prior to receiving their awards (left photo), Katherine Nagel with the Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award at the Women in Science Luncheon (middle photo), Daniela Valentin, pictured in center, receiving the  Gruber International Research Award (right photo).