Leon Levy Fellowship Program in Neuroscience

About the Leon Levy Fellowship Program in Neuroscience

The Leon Levy Fellowship Program in Neuroscience at NYU Langone Health was established in 2007 within the NYU Child Study Center and has now been expanded to include the entire neuroscience community because of its measurable impact. In the recent renewal of the Leon Levy Fellowship, we have refocused our efforts on postdoctoral fellows and medical residents to support scientists at this critical stage. The aims of the program are to:

  • Recruit promising, basic and clinical postdoctoral neuroscientists and residents from a broad range of disciplines.
  • Support up to four of these young neuroscientists at a time through two‐year terms as Leon Levy Fellows. A new cohort of four fellows will be selected each year, thus creating overlapping groups and more opportunities for networking and peer-mentoring.
  • Provide training and career development programs for Leon Levy Fellows that will facilitate their success as they apply for funding and transition to independent careers in the field of neuroscience.
  • Afford postdoctoral neuroscientists and residents the opportunity to leverage their creativity and pursue cutting‐edge, high‐impact discoveries that may not be supported by traditional grant awards.

The anticipated impact of the program is to:

  • Fill an important shortfall in funding at a critical time and safeguard the vital pipeline of young neuroscientists.
  • Support our most talented young postdoctoral neuroscientists and residents as they launch independent careers and allow them to pursue high risk, high impact research.
  • Develop a strong network of scientists through overlapping cohorts of fellows and interactions with other area institutions to amplify the impact of the program for years to come.

The Leon Levy Foundation has awarded over $20 million to early-career neuroscientists in the New York City area, providing crucial support in an environment of increasingly limited public funding for neuroscience (read more here). 

Leon Levy Fellows 2018-20

Rebecca Martin, PhD, Hartley lab, Psychology

Muge Ozker Sertel, PhD, Flinker lab, Neurology

Marie Suver, PhD, Nagel lab, Neuroscience and Physiology

Silvana Valtcheva, PhD, Froemke lab, Otolaryngology

Leon Levy Fellows 2016-17

Jayeeta Basu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neuroscience & Physiology

Silvia Fossati, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurology and Psychiatry

Biyu Jade He, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neuroscience & Physiology

Arjun Masurkar, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurology, Neuroscience & Physiology

Nicolas Tritsch, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neuroscience & Physiology

Leon Levy Fellows 2015-16

Jayeeta Basu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neuroscience & Physiology

Silvia Fossati, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurology and Psychiatry

Biyu Jade He, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neuroscience & Physiology

Nicolas Tritsch, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neuroscience & Physiology

Yihong Zhao, PhD, Assistant Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Leon Levy Fellows 2014-15

Argelinda Baroni, MD, Assistant Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Anli Liu, MD, Assistant Professor, Neurology

Lucas Sjulson, MD, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience & Physiology

Nicholas Stavropoulos, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neuroscience & Physiology

Yihong Zhao, PhD, Assistant Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Leon Levy Fellows 2013-14

Argelinda Baroni, MD, Assistant Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

A.M. Clare Kelly, PhD, Assistant Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Neurology

Anli Liu, MD, Assistant Professor, Neurology

Lucas Sjulson, MD, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience & Physiology

Nicholas Stavropoulos, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neuroscience & Physiology

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