Neuroscience Faculty Position through Prominence-to-Preeminence Fund

April 8, 2022

The UVA Department of Neuroscience has an opening for a new faculty position through the Prominence-to-Preeminence Fund, which is a multi-million dollar initiative to support STEM research across UVA Grounds. 

For more information about this exciting opportunity, please see the posting here

NGP Faculty, Dr. Tajie Harris, receives Prominence-to-Preeminence Fund

November 17, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Tajie Harris, Professor of Neuroscience and NGP faculty for leading one of the four projects that recently received support from the Prominence-to-Preeminence Fund.

Prominence-to-Preeminence Fund is a $19 million initiative to support interdisciplinary STEM research across Grounds.

Learn more about Dr. Harris’ plan to bring together collaborators across grounds to better understand neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease and the other STEM efforts supported.

UVAToday features NGP's Dr. Manoj Patel and Dr. Eric Wengert

October 20, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Manoj Patel (NGP, Dept of Anesthesiology) Dr. Eric Wengert (NGP alum), and all the lab members for having their work featured in UVAToday this morning.

The article Epilepsy Research Reveals Previously Unknown Trigger for Seizures can be found here and covers their work published in Journal of Neuroscience.

Great job Patel lab!

Eric Wengert says, "Mentors, don’t neglect scientific trainees. Treat them as you’d like to be treated"

February 25, 2021

Eric Wengert, NGP student in Manoj Patel's lab shares valuable perspective on mentorship, while looking back on his first experiences in a lab.

He shares that with us here, in Science Working Life Magazine.


Dr. Meng Zhuang, Neuroscience Presidential Fellow publishes in Scientific Reports

January 19, 2021

Dr. Meng Zhuang (Chemistry, 2020) received the University of Virginia in Presidential Fellowship in Neuroscience in 2018 while completing her dissertation under the mentorship of Drs Cassandra Fraser (Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering) and Jaideep Kapur (Neurology). The fellowship was to develop and adapt novel oxygen sensing boron nanoparticles (BNPs) as functional probes of brain oxygen activity during seizures. That work has culminated in the Scientific Reports article Difluoroboron β-diketonate polylactic acid oxygen nanosensors for intracellular neuronal imaging.

Congratulations to Drs Zhuang, Fraser and Kapur as well as the members of their lab and the Brain Institute.

NGP's Gaultier Lab Discovery + COVID-19 Clinical Trial Find!

November 18, 2020

Check out this awesome piece in UVAToday, highlighting Dr. Alban Gaultier (Dept of Neuroscience, Director, NGP) and his former BIMS student Dorian A. Rosen.

Their finding that fluvoxamine may stop the deadly inflammation known as sepsis inspired clinical trials at Washington University to investigate potential reduction of cytokines in cases of COVID-19.

Here is where you can find Drs Gaultier and Rosen's original publication in Science Translational Medicine.

Anastasia Brodovskaya: American Epilepsy Society's Young Investigator Award Recipient

October 28, 2020

Anastasia Brodovskaya, a Neuroscience Graduate Program student in Dr. Jaideep Kapur's lab at the University of Virginia has received the 2020 Young Investigator Award from the American Epilepsy Society. This award recognizes young investigators conducting basic, translational, or clinical epilepsy research.

Anastasia's abstract titled “Indirect Basal Ganglia Pathway Propagates and Modulates Frontal Lobe Seizures” was one of 20 selected out of over 1,100 submissions for the honor.

Anastasia's ePoster will receive a recogntion ribbon and she will also be receiving a $1200 award.

Congratulations to Anastasia and the Kapur lab. Great work!


Congrats NGP Double Hoo Recipient, Joshua Milstein

May 21, 2020

Congratulations to Joshua Milstein, NGP second year in Dr. Heather Ferris’ lab, as well as Emily Blan, a second year undergraduate Neuroscience major for being recipients of UVA’s Double Hoo research awards.

The Double Hoo awards fund collaborations between undergraduate and graduate students and includes $6000 toward research expenses, funded through the Robert C. Taylor Fund.

Learn more about Josh's research and the remaining Double Hoo recipients here.

NGP Student Eric Wengert & Double Hoo Award

May 2, 2019

Congratulations to Eric Wengert, (NGP, Manoj Patel lab) who recently was awarded, along with Abrar Majidi Idrisso (3rd year mathematics major), the Double Hoo Award.


The “Double Hoo” research awards fund pairings of undergraduate and graduate students who collaborate on research projects. They are awarded up to $6000 towards research expenses. There were 56 pairs that applied this year, and Eric and Abrar were one of the 15 who were awarded!


Read more about it here.

New Contributor to Age-Related Hearing Loss Identified

March 12, 2019

Read more about how Jung-Bum Shin, PhD (NGP, Department of Neuroscience) and Ting-Ting Du, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in the Shin lab  have identified a potential contributor to age-related hearing loss.

NIH Salutes UVA Brain Discovery in List of 2018’s Most Promising Medical Advances

January 22, 2019

A University of Virginia School of Medicine discovery about the role of the brain’s cleaning system in aging and Alzheimer’s disease has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as one of 2018’s most promising medical advances.

Read the full article here.


Antoine Louveau, Jonathan Kipnis Sandro da Mesquita, Harry Moxley

"UVA Brain Discovery Could Block Aging’s Terrible Toll on the Mind"

July 30, 2018

Dr. Jonathan Kipnis (Chair, Department of Neuroscience & NGP faculty)  and lab members are featured in a UVA Today piece covering their recent Nature publication investigating the link between the brain's lympthatic system and the aging brain.

Congratulations to the Kipnis lab for this groundbreaking work!

Dr. John Lukens and Catherine Lammert

UVa study: Health of pregnant mom’s gut can indicate risk of autism

July 23, 2018

Dr. John Lukens (The Department of Neuroscience) and doctoral student Catherine Lammert (Neuroscience Graduate Program) have been featured in multiple newspieces for their work linking the risk of autism in children the health of the mother's gut.

See the Daily Progress article here and the Newsweek piece here.

Congratulations to the entire Lukens lab!


Irene Cheng at AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop

Out of the Lab and onto the Hill - #MakingtheCASE with AAAS

March 28, 2018

Irene Cheng, a NGP student in the Deppmann Lab, was selected to attend the AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop, sponsored by UVA’s Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.

Read more about it here!

John Lukens

The Alzheimer’s Association is awarding the School of Medicine’s John Lukens, PhD, a 2018 Research Grant Award.

March 2, 2018

"The Alzheimer’s Association is awarding the School of Medicine’s John Lukens, PhD, a 2018 Research Grant Award. This funding will support research critical to developing more-effective strategies for detecting/treating/preventing Alzheimer’s."

Read more.

Dr. Jaideep Kapur

UVA Brain Institute Funds Another 10 Multi-Disciplinary Research Teams

February 12, 2018

Click here to read more about the newest round of pan-University UVA Brain Institute funding.

Photo: Dr. Jaideep Kapur directs UVA’s multi-disciplinary Brain Institute. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)

Christopher Deppmann and Meghan Puglia

From Brain Development to Alzheimer’s, Grad Fellows Take a Wide View

January 11, 2018

NGP Director Chris Deppmann and NGP student Sushanth Kumar are highlighted in this UVA Today piece about the UVA Brain Institute's Presidential Fellowships in Neuroscience.


Thaddeus Weigel

Thaddeus Weigel Named Peach Fellow

January 5, 2018

Congratulations to Thaddeus Weigel, NGP first year student, who has just received the Peach Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to first year BIMS students in their 2nd semester who show exceptional promise as determined by (1) their achievements and honors prior to matriculating in BIMS and (2) their academic performance thus far in our graduate program. In recognition of this honor, he will be receiving a one-time monetary award of $500.  The Peach Fellowship also covers a portion of the student's stipend.



Shahzad Khan is Famous

January 2, 2018

Shahzad Khan (NGP, George Bloom lab) is famous!

His face made it to the Society for Neuroscience 2018 Annual Meeting website page, as well as the ASCB website home page! Check him out here:


Dr. Javier Provencio

Decoding Brain Injuries With 5 Questions

March 29, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Javier Provencio for being featured in UVA Today for ground-breaking work!


Alban Gaultier

NGP's Alban Gaultier and Ioana Marin in UVA Connect: UVA Reverses Depression Symptoms in Mice Using Probiotics

March 21, 2017

The NGP is pround to share today's UVA Connect article featuring NGP’s very own Alban Gaultier (Department of Neuroscience) and Ioana Marin, PhD (NGP May 2017)

The article features their ground-breaking work using microbiome to treat depression.

Kelly Barford

"Emergent Role of Coronin-1a in Neuronal Signaling."

February 27, 2017

Congratulations to Kelly Barford, (NGP, Winckler lab) for her latest publication.


BIMS and PHS Degrees Moving to the School of Medicine.

February 10, 2017

As of June 1, 2017, UVA’S Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) and Public Health Science (PHS) graduate students will receive their degrees from the School of Medicine (SOM). Learn more about this on the Dean's Office Blog!



Neuroscience Graduate Program

Application information for Fall 2017

February 9, 2017

Admission to the Neuroscience Graduate Program for Fall 2017 is now closed. Please stay tuned for more information about the Fall 2018 application season. The deadline for application will be December 1st 2017.   

Jamie Blair

NGP Student James Blair receives the 2017 Presidential Fellowship for Collaborative Neuroscience!

February 1, 2017

Congrats to Jamie Blair (Jason Druzgal's lab) for receiving the 2017 Presidential Fellowship for Collaborative Neuroscience!



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