2015 Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences Announced

The Simons Foundation and the Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund are pleased to announce the 2015 winners of the Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences. Previously known as the Klingenstein Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences, this year’s awardee class is the second for this joint project of the Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation. The awards are among the nation’s oldest and most illustrious fellowships for young investigators in neuroscience research.

Mark M. Churchland, Ph.D.
Columbia University Medical Center
“Electrophysiological and Pharmacological Investigation of Voluntary Reaction Time”

Dion Dickman, Ph.D.
University of Southern California
“Genetic Mechanisms and Adaptations Driving Sleep and Synaptic Homeostatsis”

Felice Dunn, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
“Temporal and spatial control of photoreceptor damage to understand retinal disease”

Liang Feng, Ph.D.
Stanford University
“Molecular Mechanism of ion channels in neurological disorders”

Michael M. Halassa, M.D., Ph.D.
New York University School of Medicine
“Dissecting circuits underlying sensory selection”

Mehrdad Jazayeri, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Neural dynamics supporting the integration of prior knowledge and sensory evidence in cortical circuits”

Byungkook Lim, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego
“The Neural Basis of Social Stress-induced Depression”

Dengke Ma, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
“Genetic control of oxgen-modulated C. elegans behaviors”

Carolyn McBride, Ph.D.
Princeton University
“Using Evolution to Decode the Genetic and Neural Basis of Preference for Human Odor”

Katherine Nagel, Ph.D.
New York University School of Medicine
“Steering the fly: Mapping the logic of sensory-motor convergence in Drosophila”

Brian J. O’Roak, Ph.D.
Oregon Health & Science University
“Genomic approaches to uncovering somatic mosaicism in neurodevelopmental disorders”

Engin Özkan, Ph.D.
The University of Chicago
“Revealing molecular interactions and mechanisms directing neural circuit wiring”