Graduate Training in Neuroscience

University of Washington


Research News

Adrienne Fairhall, associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and Eric Shea-Brown associate professor of applied mathematics, members of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, have been awarded a grant from The Swartz Foundation to support research in theoretical neuroscience.

As the 12th research institution to receive support from the Swartz Foundation, the UW will join the ranks of Harvard, Yale and Columbia universities, as well as Caltech and the Salk Institute. The grant will support postdoctoral fellows to pursue research with faculty across the disciplines spanning computational and theoretical neuroscience, as well as collaborate with researchers at other Swartz-funded institutions.

“We want to bring in brilliant young thinkers at the interface of biology, physics and mathematics and to let those fellows identify opportunities to bring together research underway in multiple laboratories,” - Eric Shea-Brown.


Neuroscience Faculty Fetz and Perlmutter create a brain-computer interface to restore movement in a paralyzed monkey.

Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 2013.


Two of our recent graduates, Sung Han and Julia Lemos, have had work from their dissertations published in Nature. Both papers represent collaborations between labs in our Neuroscience program (Catterall and de la Iglesia, and Phillips and Chavkin.)

Dr. Han’s paper “Autistic-like behaviour in Scn1a+/- mice and rescue by enhanced GABA-mediated neurotransmission” identifies the neurobiological mechanism of autistic-like behavior in an animal model of Dravet syndrome and has important implications for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Lemos’ paper “Severe stress switches CRF action in the nucleus accumbens from appetitive to aversive” demonstrates a neural mechanism for how stress can lead to depression.


Neuroscience faculty member Adrian KC Lee (Speech & Hearing Sciences, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences) just received a prestigious Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program Award

This Award is for new researchers who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. His AFOSR project is to develop "An integrated neuroscience and engineering approach to classifying human brain-states."


The work of former Neuroscience student Stephanie Furrer on the mechanism of spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 is featured on the cover of this month's special issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Journal of Neuroscience, Nov. 2011 . See our Blog.


Former Neuroscience Student William Marrs in lab of  Nephi Stella identifies a novel mechanism controlling levels of an endogenous cannabinoid in the brain.

Nature Neuroscience, 2010 and press release. Also, see our Blog.


Research of Neuroscience Program Labs Featured in the Wall Street Journal

The labs of David Raible and Ed Rubel are using zebrafish as a model system to identify drugs and genes that may influence damage and regeneration of sensory hair cells of the human inner ear. N&B graduate student Julie Harris has contributed importantly to this work.