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Announcing the 2019 Interdisciplinary Scholar Award Recipients

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, SIGFs and Postdcos

The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards provide funding to extraordinary postdoctoral scientists at Stanford University engaging in highly interdisciplinary research in the neurosciences broadly defined. Learn more

Daniel Bear, Wu Tsai Neuro

Daniel Bear


Research Project: Learning to See the Physical World with Biologically-Inspired Recurrent Neural Networks 
Sponsors: Daniel Yamins (Psychology)

Dr. Brear is interested in finding out if artificial neural networks "learn" representations that resemble those found in animal brains.

Miguel Garcia, Wu Tsai Neuro

Miguel Garcia


Research Project: Forces Driving Myelin Wrapping In Oligodendrocytes 
Sponsors: Brad Zuchero (Neurosurgery) and Alexander Dunn (Chemical Engineering)

Dr. Garcia created a unique toolbox that will allow thorough study the hypotheses of actin-independent myelin membrane expansion in the brain.

Tal Iram, Wu Tsai Neuro

Tal Iram

Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Research Project: Accelerating maturation of 3D human brain organoid models to study human aging mechanisms. 
Sponsors: Tony Wyss-Coray (Neurology and Neurological Sciences) and Sergiu Pasca (Phychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)

Dr. Iram will use brain intrinsic and systemic regulators of aging, in an attempt to accelerate maturation of human-derived brain organoids.

Dante Muratore, Wu Tsai Neuro

Dante Muratore

Electrical Engineering

Research ProjectInstrumenting the nervous system at single-cell resolution 
Sponsors: Boris Murmann (Electrical Engineering) and E.J. Chichinisky (Neurosurgery)

Dante Muratore's research focuses on hardware design for brain-machine interfaces, bioelectronics and machine learning.

Jessica Nowicki, Wu Tsai Neuro

Jessica Nowicki


Research Project: Investigating the evolution of vertebrate pair bonding mechanisms 
Sponsors: Lauren O'Connell (Biology) and Nirao Shah (Neurobiology)

Dr. Nowicki studies the deep evolutionary history of vertebrate pair bonding neural mechanisms.

Learn more about Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards