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Research Funding Initiatives

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity

Kavli Institute for Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity were established in 2021 to support exceptional scholars who bring a diversity of perspectives, identities, and backgrounds to academic research, including those from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences. The Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine is committed to fostering and supporting an inclusive and representative neuroscience research community. Diversity is vital to achieving excellence and innovation in scientific research.

2021 Award

Sex-specific or Shared Neurobiological Features of Transdiagnostic Psychiatric Illnesses Risk in Childhood and Adolescence

Postdoctoral Fellow: Elvisha Dhamala

Mentor: Avram Holmes (Psychology)

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Kavli Institute for Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellowships were established to enable scientists within three years of earning a PhD the opportunity to pursue new and innovative research at the boundaries between neuroscience and other disciplines, such as engineering, physics, chemistry and bioinformatics.

2021 Award

How does the “little brain” of the heart develop?

Postdoctoral Fellow: I-Uen (Yvonne) Hsu, PhD

Mentors: Rui Chang (Neuroscience, Cellular and Molecular Physiology), Lawrence Young (Cardiology, Cellular and Molecular Physiology), and Le Zhang (Neurology)

Innovative Research Awards

Since its launch in 2004, the Kavli Institute for Neuroscience has provided seed grants to Yale investigators to support early-stage, innovative brain research projects that are related to the Institute's goals. Through these grants, the Institute aims to catalyze interdisciplinary collaborations between small groups of investigators aiming to test bold, new ideas.

2021 Awards

Elucidating the Role of Neural Activity in the Development of Thalamic Feature Selectivity
Investigators: Liang Liang (Neuroscience) and Michael Crair (Neuroscience, Ophthalmology & Visual Science)

Exploring the continuum of threat-imminence oscillations using human iEEG
Investigators: Alfred Kaye (Psychiatry) and Eyiyemisi Damisah (Neurosurgery)

Genetic strategies to investigate the roles of GABAergic interneurons of the primate prefrontal cortex in cognitive and motivational regulation
Investigators: Hyojung Seo (Psychiatry, Neuroscience), In-Jung Kim (Ophtalmology and Visual Science, Neuroscience), Nenad Sestan (Neuroscience, Comparative Medicine, Genetics, Psychiatry), and Amy Arnsten (Neuroscience, Psychology)

Organelle Transport Mechanisms That Support Axonal Health
Investigators: Marc Hammarlund (Neuroscience, Genetics) and Shawn Ferguson (Cell Biology, Neuroscience)

Past Awards

Kavli Fellows Education Fund

The Kavli Institute for Neuroscience is helping to train the next generation of researchers by supporting a select group of graduate students enrolled in Yale’s Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (or Combined Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, BBS).