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Launched on Twitter in January 2022, #TraineeTuesday shines a weekly spotlight on talented trainees throughout Yale's department of Neuroscience and Kavli Institute. Whether celebrating a recent paper, grant or job offer, this initiative seeks to celebrate the graduate students and postdoctoral researchers crucial to our groundbreaking research. This archive will house the blog versions of all our #TraineeTuesday features.

#TraineeTuesday Blog

#TraineeTuesday: David Andrijevic, MD

Meet David Andrijevic, MD, an associate research scientist in the Sestan lab! Andrijevic’s work reviving cell function in deceased pigs made national headlines, including recognition by National Geographic as one of the most amazing discoveries of 2022. Let’s explore his research journey and where he hopes it takes him.

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  • #TraineeTuesday: Sarah (Sadie) Meller, PhD

    Meet Sadie Meller, PhD, a student in the MD/PhD program! Supported by an F31 fellowship and Student Research Award (from the Society for Pediatric Research), her thesis work was recently published in eNeuro. Let’s dive into the journey of this physician-scientist, artist and climate activist!

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  • #TraineeTuesday: Termara Parker

    Meet Termara Parker, a PhD candidate in the Brain Function Laboratory and McPartland Lab! On top of winning the Annie Le Fellowship and being inducted into the National Graduate Bouchet Honors Society, Parker recently published an article on structural racism in neuroimaging technology.

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  • #TraineeTuesday: Manoela Fogaça, PhD

    Meet Manoela Fogaça, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Picciotto Lab! A winner of both the K99 NIH Grant and NARSAD Young Investigator Award, Fogaça is a rising star in molecular neurobiology research.

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  • #TraineeTuesday: Sisi Yang

    Meet Sisi Yang, a PhD candidate in the Colón-Ramos Lab! Her exciting new paper published in Neuron uncovers a missing link between autophagy and synaptic activity.

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  • #TraineeTuesday: Alex Wang

    Meet Alex Wang, an Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program PhD candidate in the Cardin lab. With his newly awarded F31 NRSA grant from the NIH, Wang looks forward to building upon fascinating findings on the development of the cortical circuits in vision.

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  • #TraineeTuesday: Hanieh Falahati

    Meet Hanieh Falahati, PhD, a postdoc in the De Camilli lab whose preprint details her approach to solving a longstanding scientific mystery. What led to her exploring one of the strangest organelles?

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  • #TraineeTuesday: Rafael Perez, PhD

    Meet Rafael Perez, PhD, a postdoc in the Picciotto lab who was awarded the Kavli Postdoctoral Award for Academic Diversity! This award supports postdocs who bring a diversity of perspectives, identities and backgrounds to Yale’s neuroscience community.

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  • #TraineeTuesday: Kristyn Lizbinski, PhD

    Meet Kristyn Lizbinski, PhD, a postdoc in the Jeanne lab whose paper was published in Current Biology. What started as a quarantine project grew into a fascinating dive into the influence of neurons’ fine-scale morphology on physiological function.

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  • #TraineeTuesday: Maddy Junkins

    Meet Maddy Junkins, a PhD candidate in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program! Her review “Towards understanding the neural origins of hibernation” was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

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