Ryabinin Wins Medical Research Foundation Mentor Award
Congratulations to Dr. Andrey Ryabinin, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, who was recently awarded the 2022 Medical Research Foundation Mentor Award. The Mentor Award is presented to an Oregonian who has provided outstanding mentorship and leadership in the support of health research, education or the advancement of health care. His nomination was accompanied by several heartfelt letters from his trainees, as well as colleague letters.
Mello Awarded National Science Foundation Grant
Congratulations to Dr. Claudio Mello, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, who was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study “Mechanisms of neuron excitability for vocalizations in songbirds”. Zebra finch RA is a key vocal nucleus analogous to human laryngeal cortex. RA neurons express high levels of Kv3.1, a voltage-gated potassium channel subunit that allows these cells to fire ultra-narrow spikes at very high frequencies, similar to mammalian cortical Betz cells. The Mello Lab will use gene expression analysis, patch clamp/dynamic clamp slice recordings, song analysis, and viral-based gene manipulation to assess Kv3.1’s modulation of RA excitability during the developmental song learning period.
Students Win Tartar Trust Awards
Congratulations to several Behavioral & Systems Neuroscience students who were recently awarded Tartar Trust Awards. Congratulations to Landon Bayless-Edwards, Joshua Karpf, Noah Milman, and Randall Olson.
Department Diversity Statement
The Department of Behavioral Neuroscience is committed to ensuring that all graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, staff, and faculty members are treated with dignity and respect. We understand that diversity enriches and improves the quality of research and ideas and creates an environment conducive to the development of novel, innovative solutions. We understand that a diverse representation in all levels of departmental functioning is key in promoting voices which might otherwise be silenced. We are committed individually and as a department to learning and growing so that we might continue to improve the ways in which we support diversity and respect, promote a welcoming environment, and abolish inequalities in all aspects of our work.