Behaviors and neural circuits for pleasure and pain in mice

Neuroscience Futures Seminar Series

May 23, 2023
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Ishmail Abdus-Saboor

Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Columbia University

The Abdus-Saboor lab wants to understand how the brain generates the perception of pain and pleasure based on sensory stimuli applied to the skin. Working in mice and naked mole-rats, they are integrating the peripheral and central nervous systems, seeking to uncover genes and neural circuits for somatosensation from the skin to the spinal cord and brain.

Dr. Abdus-Saboor received his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Pennsylvania with Meera Sundaram. Following training in developmental genetics, he moved into sensory neuroscience as a postdoc at Cornell and back at the University of Pennsylvania, with Benjamin Shykind and Wenqin Luo, respectively. Ishmail has received many honors including an NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award and Burroughs Wellcome Fund PDEP Fellowship as a postdoc. Since opening his lab, he has been named a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, Pew Biomedical Scholar, and a recipient of the NIH DP2 New Innovator Award and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Science Diversity Leadership Award.