Feature: For the relatively new field of neuroscience, the multiple interconnections of the human brain remain largely mysterious, as any family affected by Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or ADHD knows. The doctoral students at GSU’s neuroscience Institute map and track those pathways are often cut off themselves, stuck in lab work that is isolating. Ken and Georganne Honeycutt watched their daughter, Claire, go through this at Emory and Georgia Tech, and recently set up an ongoing fellowship stipend for the “Claires” at GSU – three doctoral students who are working on projects related to hormonal influences, brain plasticity and sensory perception. The Honeycutts had dated and married while both pursued MBAs at GSU, and through their daughter learned the importance of family in scientific research. Not only are many research projects based on genetic factors, but the researchers in neuroscience – a field that began only 30 years ago – can trace their own careers through a scientific family tree that reaveals important connections between research projects. Neuroscience advancements are made in a world that is both very connected and very disconnected, like the brains they study.

Alumni

NAME PhD PI CURRENT POSITION LOCATION
Chung, Bryce 2017 Edwards Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University Atlanta, GA
Das, Ravi 2016 Cox Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
McCann, Katharine 2016 Huhman Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
Garretson, Johnny 2016 Bartness Postdoctoral Fellow, Albert Einstein College of Medicine New York, NY
Song, Zhimin (Eric) 2016 Albers Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Bruggeman, Emily 2016 Xue Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Southeastern Medical Center Dallas, TX
Ogawa Henderson, Yoko 2015 Parent Lecturer, John Carroll University University Heights, OH
Barnett, William 2015 Cymbalyuk Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
Dunham, Leslie 2015 Wilcyznski Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow Athens, GA
Eidson, Lori 2015 Murphy Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University Atlanta, GA
Gunaratne, Charuni 2015 Katz Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University Cambridge, MA
Jeffress, Elizabeth 2014 Huhman Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
Luckett, Chloe 2014 Huhman Postdoctoral Fellow, Morehouse School of Medicine Atlanta, GA
Solomon-Lane, Tessa 2014 Grober Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
Balmer, Timothy 2014 Pallas Postdoctoral Fellow, Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR
Martinez, Luis 2013 Petrulis Assistant Professor, Trinity College Hartford, CT
Victoria, Nicole 2013 Murphy Investigator,
U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Minneapolis, MN
Shahbazi, Mahin 2012 Carruth Lecturer, Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
Ross, Amy 2012 Parent Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
Tadesse, Tizeta 2012 Derby Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University Atlanta, GA
Been, Laura 2011 Petrulis Assistant Professor, Haverford College Haverford, PA
Nusnbaum, Matt 2011 Derby Lecturer, Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
Doherty, James 2011 Frantz Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
Maras, Pam 2010 Petrulis Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI