Navigate Up
Sign In
A-Z Index
Home > Academics > Divisions > Mathematics and the Natural Sciences > Neuroscience

Excellence in Neuroscience Research Award

Each year, the Neuroscience Awards Committee recognizes two graduating seniors who have performed outstandingly in the lab with the Excellence in Neuroscience Research Award.


Award Recipients


Hope A. Miodownik 

Elucidation of a Compre-hensive Model of Epicardiogenesis
in Zebrafish: Role of BMP Signaling in Epicardial Migration
Mentor: Dr. Nathalia Holtzman

Qainat N. Shah 

Virus Emergence in Novel Host Populations: Relationship between
Initial Fitness and Probability of Emergence
Mentor: Dr. John J. Dennehy



David Arastehmanesh 

The Effects of Microinjections of a D1 Antagonist in the
Ventral Tegmental Areaon Cocaine Conditioned Place Preference
Mentor: Dr. Robert Ranaldi 

Daniel Stalbow 

The Effects of Atorvastatin on Vocal Learning and Neurogenesis in the JuvenileZebra Finch
Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Pytte



Ivonne Cruz

Drugs and Natural Reward Processing: Effect of Heroin Exposure on Reward-related Behaviors
Mentor: Dr. Robert Ranaldi

Theologia Karagiorgis

Activation of the Mesotelencephalic Dopamine Reward Pathway Following Oral Sugar and Fat Intake in Rats as Measured by c-fos Immunohistochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Richard Bodnar



Shoshana Korman

Paradox of Dynamic Stability: Neurogenesis Contributes to a Stereotyped Behavior in Songbirds
Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Pytte

Kobi Wasner

Aberrant Song-Related Feedback Alters Lateralized Pattern of Adult Neurogenesis
in Zebra Finch Auditory Region Caudomedial Nidopallium
Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Pytte



John Kalambogias

Microglial Development and Response to Sensory Deprivation in Mouse Barrel Cortex
Mentor: Dr. Joshua C. Brumberg

Erica Rodriguez

Experience-dependent Neuron Survival in Adult Zebra Finches
Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Pytte



Adesh A. Bajnath

The Effect of Sensory Deprivation on Dendritic Spine Density and Morphology
in the Rodent Somatosensory Cortex
Mentor: Dr. Joshua Brumberg 

Carole Parent 

The Relationship Between Neurogenesis and Cell Death
Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Pytte



Jason Abramowitz

The Organization of Myelin in the Mouse Somatosensory Barrel Cortex
and the Effects of Sensory Deprivation on its Development
Mentor: Dr. Joshua Brumberg

Chantal Bruno 

Synergism of BDNF and Sympathetic Neuron Dysfunction
in the Etiology of Perivascular Inflammation
Mentor: Dr. Susan Croll



Yana Abayev

Expression of Fructose-Conditioned Flavor Preferences: Opioid Antagonism
in the Amygdala and in the Nucleus Accumbens Shell and Core Regions
Mentor: Dr. Richard Bodnar

Michelle G. Bubnik

Cluster Analysis of Preschoolers Using Objective Measures of Inattention,
Impulsivity, and Activity Level and Predictive Utility
Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Halperin



Karen Kest

NMDA Antagonism in the Ventral Tegmental Area Impairs Acquisition,
But Not Expression, of Operant Responding
Mentor: Dr. Robert Ranaldi

Samira Zaman

Mentor: Dr. William Farrell


 Office Information

Director: Ray Johnson, Jr., PhD
Psychology Department
Office: Science Building, Room A316
Phone: 718-997-3241

Deputy Director: Carolyn Pytte, PhD
Psychology Department
Office: Razran Building, Room 368
Phone: 718-997-4528


 Related Links


Queens College, CUNY| 65-30 Kissena Blvd.| Queens, NY 11367-1597| Phone: (718) 997-5000 Copyright © 2004-
Queens College is CUNY