Department News and Events

The Department of Neurobiology would like to welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Dorothy "Dori" Schafer, PhD!

Budnik named fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM)

Vivian Budnik, PhD, has been named fellow of the ELAM Program for Women at the Drexel University College for Medicine in Philadelphia.

By Ellie Castano, UMass Medical School Communications - June 20, 2014

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Budnik receives prestigious MERIT award from NIH

Guaranteed long-term funding allows for ‘more incisive and risky approaches’

By Ellie Castano, UMass Medical School Communications - March 12, 2014

Vivian Budnik, PhD, has received a Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) award from the National Institute of Mental Health for her grant The wingless transduction pathway in synapse development. MERIT awards are given to a very small number of researchers who “have demonstrated superior competence and productivity during their previous endeavors and who are likely to continue to perform in an outstanding manner in the future,” according to NIH. 

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Report on monarch butterfly dropoff cites work by Reppert at UMMS

January 31, 2014

In an interview on WBUR radio in Boston, Chip Taylor, founder of Monarch Watch -- a website devoted to tracking the declines in monarch butterfly populations -- cited the work of Steven M. Reppert, chair and professor of neurobiology, as the scientific basis for understanding how monarchs travel and how that ties into recent declines.. For more than a decade, Dr. Reppert's lab has used anatomical, cellular, molecular, electrophysiological, genetic and behavioral approaches to more fully understand the biological basis of monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) migration, with a focus on the butterfly's navigational abilities and its distinctive circadian clock.

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Budnik gets EUREKA grant to study communication between nucleus and cytoplasm

High-risk, high-impact research may lead to new understanding of tissue dystrophies and aging disorders

By Jim Fessenden, UMass Medical School Communications - October 03, 2013

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Marc R. Freeman, PhD, named Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator

Neurobiologist joins five other HHMI investigators at UMMS

By Jim Fessenden, UMass Medical School Communications - May 09, 2013

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