Zubair Ahmed

Molecular and genetic basis of Usher syndrome and oculocutaneous albinism

 Rodolphe Gentili

Brain processes underlying human motor behavior

 Tracy Riggins

Understanding of memory development by examining changes in neural substrates

Samira Anderson

Neural processing of speech across the lifespan

Nobuyuki Ishibashi

How congenital heart disease and subsequent cardiac surgery affect the rapidly developing brain

Rachel Romeo

How children’s early experiences, both favorable and adverse, influence their neural, cognitive, and academic development

Ricardo Araneda

Neuromodulation of olfactory circuits and behaviors

Scott Juntti

How the brain produces social behaviors
Alex Shackman

Understanding the nature and brain bases of anxiety-related states, traits, and disorders

Shawn Burgess

Developing efficient gene knockout technologies in zebrafish, coupled with efficient phenotyping of gene disruptions

  Tim Kiemel

Neural control of movement
Jae Shim

Neural and mechanical mechanisms of locomotion and hand and digit actions
Melissa Caras

Perceptual learning; how training-based improvements are implemented in the brain
  Ellen Lau

Linking what we know about language to what we know about the brain; developing better models of language processing and the neural mechanisms underlying it
Michael Sidorov

How brain circuits are shaped by experience and how these circuits are disrupted in neurodevelopmental disorders

Ethan Cohen

Evaluating the safety and efficacy of cutting edge neuroprosthetic therapies for blindness

Anna Li

Examining neural mechanisms of drug addiction
Carson Smith

How exercise and physical activity affect human brain function and mental health
 Naomi Feldman

Speech representation and statistical learning
Rochelle Newman

Speech perception and language acquisition
Susan Wray

Cell lineage, neuronal migration, and axonal targeting; mechanisms underlying neuronal activity

 Nikolas Francis

Combine methods in animal behavior, neurophysiology, and data analysis to advance basic understanding of how we listen to sound

Colin Phillips

Psycholinguistics, language science

The graduate advisor is a mentor for all aspects of the scientific and professional education of the student. This implies frequent, substantive interaction with the student. The student is expected, through his/her scholarship, to contribute to the mission of the advisor's laboratory, research group, and department.  However, the philosophy of the NACS program is that the advisor serves the student, not vice versa.

The advisor must be a Full Member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park and a NACS faculty member.  Students who want to conduct research with a NACS adjunct faculty member will have co-advisors: The adjunct faculty member acts as the research advisor and the UMD faculty member acts as academic advisor.

Only applicants in whom faculty members have expressed interest in will be considered for admission. Applicants should contact faculty with whom they would like to work prior to submitting their applications. It is best to send a relatively short email (2-3 paragraphs) to the faculty member whose research interests fit with yours.  In the email describe your research interests, background, and goals, and attach your resume. It is fine to ask if the faculty member is taking new students in the coming year (not all faculty take students every year). Initiating steps to network and build collaborative professional relationships is part of being a scientist.

Additional information about the mentor can be found in the NACS Graduate Handbook.

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