Samira Anderson

Neural processing of speech across the lifespan

 Rodolphe Gentili

Brain processes underlying human motor behavior

Rachel Romeo

How children's early experiences influence their neural, cognitive, and academic development

Juan Angueyra

How the cells and circuits in the retina are built during development

Matthew Goupell

How brains of people with cochlear implants process sounds and understand speech

Alex Shackman

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

Ricardo Araneda

Neuromodulation of olfactory circuits and behaviors

Kazue Hashimoto-Torii

How the normal and adverse prenatal environment shapes the cognition

Shihab Shamma

Representation of the acoustic signal at various levels in mammalian auditory systems

Edward Bernat

Brain mechanisms that underlie individual differences in cognitive and affective processing

Dalia Haydar

Designing effective, long-lasting, and safe cellular immunotherapies for childhood brain cancer

Michael Sidorov

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

Daniel Butts

Developing larger theories of system-level function in the visual and other sensory systems

Jens Herberholz

Animal behavior and its control by the nervous system

Joshua Singer

How the output of a neural circuit reflects the behaviors of the individual synapses and neurons that compose it

Michael Caiola

Identifying diagnostic and therapeutic biomarkers for neurological disease

William Idsardi

Human speech sounds and speech sound systems in language

Carson Smith

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

Melissa Caras

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

Scott Juntti

Identifying genes and neurons that regulate social behaviors

Colenso Speer

Development and plasticity of neural circuits for sensory perception

Caroline Charpentier

Uncovering the behavioral and neural computations involved in human social and affective decision-making

Anna Li

Examining neural mechanisms of drug addiction

Jason Triplett

Genetic and activity-dependent cues that direct proper wiring in the brain

Michael Dougherty

Investigation of memory, attention, and decision processes

Jared Novick

Behavioral and neurobiological interplay among language, memory, and cognitive control

Juan Uriagereka

Analyzing syntactic operations in terms of matrix products of different sorts

Yasmeen Faroqi-Shah

Understanding the the new underpinnings of language

Luiz Pessoa

Interactions between cognition and emotion/motivation in the human brain

Susan Wray

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

Naomi Feldman

Speech representation and statistical learning

Tracy Riggins

Understanding of memory development by examining changes in neural substrates

Weizhan Xie (Zane)

Human memory and cognition in both healthy and aging/clinical populations

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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