External Fellowship & Award Recipients

  • NRSA Fellowships

NRSA Fellowships

Vivian (Jonathan) Dickens

Mapping the Neurocognitive architecture of reading
Patrick Malone

Investigating the neural mechanisms of vibrotactile speech perception
Valerie Darcey

Influence of Omega-3 Intake on the Neural Bases of Adolescent Alcohol Initiation
Amanda DiBattista

Effect of ibuprofen and Alzheimer’s risk genotype, APOE, on brain structure and function in mice
Carissa Winland

Neuroinflammatory effects on striatal Ca2+-permeable AMPA and kainate receptors
Mackenzie Fama

Using self-reported inner speech to guide treatment for anomia
Frank Fishburn

Neural basis of working memory and inhibitory control in ASD children using NIRS
Gustavo Rodriguez

Effects of APOE on neuronal network dynamics using multi-electrode arrays
Summer Rozzi

Mechanisms of Tat neurotoxicity: The role of mitochondria
William Hayward

Investigating subjective experience of inner speech in aphasia
Bridget Queenan

Homeostatic regulation of mossy fiber-CA3 synapses in mature hippocampal gain control
Sonya Dumanis

The Effects of APOE on Neuronal Networks
Rachel Wurzman

A role for ephrins-A2, -A3, & -A5 in excitatory synaptic development and function in the striatum
Lauren Orefice

The role of local BDNF synthesis in spine morphogenesis
Evan Gordon

Effect of COMT genotype on functional organization during working memory and rest
Elizabeth West

The role of the orbitofrontal cortex in goal-directed behavior
Monika Mellem

Brain oscillatory dynamics in lexical-semantic processing
Patrick Forcelli

Striatal sequelae of perinatal anticonvulsant drug treatment
Emily Waterhouse

The effect of SNPS in the Human BDNF 3’UTR on Energy Homeostasis
Danielle Evers

Regulation of NSF and AMPA receptor by serum inducible kinase
Sakura Minami

The role of Fyn in the pathogenic processes of Alzheimer’s disease
Jeremy Purcell

An fMRI study of the neural substrates underlying both reading and spelling
Filip Vanevski

Regulation of Local BDNF Synthesis in Dendrites
Kristen Ade

Inhibitory Control of Medium Spiny Neurons
Ericka Burgos-Ruiz

Interaction of Attention and Emotion in Childhood ADHD
Laura Cocas

Genetic Interactions at the Cortical Striatal Border
Laurie Glezer

Investigating the neural code for single-word reading
Angela Holmes

The Control of Nonhuman Primate Motor and Emotional Behavior
Elizabeth Lacey

Factors Affecting Maintenance of New Learning in Aphasia
Amber Leaver

Functional neuroanatomy of auditory object perception
Robert Naumann

Neural Encoding of Communication Sounds in the Amygdala
Casandra Cartagena

Cyp46 regulation of cholesterol efflux and ABeta
Alexis Jeannotte

Alpha- & Gamma-Synuclein Modulation of the NET After Anti- depressants
Sunbin Song

Time of Day and Aging in Implicit/Explicit Learning
Judith Lytle

Functional Characteristics of NGPCs After SCI
Jill Weisberg

fMRI Studies of the Visual System in Deaf Individuals
Samantha Crowe

Excitotoxic Injury: A Role for DNA Repair
Maureen Cruz

Vago-vagal Reflexes: Role of CNS GABAB Receptors
Stuart Washington

Hemispheric Lateralization for Audiovocal Communication
Rachel Nosheny

Gp120-Mediated Cell Death in the Basal Ganglia
Sean Rogers

Semantic Loss in Alzheimer’s and Semantic Dementia
Laurie Wellman

The amygdala’s role in socioemotional behavior
Peter Turkeltaub

fMRI Studies of Cognitive Skill Acquisition in Children
Helen Yankovich

Aging and Implicit Learning of Dynamic Systems
Laila Zai

Cell Proliferation after Contusive Spinal Cord Injury
Selamawit Negash

Predoctoral Fellowship Program
Kimberly Ballard

Interactions of Opioids and Cytokines in a Stress Model
Rachelle Toman

Sphingosine 1 Phosphate Receptor and Neurite Retraction
Brandon Zielinski

Auditory-visual integration in speech perception
John Agnew

fMRI studies of motor skills in dyslexia
Cherie Marvel

Implicit learning of covariation in schizophrenia
Karin Japikse

Predoctoral Fellowship Program
Penelope Kuhn

Predoctoral Fellowship Program


NSF Fellowships



Marisa Laws


Kelly Michaelis Investigating the neural mechanisms of temporal binding during multisensory integration


Vivianne Greenwood Novel mechanism for exosome-mediated communication between neurons and oligodendrocytes


Erika Raven Iron and Adolescents: Do peripheral and brain iron concentrations impact cognition in early adolescents?


Scott Miles The neural basis for proficiency in music performance as compared to proficiency in second language acquisition: A simultaneous fMRI/ERP study.


Laura Erickson Audiovisual Integration training and the McGurk Effect


Justyna Mach Reading and the bilingual brain: Does the age of second language acquisition affect the extent of neural substrate overlap?


Sonya Dumanis Overlap betweenthe brain and the immune system:Understanding Alpha-synuclein’s rolein Peripheral Immune Cells


Clara Scholl How seeing becomes achieving: What are the neural mechanisms underlying practice-induced changes in performance of a visual categorization task?


Robin Wood  


Laura Gehl  

Other Fellowships

2019 Shady El Damaty Mistletoe Foundation Research Fellowship
2016 Erika Raven Marshall Scholarship
2016 Shady El Damaty NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship in STEM
2015 Mackenzie Fama American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation – New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship
2015 Valerie Darcey Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation – Commission on Dietetic Registration Diversity Scholarship
2015 Rachael Harrington American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship – Noninvasive Stimulation of Intact Premotor Cortex Enhances Reaching Ability in Severely Impaired Patients after Stroke
2015 Scott Miles COSMOS Fellowship – The neurocognition of learning a new musical system
2013 Frank Fishburn Autism Speaks Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowship – Functional Connectivity during Working Memory in Children with ASD: A NIRS Study
2013 Sonya Dumanis COSMOS Fellowship – Glutamine- A Potential New Biomarker for Alzheimer’s Disease Risk
2012 Patricia Washington COSMOS Fellowship – Reversing ApoE Genotype-Specific
Susceptibility to Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology after Traumatic Brain Injury
2011 Patrick Forcelli COSMOS Fellowship – Optogenetic Control of Seizures
2010 Lauren Ullrich COSMOS Fellowship – Recognition memory in mild cognitive
2009 Patricia Washington COSMOS Fellowship – A novel autoimmune response following
traumatic brain injury
2009 Patrick Forcelli Epilepsy Society Fellowship
2008 Scott Paluszkiewicz Canadian MRC Fellowship

Dr. Zofia Zukowska Awards: Excellence In Thesis Research (Georgetown University Medical Center)

View Dr. Zofia Zukowska Awardees’ profiles.

2018 Patrick Malone | Zukowska Award Recipient
2017 Mackenzie Fama | Zukowska Award Recipient
2016 Summer Rozzi | Zukowska Award Recipient
2015 Amanda DiBattista| Zukowska Award Recipient
2014 Laura Erickson | Zukowska Award Recipient
2013 Evan Gordon | Zukowska Award Recipient