Jeffrey Stirman, Ph.D., awarded a grant of $500,000 as part of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) program.
This award recognizes his excellent and important technical contributions to biomedical science, and will support his early career. Jeff’s early training was in physics, and he published several first-authors papers in the field. He later earned a PhD in Bioengineering, where he created sophisticated optical devices for patterned optogenetic stimulation of freely moving animals. Most recently, he developed new imaging technology to measure neural activity in different parts of the brain simultaneously, with single neuron resolution. He is using the system to better understand function of neural circuitry, and what might be disrupted in complex neurological diseases including autism. Jeff is a postdoc in Spencer Smith’s lab, which is part of the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, the Neuroscience Center, and the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities.