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The UNC Neuroscience Center supports outstanding post-doctoral candidates with the Helen Lyng White Fellowships in Neuroscience Research. The Helen Lyng White Fellowships provide funding for one to two years of postdoctoral training in the UNC Neuroscience Center. Successful applicants can choose any Neuroscience Center laboratory for their postdoctoral research. For a list of Neuroscience Center members click here.

Current Fellows (2022-2023)

The Helen Lyng White Selection Committee awarded this prestigious award to three postdoctoral researchers that show great potential in becoming scientific leaders at UNC and beyond. Let us congratulate the three recipients of the Helen Lyng White Fellowship and look forward to the changes they will provide through their research studies.

Scott Albert

Dr. Albert’s research will be focused on studying resilience mechanisms embedded within neural circuits in mice, and specifically using a goal-directed reaching task. This research could provide new insights into how the brain recovers from strokes and is impacted by other debilitating neurological disorders.

Advisor: Adam Hantman, Ph.D. (Department of Cell Biology and Physiology)

Joe Scarborough

Dr. Scarborough’s research focuses on defining the signaling mechanisms that primary cilia utilize in the nervous system.

Advisor: Eva Anton, Ph.D. (Department of Cell Biology and Physiology)

Mengsen Zhang

Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on understanding the inter-brain dynamics of social interaction across multiple spatiotemporal scales – the synchronization of neuronal spiking activities, brain oscillations, and behavior between socially interacting ferrets and how it relates to inter-brain synchronization phenomena in humans.

Advisor: Flavio Frohlich, Ph.D. (Department of Psychiatry)

Past Fellows

2016 – 2018:
Vijay Namboodiri, PhD (Advisor: Garrett Stuber)
Yiyi Yu, PhD (Advisor: Spencer Smith)
Sancar Alagapan, PhD (Advisor: Flavio Frohlich)

2018 – 2019:
Won Ma, PhD (Advisor: Hyejung Won)
Emilie Hollville, PhD (Advisor: Mohanish Deshmukh)

2021 – 2022:
Jeanette Delva-Wiley, PhD (Advisor: Morika Williams)
Geronimo Velazquez-Hernandez, PhD (Advisor: Jose Rodriguez-Romaguera)