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Congratulations to Austin Coley, recipient of a F99/K00 fellowship from the NIH/NINDS!

January 18, 2018

Congratulations to Austin Coley, recipient of a NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00) from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke!

Austin Coley is a neurobiology PhD student in the laboratory of Wen-Jun Gao, PhD in the department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, which aims to understand the molecular and functional underpinnings of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. His research focuses on postsynaptic density 95 (PSD-95), a highly abundant protein involved in excitatory synaptic transmission, synaptic maturation and plasticity in the central nervous system. His project focuses on postsynaptic density 95 (PSD-95), a highly abundant protein that is involved in excitatory synaptic transmission, synaptic maturation and plasticity in the central nervous system.

Read more about Austin on the Drexel College of Medicine website.


The purpose of the NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award is to support a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research. This two-phase award will facilitate completion of the doctoral dissertation and transition of talented graduate students to strong neuroscience research postdoctoral positions, and will provide career development opportunities relevant to their long-term career goal of becoming independent neuroscience researchers.
 
NIH Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Awards (F99/K00) are individual fellowships intended to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent researchers. The award facilitates the transition of talented graduate students into successful research postdoctoral appointments.