Roberto Hernandez (FAU Honors College Senior) was awarded a Research Supplement to Promote Diversity from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. This supplement will fund Hernandez’s work as a Research Assistant in Dr. Greg Macleod’s laboratory for twelve months commencing in June. Hernandez will be working on Macleod’s NIH R01 grant entitled: "Neuronal Mechanisms Controlling Number and Function of Presynaptic Mitochondria”. He presented the results of his undergraduate thesis work performed in Macleod’s laboratory at the Honors College Symposium & Research Day on April 8, 2016 entitled: "Using Flies to Uncover the Basis of a Neurological Deficit in Humans" and graduates in May. When asked about Hernandez’s award, Macleod replied, "I am as excited for Roberto to start as he is. We will be able to conduct some experiments that we wouldn't otherwise get a chance to attempt…the riskier type of experiments that have a greater potential for discoveries."

New Leadership 

FAU’s Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavior, under its newly appointed co-directors, Drs. Alex Keene and Bob Stackman, provides comprehensive training in the foundations of modern neuroscience. Graduates from this program are prepared for diverse careers including medical school or other health care related fields, graduate school, clinical counseling and education.

The Initiative

The Jupiter Life Science Initiative is aimed at building educational and research capabilities in the life sciences on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter, and is a collaborative effort between the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. To learn more, read a message from the director.

Summer Research

Established in memory of the late John Nambu, Professor of Biology,  The John Nambu Memorial Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program  is sponsored by FAU’s Life Science Initiative in Jupiter. Undergraduates are competitively chosen to conduct full-time research in sophisticated neuroscience and behavior-oriented labs while expanding their scientific expertise. The successful undergraduates also spend at least one hour per week with the fellow undergrads in the program and a faculty mentor. Students often complete a thesis through the program. The program runs full-time during the summer, with the option of continuing into the academic year. A summer stipend is provided. The students selected for summer 2016 are: Laura Arango (Macleod lab), Matt Kovic (Keene lab), Priscilla Lauriano (Keene lab), Cici Nicolas (Jia lab), Veronica Nunez (Godenschwege lab), Danielle Riboul (Stackman lab), Claudia Tinoco (Dawson-Scully lab), Keeley Spiess (Blakely lab) and Joseph Balbona (Blakely lab).

Dr. Keene wins Award

Alex The International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society has awarded Alex Keene, Ph.D. of FAU the 2016 IBANGS Young Scientist Award. Recipients of the award must research topics related to the behavioural and neural genetics while making a projected impact in their field. Keene will be delivering the Young Scientist Lecture at the annual IBANGS meeting, to be held this year in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA.   


A research proposal development system that matches critics and forums to ideas and proposals.

WHO are we? You and your community-minded peers. WHAT do we do? We volunteer our time and expertise to get ideas funded. WHY? We want to be part of a dynamic community of interactive colleagues with robust research programs. HOW? We provide a framework for the systematic critique and revision of new ideas and proposals at all stages. WHERE? The Jupiter campus of FAU, 2nd floor conference room of the RE building. WHEN? Every 4 weeks for proposals. More often for new ideas.  SPECIFICS?

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