Program Staff

The FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute, a physical embodiment of the Neuroscience Institute—one of four strategic areas designated to advance research and research education—represents more than 70 faculty level neuroscientists from across all FAU campuses. Efforts of the Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute involve the recruitment and resourcing of top flight neuroscience researchers, the development of neuroscience research infrastructure to permit cutting edge research among FAU faculty and students, the distribution of the fruits of research for the betterment of human health, and the organization of community outreach initiatives to educate the next generation of neuroscientists and dispel the stigma associated with many brain disorders. The FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute developed and oversees the GNTP through its Boca Raton Education Office. In 2019, the Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute Research Office and institute-sponsored researchers will relocate to a new, state-of-the art, 72,000 sq ft STEM building on the Jupiter campus.

Randy D. Blakely, Ph.D.

Executive Director,

FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute

Professor, Biomedical Science

Office: MC 17, Room 107, Jupiter Campus

Phone: 561.799.8100


photo of Randy D. Blakely, Ph.D.

The brain is the source of our thoughts and dreams, and is the most complex piece of matter in the known universe. To understand and develop new treatments for brain disorders, we must ensure that we train professional neuroscientists while reaching out to younger minds to fire their imaginations of those who one day could make neuroscience a career. The ASCEND program strives to foster a technically sophisticated and motivated workforce, a goal key to success in the interlocking fields of genetics, cell biology, biophysics, biochemistry, and computer science and engineering, which have merged together to form modern neuroscience.

—Randy Blakely, Ph.D. Executive Director, FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute

Nicole Baganz, Ph.D.

Director of Community Engagement and Programming,

FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute

Research Assistant Professor,

Biomedical Science

Office: MC 17, Room 111, Jupiter Campus

Phone: 561.799.8559


photo of Nicole Baganz, Ph.D.


If are you are interested in this program, please call us at 561.799.8559 or email us at and we will be happy to hear from you and assist you.