Long before he became a distinguished research professor of mathematics at Florida State University, Richard Bertram was a curious graduate student who joined the Society for Mathematical Biology in hopes of further connecting his interests and research in math and biology. He first attended the organization’s annual meeting in the early 1990s on his own, without knowing anyone there.
"Isn’t it just so beautiful?” Florida State University associate professor of neuroscience Wen Li asks, gazing at the image on her computer screen, smiling from ear to ear. Li looks at MRI scans of a human brain the way many people look at a colorful sunset, and her passion for neuroscience and clinical psychology is undeniably infectious.
Four Florida State University College of Arts and Sciences students have earned research grants through the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP).
A researcher in Florida State University’s Program in Neuroscience has received a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate how the brain encodes information about food and how this information affects an individual’s overall eating habits and food choices.
Cecilia Bouaichi is a fourth-year doctoral student pursuing a degree through the Program in Neuroscience, which is an interdisciplinary program with participation from Florida State University’s Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Psychology, (both part of the College of Arts and Sciences) as well as FSU’s College of Medicine. In 2017, Bouaichi earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After graduating, she worked for pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly for a year as a biochemical assay biologist, or someone who detects, quantifies and or studies the binding or activity of a biological molecule, like an enzyme, before starting her doctoral track at FSU.
Guillermo Penela is a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree through the Program in Neuroscience, which is an interdisciplinary program with participation from Florida State University’s College of Medicine as well as the Department of Biological Science and Department of Psychology, both part of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is pursuing a double major in public health through FSU’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. He has also been an organic chemistry and general chemistry tutor at the Academic Center for Excellence since Fall 2021. After graduation, Penela plans to attend medical school in hopes of becoming a surgeon.
Florida State University researchers have identified a new pathway in the brain that plays an important role in our response to fear.
Xiaobing Zhang, an assistant professor with the FSU Program in Neuroscience and the Department of Psychology, has received a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, to study how certain neural circuits in the brain regulate eating behaviors.
When Caitlyn Edwards checked her email in July and learned she received a prestigious award, her first thought was to call her sister, Ashley. But, she wasn’t so much hoping her sister would offer congratulations, as she was eager for Ashley to check her own email.
Florida State University researchers have identified a link between two key parts of the brain that play significant roles in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and depression.
Oxytocin’s role in regulating and influencing social behavior is well known. Numerous ongoing clinical trials are focusing on the levels of the hormone in the brain, but now a Florida State University research team has found evidence that oxytocin receptors outside of the brain may play an important role in shaping social behavior.
Johanna Marquez Diaz is a senior majoring in behavioral neuroscience in the FSU Program in Neuroscience and minoring in chemistry, both programs that are part of the College of Arts and Sciences.