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Dayu Lin, PhD, Named to Prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship

Young Scientist Named Among 126 'Rising Stars' in Science

Dayu Lin, PhD, assistant professor, Departments of Physiology and Neuroscience and Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center was recently named among the 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers to receive the Sloan Research Fellowship for 2012, which have been presented every year since 1955 to promising early-career scientists by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

“We are so pleased to have Dr. Lin’s passion and dedication to advancing neuroscience recognized among some of the best young scientists today,” said Richard Tsien, DPhil, the Druckenmiller Professor of Neuroscience, Chair of the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience and Director of the Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center. “Her success is representative of the breadth and depth of talent and commitment to innovation that forms the framework of our neuroscience community and allows us to drive the best fundamental research and clinical application of original discoveries.”

Dr. Lin’s research revolves around the neurobiology of instinctual social interaction, including fear, aggression and mating habits. Her studies probe how circuits underlying aggression change with genetic manipulation and her research involves a combination of optogenetics – the use of lights to turn neurons on and off – and electrophysiology techniques.

Sloan Research fellowships are presented across eight scientific fields—chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics. Winners are nominated by their fellow scientists and selected through close cooperation with the scientific community. The fellowship comes with a grant of $50,000 over a two-year period to further their research.

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