Launching Gator NeuroScholars

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This summer, the McKnight Brain Institute is launching a new postdoctoral fellowship program, Gator NeuroScholars, featuring a highly competitive stipend and opportunities to work side-by-side with some of the nation’s top neuroscientists.

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Learn about our Scholars

Department of Physical Therapy

Mehdi Ahmadian

I am driven by a deep curiosity to explore the intricate relationship between the cardiorespiratory system and neurologically mediated conditions and uncover the profound impact of these conditions on cardiovascular and respiratory function.

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Departments of Neuroscience and Neurology

Dr. Adithya Gopinath

My goal is to improve the lives of those affected with diseases, specifically Parkinson’s disease, for which we have a resounding unmet need for better treatments, diagnostics and improved understanding of the fundamentals of disease.

Adithya Gopinath working in the lab of Dr. Habibeh Khoshbouei.

Department of Neuroscience

Dr. John Aaron Howell

I’m driven by the desire to know more and make meaningful contributions to the field of drug discovery and development to treat secondary inflammatory effects of ischemic strokes.

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Dr. Andrea Merchak

I am primarily driven by a desire to understand how our bodies work and what goes wrong during disease. I find the communication between the microbes that live within us and our own bodies fascinating.

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