Gator NeuroScholar: Dr. John Aaron Howell

portrait of a postdoc
Dr. John Aaron Howell

Lab of Eduardo Candelario-Jalil, Ph.D.

Department: Neuroscience

Age: 27

Hometown: Bentonia, Mississippi

Doctorate from: University of Mississippi Medical Center

Research focus: Drug discovery and development to treat secondary inflammatory effects of ischemic strokes.

What drives me: A desire to know more and make meaningful contributions to the field. I’m also motivated by the fact that I am a first-generation college student eager to succeed beyond what I thought possible.

Something few people know about me: Two Truths and a Lie: 1) I have run two full marathons. 2) I am a middle child. 3) I was born on my kitchen floor. Find me in the MBI for the answer!

My favorite food: I’m quite an adventurous eater, and I enjoy a large variety of different cuisines. I can’t say I have a true “favorite.”

In my free time, I like to: I enjoy reading, running and spending time with friends.

I got exposed to neuroscience research as an undergrad, studying sexual differentiation of the zebra finch, a bird species native to Australia. I was studying these birds for my Honors College thesis and realized that I really enjoyed the critical thinking that goes into research. And I decided I wanted to do that for a career.”

McKnight Brain Institute

Gator NeuroScholars Highlight Series

This post was published as part of a larger article on Gator NeuroScholars, a new postdoctoral fellowship program. At UF’s McKnight Brain Institute, postdocs come from across the globe, attracted by access to renowned neuroscientists and pioneers in their fields who serve as mentors and by a wide array of leading scientific programs ranging from cognitive aging and brain tumors to Alzheimer’s disease and respiratory physiology.

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