This center leverages the strengths of Carnegie Mellon in cognitive and computational neuroscience and those of the University of Pittsburgh in basic and clinical neuroscience to support a coordinated cross-university research and educational program of international stature.


CNBC ECR Seminar Series
Dec 2 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Sikoya Ashburn, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Title: “Cerebellar involvement in developmental dyslexia”


Natalia Sánchez, PhD

Assistant Professor of Research, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, University of Southern California

Title: “It pays to be asymmetric: What we have learned from assessing the energetics of gait adaptation”

Zoom information for these talks can be found in the email announcements or you can reach out to Andreea Bostan at

The CNBC is hosting an inaugural Early Career Research (ECR) Seminar Series. This series features traditionally underrepresented and minority neuroscientists at early career stages (senior graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-stage faculty), who are actively conducting exciting work in fields relevant to the CNBC community. A main goal of the seminar series is to create a platform for outstanding young scientists from diverse backgrounds to share their research and network with the CNBC community.

Because of COVID-19, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Sessions will be virtual. Each session will feature a 30-minute talk from a trainee and a 30-minute talk from an early-career faculty speaker.

Organizing Committee:

  • Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD – Associate Professor, Pitt Psychiatry
  • Andreea Bostan, PhD – Research Assistant Professor, Pitt Neurobiology
  • Kate Hong, PhD – Assistant Professor, CMU Biological Sciences & CMNI
  • Millie Rincon-Cortes, PhD – Research Assistant Professor, Pitt Neuroscience
  • Afonso Silva, PhD – Professor, Pitt Neurobiology
  • Sierra Stringfield, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow, Pitt Psychiatry
  • Gelsy Torres-Ovideo, PhD – Associate Professor, Pitt Bioengineering
  • Sossena Wood, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow, CMU Biomedical Engineering
  • Timothy Verstynen, PhD – Associate Professor, CMU Psychology & CMNI

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Neuroscience Institute Speaker Series: Michael Yartsev
Dec 3 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

For the zoom link to this talk, please contact or

Michael Yartsev, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Engineering

Robertson Investigator, New York Stem Cell Foundation

Helen Wills Institute of Neuroscience Graduate Program

UC Berkeley Biophysics Graduate Program

UC Berkeley-UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering

University of California at Berkeley

Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:00pm E.T.

Studying the Neural basis of Complex Spatial, Social and Acoustic Behaviors – in Freely Behaving and Flying Bats


Our lab seeks to understand the neural basis of complex spatial, acoustic and social behaviors in mammals. To do so, we take a neuroethological approach that leverages the specialization of the bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus) for these behaviors in order to elucidate their underlying neural computations. In the spatial domain, we take advantage of the bat’s ability to elegantly navigate during high-speed flight and under varying levels of spatial complexities. In the social-acoustic domain, we utilize the bat’s social communication signals to understand how these are learned and later used during natural group social interactions. In parallel, we have pioneered a suite of cutting-edge technologies that make it possible to study the behavior and neural circuits in freely behaving and flying bats to examine these systems in a way not previously possible. In this talk, I provide an overview of some of the research topics our lab has been working on over the past few years and also emphasizing some of the future directions in which the lab is heading.

Neurobiology: Bianca Jones @ Online
Dec 9 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Bianca Jones Marlin, PhD
Assistant Professor
Columbia University

Talk title TBA

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