Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition

The CNBC is the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University’s joint neuroscience research and education program.


CNBC Postdoc Writing Group
Sep 29 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

CNBC Postdoc Writing Group

Fridays, 2-4pm

Contact: Andrew Gerlach (

Location is typically Zoom: (Passcode: 1234)

Description: Two hour block dedicated to writing papers, grants, reviews, etc. We use the Pomodoro system of 25 min blocks with 5 min breaks in between to chitchat.

There’s a group of ~10 people who attend semi-regularly. On any given week, it’s typical to have 3-5 people. It’s used for accountability and setting aside a dedicated chunk of time for writing (although some people use it for analysis or whatever else they may need to focus on). It’s also been helpful in building a postdoc community.

Please reach out to Andrew with any questions!

PhD Defense: Brandon Thomas Bizup
Oct 3 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

PhD Dissertation Defense and Final Examination
by Brandon Thomas Bizup
of the School of Medicine
Center for Neuroscience – School of Medicine/Neurobiology Graduate Program

“The Duality of Zinc Signaling in Normal and Pathological Auditory Processing”

Tuesday October 3, 2023, 9:00AM
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Room 6014

Major Advisor:  Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD
Chairperson:  Amantha Thathiah, PhD
Committee Members:  
      Christopher L. Cunningham, PhD          
      Christopher Donnelly, PhD
       George Michalopoulos, MD, PhD
       Michael Michaelides, PhD

Seminar: “Translational tools for mapping and modulating the brain”
Oct 3 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Hearing Research Center, 

Department of Otolaryngology,  

Seminars in Auditory Science Presents: 

“Translational tools for mapping and modulating the brain”

Michael Michaelides, PhD

Chief, Biobehavioral Imaging and Molecular Neuropsychopharmacology Unit

Investigator, National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH Intramural Research Program

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Department

Johns Hopkins University

Tuesday October 3, 3:00p

Eye and Ear Institute, Room 520