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April 2021

From the inside out: Making sense of schizophrenia

From the inside out: Making sense of schizophrenia

The senses — which serve as our brain’s window to the outside world — may play a key role in schizophrenia. Just before the pandemic hit, a team of researchers joined the psychiatrists in the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience, bringing with them research innovation that aims to change how we understand and treat schizophrenia. Each researcher is looking to the brain for answers from different perspectives.

Q&A with Ian Fibelkorn, Ph.D.

Q&A with Ian Fibelkorn, Ph.D.

Ian Fiebelkorn, Ph.D., joined the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience in January 2021 as an assistant professor in Neuroscience. He received his B.A. in Neuroscience from Hamilton College and went on to complete his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from The City College of New York. His research aims to understand how the brain selects the information that is most relevant to our behavioral goals, while also filtering out distracting information.

Postdoctoral Spotlight: Rianne Stowell, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Spotlight: Rianne Stowell, Ph.D.

Rianne Stowell, Ph.D., (’19) is a postdoctoral associate in the lab of Kuan Wang, Ph.D. Her research focuses on adolescent development of the dopaminergic system, the collection of
neurons in the brain that synthesize and release dopamine — the neurotransmitter most commonly associated with the feeling of pleasure.