Alexion Dissertation Improvement Award – James Fink

Congratulations to James Fink, graduate student in the Levine Lab, who was one of two recipients to receive the Graduate Student Dissertation Improvement Award (GSDIA).  This $5,000 award was available through a joint partnership with Alexion Pharmaceuticals & GSDIA to support graduate students at UConn & UConn Health whose research in basic biological processes or health applications contributes to discovery, innovation, or the development of products for diagnosis or treatment of rare diseases.

Alexion is a global leader in the development and delivery of breakthrough therapies for patients with severe and life-threatening rare diseases.



New Neuroscience Chair Named

Dr. Riqiang YanSource: Pulse | Issue 89 & UConn Today, November 30, 2017

Leading Alzheimer’s Disease Expert Named Neuroscience Chair

Dr. Riqiang Yan from the Cleveland Clinic has been named the new chair of the Department of Neuroscience. He will join us this spring and establish the medical school’s first research laboratory dedicated to studying and discovering potentially new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurodegenerative disease. Learn more about his internationally recognized research.

Trakhtenberg Lab – Interstellar Initiative honor

Trakthenberg Lab
Guided by Ephraim Trakhtenberg, postdoctoral fellow Juhwan Kim demonstrates microscope-assisted surgery to master’s student Muhammad Sajid (background), undergrad Kathleen Renna, and M.D., Ph.D. student Bruce Rheaume. (Photo by Ethan Giorgetti)

Posted in the UConn Today, September 14, 2017 – Chris DeFrancesco

Ephraim Trakhtenberg, assistant professor of neuroscience, won an Interstellar Initiative honor from the New York Academy of Sciences and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development. Most recently he was awarded “First Place – Outstanding Early Career Investigator Team Presentation in Neurocience.” In March he and collaborator Kumiko Hayashi of Tohoku University in Japan won first place for a research solution proposal in the field of neuroscience. Read more about Dr. Trakhtenberg’s honor and other research awards at UConn Health