2023 INSPIRE Symposium

INSPIRE is a prestigious symposium sponsored by the Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine devoted to advancing research excellence in the early stages of a scientist’s career. Senior graduate students are brought to St. Louis to present their thesis work and expand their scientific network at WashU.

The 2023 INSPIRE Symposium was held on May 8.

Visit the INSPIRE page for information on the 2024 INSPIRE Symposium.


Maria Ahmad

Maria Ahmed
Advisor: Eleanor “Josie” Clowney, PhD, University of Michigan
Hacking development to test models of sensory coding

Priscilla Ambrosi

Priscilla Ambrosi
Advisor: Talia N. Lerner, PhD, Northwestern University
Striatonigrostriatal circuits for disinhibition of dopamine signaling: New evidence challenges habit formation mechanism

David Brann

David Brann
Advisor: Sandeep R. Datta, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School
A transcriptional rheostat couples past activity to future sensory responses

Salwan Butrus

Salwan Butrus
Advisor: Karthik Shekhar, PhD, UC Berkeley
Vision-dependent specification of cell types and function in the developing cortex

Alex Chen

Alex Chen
Advisors: Florian Engert, PhD, Harvard University, and Misha Ahrens, PhD, HHMI Janelia Research Campus
Astrocyte-neuron interactions mediating behavioral state transition and fast antidepressant action

Nghia Nguyen

Nghia Nguyen
Advisor: Mark Andermann, PhD, Harvard University
Cortical reactivations predict future sensory responses

Julie Ouellette

Julie Ouellette
Advisor: Baptiste Lacoste, PhD, University of Ottawa
Metabolic defects in 16p11.2-deficient mouse brain endothelial cells

I-Hao Wang

I-Hao Wang
Advisor: Paul Greer, PhD, University of Massachusetts
Spatial transcriptomic reconstruction of the mouse olfactory glomerular map suggests principles of odor processing

Questions? Please email neuroscience-inspireqs@wustl.edu.