Katja Brose, PhD
Katja Brose is the inaugural science program officer at the Chan-Zuckerberg Science Initiative, where she contributes to the Initiative’s ambitious mission of accelerating basic science research to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of the 21st Century. Previously, Brose served as the executive editor of the neuroscience portfolio at Cell Press and editor of Neuron where she represented the journal within the scientific community and was responsible for all aspects of the journal’s management, operations, and strategic vision. Brose earned her PhD in biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco, researching on axon guidance mechanisms in the developing spinal cord. She speaks frequently on topics related to scientific communication and the future of neuroscience research and training. Brose is a member of SfN’s Neuroscience Training Committee.
Huda Akil, PhD
Huda Akil is the Gardner Quarton Distinguished University Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry and co-Director of the Molecular AND Behavioral Neuroscience Institute (MBNI) at the University of Michigan. Akil, with Stanley J. Watson and their colleagues, have made seminal contributions to the understanding of the brain biology of emotions, including pain, stress, anxiety and substance abuse. Her current research investigates the genetic and neural mechanisms underlying addiction and mood disorders. Akil and her collaborators provided the first physiological evidence for a role of endorphins in the brain, and showed that endorphins are activated by stress and cause pain inhibition. Her laboratory has developed new genetic animal models of temperament and shown their relevance to human disorders, including addiction and depression. Akil is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM, previously the IOM), American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and National Academy of Sciences. She has served two terms on the Council of the National Academy of Medicine and currently serves on the National Research Council (NRC) review board. In 2013, Akil received the Association of American Medical Colleges Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences. In 2015, she was elected to the Lebanese Academy of Medicine and received the Kuwait Prize in Biomedical Research. Akil is a past SfN president.
Adrienne Fairhall, PhD
Adrienne Fairhall is a professor in the department of physiology and biophysics at the University of Washington (UW) and co-director of the UW Institute for Neuroengineering. The Fairhall lab uses mathematical and statistical methods to study the relationship between neuronal circuitry and functional algorithms of computation. Fairhall’s group collaborates closely with experimental labs to uncover algorithms of information processing in a range of systems, from single neurons to foraging mosquitos to navigating primates.
Elisabeth Van Bockstaele, PhD
Elisabeth Van Bockstaele is a professor of pharmacology and physiology at the Drexel University College of Medicine, where she is also the dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Professional Studies. Van Bockstaele’s main research interests lie in understanding the role that monoaminergic systems play in substance abuse disorders and stress-related illness. She received her BA in biology from Sarah Lawrence College and her PhD and MS in neurobiology from New York University.