UAlbany Psychology Department Alumna Awarded Prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for Pioneering Work in Neuroscience

Dr. Sheila Nirenberg, Class of 1983, has been awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Nirenberg is on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College where her research focuses on how the brain encodes information. She also applies her research to alternative approaches to restoring eyesight. As a MacArthur Fellow, Dr. Nirenberg will receive a five-year $625,000 grant to pursue her work.

The fellowship is awarded annually to 20 to 35 individuals who have made, and will likely continue to make, outstanding creative contributions to their field. It is awarded to scientists like Dr. Nirenberg as well as to social scientists, musicians, artists, writers, and individuals in public service.

Dr. Nirenberg graduated from the University at Albany in 1983 with a BA in psychology and a minor in English. She then went to Harvard University where she received her PhD in 1993.

Read more about Dr. Nirenberg and the 23 other 2013 MacArthur Fellows at the MacArthur Foundation website.

Photos courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.