Max Planck NeuroMEETS

Max Planck NeuroMEETS:
Neuroscience Meetings for Extramural Emerging TalentS

MPFI is pleased to host Max Planck NeuroMEETS. This seminar series highlights neuroscience research from talented extramural trainees (postdocs and graduate students). Speakers will be invited to give a seminar at MPFI to share their innovative research and will have the opportunity to meet with our faculty members, students, and postdocs for feedback, discussion, and networking.

Interested postdoctoral scholars and graduate students should submit their applications by the stated deadline below to be considered as speakers. Four postdocs and four graduate students will be selected by the evaluation committee and invited for an in-person or virtual (if preferred) visit. Invited speakers will be provided travel and lodging to MPFI in Jupiter, FL where they will give a 45 minute-long seminar and spend the day interacting with our neuroscience community.

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), a nonprofit research organization, is part of the world-renowned Max Planck Society, Germany’s most successful research organization with over 80 institutes worldwide. MPFI brings together exceptional neuroscientists from around the world to answer fundamental questions about brain development and function and to develop new technologies that make groundbreaking scientific discoveries possible. Our campus consists of a rich neuroscience community that includes UF Scripps Biomedical Research, and Florida Atlantic University. Learn more about our campus.

Deadline to Apply

Postdocs: July 15th, 2024. Selected postdocs will be invited in the fall of 2024.

Graduate Students: December 1, 2024. Selected graduate students will be invited in the spring of 2025.

Application Process

The deadline for the 2023-2024 Max Planck NeuroMEETS series has now passed. Applications for our 2024-2025 season will open June 1.

The following materials are required.

  • Current CV
  • Research Seminar Title
  • Research Abstract: In one page or less, please describe the following.
    1) current research: emphasize innovation and impact
    2) future goals: what is the long-term direction and impact of this research
    The inclusion of a schematic or a figure to help communicate your research is highly encouraged.

Please do not include your name, lab, or institution in your research abstract, as reviewers will initially be blinded from applicant’s name, institution, and CV.

Examples of Successful Abstracts

MPFI recognizes that our greatest achievements are often derived from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We are committed to the promotion of inclusion; to raising up traditionally marginalized communities, and to the celebration of the differences that make us unique. We encourage applications from all scientists regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, medical condition, or any other facet of diversity.


Selected Speakers

Max Planck NeuroMEETS is pleased to welcome four outstanding graduate students to share their science with us!

Drew Adler
Grossman School of Medicine, New York University
January 23rd
Microglia regulation of neuronal metabolism and mRNA translation

Anjali Amrarapali Vishwanath
Institut du Cerveau – Paris Brain Institute
March 5th

The interplay of mitochondrial calcium signaling and neuronal function: A metabolic perspective

Alex Winsor
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
April 2nd
Visual object classification in the jumping spider brain

Gowri Somasekhar
University of Arizona
May 28th
Investigating sensorimotor information processing in the midbrain of an echolocating bat


Max Planck NeuroMEETS is pleased to welcome four outstanding postdocs to share their science with us!

Dr. Debosmita Sardar
Baylor College of Medicine
September 28th
Unveiling the hidden layers: How astrocytes genetically encode sense of smell?

Dr. Giacomo Maddaloni 
Harvard University
October 24th
A cellular and circuit mechanism underlying adaptation to changes in day length

Dr. Tingting Zhou
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
November 28th
Altered Thalamocortical Connectivity Underlies Belief-updating Deficits in a Mouse Model with Humanized Schizophrenia Mutation

Dr. Kevin Cury
Columbia University
December 12th
Decisions in an Innate Behavioral Sequence

Previous Speakers


Celine Drieu, Ph.D.
Lukas Groshner, Ph.D.
Megha Sehgal, Ph.D.
Levi Todd, Ph.D.

Graduate Students:
Robin Isadora Brown
Adithya Rajagopalan
Steffen Schneider
Anna Wurz

Selection Committee

Ojasee Bapat

Ph.D. Student

Salil Bidaye

Research Group Leader

McLean Bolton

Research Group Leader

Maria Olvera Caltzontzin

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ruolin Fan

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ilika Ghosh

Postdoctoral Fellow

Raphael Heldman

Ph.D. Student

Yiwei Hua

Ph.D. Student

Hidehiko Inagaki

Research Group Leader

Yihan Jin

Ph.D. Student

Augusto Lempel

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ji-You Min

Ph.D. Student

Marianne Monet

Ph.D. Student

Shouvik Majumder

Ph.D. Student

Akash Pal

Postdoctoral Fellow

Divya Sthanu Kumar

Ph.D. Student

Vidhya Rangaraju

Research Group Leader

Sarah Stern

Research Group Leader

Yingxue Wang

Research Group Leader

Zidan Yang

Ph.D. Student

Zhe Zhao

Postdoctoral Fellow


Lesley Colgan, Ph.D.
Office of Scientific Communications


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