Simons Postdoctoral Fellows: In their own words


Photo Credit: Allen Institute | Showcase 2014: Neville Sanjana, Ph.D., Next Generation Leader


“The Simons Fellowship has had an oversize impact on my career and I am extremely grateful for the crucial early stage support. First and foremost, the Simons Fellowship gave me the confidence and freedom to develop a new technology that resulted in several high profile publications.. Beyond this, the Simons Fellowship has connected me with a community of autism researchers. By collaborating with several of these scientists and clinicians, I have found great places to apply the technologies in genome engineering and neural differentiation that I developed in my postdoc.”

– Former Simons Postdoctoral Fellow Neville Sanjana, Ph.D.,
currently Core Member, New York Genome Center; Assistant Professor, New York University Dept. of Biology and Center for Genomics and Systems Biology


“My Simons Fellowship gave me the opportunity to focus on the brain basis of autism… I was able to learn a new technique, simultaneous EEG-fMRI, which had never before been applied to studying autism. Having this breadth of knowledge and the experience and working directly with individuals with autism helped me obtain a professorship in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at
Northwestern University.”

– Former SCSB Schwinn Family Fellow Elizabeth Norton, Ph.D.,
currently Assistant Professor, Northwestern University



Photo Credit: Tufts University


“The Simons Fellowship had three primary impacts on my research and career. First, the Simons Fellowship provided me the opportunity to develop a new line of research on individual differences in early exploration among typically-developing and at-risk infants. Second, I was exposed to the ASD research community more broadly through the series of talks sponsored by the Simons Center. Finally, the research I was able to develop during my fellowship made me a more competitive candidate on the job market for tenure-track faculty positions.”

– Former Simons Postdoctoral Fellow Paul Muentener, Ph.D.,
currently Assistant Professor, Tufts University