Faculty Leadership and Committees
Anis Contractor (Director)
David McLean (Associate Director)
Sally McIver (Assistant Director)
Anis Contractor (Chair)
Ana Maria Acosta
Concentration Area Directors
Indira Raman (Cellular Neurophysiology)
Tom Bozza (Molecular and Developmental Neuroscience)
Dave McLean (Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience)
Admissions Committee (2015-2016)
Greg Schwartz (Chair)
Ana Maria Acosta
Alfred George, Jr.
Tom Bozza (Chair)
Advising and Progress to Degree Committee
This committee exists to “check in” on advanced students and to serve as a resource for advanced students should problems arise that are most appropriately handled outside of the laboratory or thesis committee environment. Students should feel comfortable approaching any member of this committee should the need arise.
First Year Advisors Second Year Advisors Senior Student Advisor
Dan Dombeck Raj Awatramani Liming Li
CJ Heckman Christine DiDonato
Committee for Underrepresented Minority Affairs
The charge of this committee is (1) to engage in active recruiting of underrepresented minority prospective graduate students by regularly visiting and building connections with specific institutions; and (2) to participate in advising activities for students who matriculate.
Faculty Members: Student Members:
Ana Maria Acosta (Chair) Clarissa Valdez
John Disterhoft Stephanie Valtierra
Committee for International Student Affairs
The charge of this committee is to initiate activities with international students (either individually, in groups of exclusively international students, or in groups including domestic students) that smooth the transition that these students must make to live and work in this country. This committee compliments the International Office in providing support on issues unique to international students (e.g., dealing with English as a second language, adapting to new academic expectations in the US system, navigating a new country/culture, directing students to resources on visas, OPT year, taxes etc.) and helping/encouraging international students to be active participants in the NUIN program.
JC Cang (Chair)
Committee for Postdoctoral Affairs
The charge of this committee is to initiate interactions with postdocs and to cultivate among them a sense of belonging to a wider Northwestern neuroscience community. This committee works with The Graduate School’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (headed by Jennifer E. Hobbs) to direct postdocs to various resources (e.g. professional development, career planning) and, as necessary, offer faculty advising independent of the postdoc’s own laboratory. More information about Postdocs in NUIN can be found here.
Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy (Chair)