Faculty Leadership and Committees


David McLean (Director)
Geoffrey Swanson (Associate Director)

Advisory Board

David McLean (Chair)
Ana Maria Acosta
Tom Bozza
Christine DiDonato
Marco Gallio
CJ Heckman

Liming Li
Gianmaria Maccaferri
Tiffany Schmidt
Greg Schwartz
Geoff Swanson
Catherine Woolley

Concentration Area Directors 

Indira Raman (Cellular Neurophysiology)
Tom Bozza (Molecular and Developmental Neuroscience)
Dan Dombeck, Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy (Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience)

Admissions Committee (2016-2017)

Greg Schwartz (Chair)
Ana Maria Acosta
Donna Bridge
John Disterhoft
Changiz Geula
Marco Martina
Joe Mazzulli
Puneet Opal
Hande Ozdinler
Tiffany Schmidt
Vicki Tysseling
Christina Zelano
Beverly Wright

Curriculum Committee

Tom Bozza (Chair)
Jim Baker
CJ Heckman
Thorsten Kahnt
Dave McLean
Joel Voss

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
CJ Heckman                                            Christine DiDonato                               Liming Li
Gianmaria Maccaferri                              Catherine Woolley
Tiffany Schmidt

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)                    Schnaude Dorizan
John Disterhoft                                    Clarissa Valdez
Changiz Geula

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.

Yongchao Ma (Chair)
Yongling Zhu

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)
Jason Sanchez
Greg Schwartz