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Geoffrey Swanson, PhD
Director

Geoff Swanson, Professor in Pharmacology, serves as the Director of NUIN. He previously served as the NUIN Associate Director, as a faculty advisor, and member of the TGS NUIN Review committee. Geoff’s lab studies physiological processes mediated by glutamate, the predominant excitatory neurotransmitter, in the vertebrate central nervous system.

Contact Me:
  • 312-503-1052
  • Chicago: Lurie 8-119
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Daniel Dombeck, PhD
Associate Director, Evanston Campus

Dan Dombeck, Associate Professor in Neurobiology, serves as the Associate Director in Evanston. He previously served as the co-Chair of the Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration Area and Qualifying Exam Committee. Dan's lab studies mammalian spatial navigation and spatial memory.

Contact Me:
  • 847-467-0475
  • Evanston: Pancoe 2-409
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Gregory Schwartz
Associate Director, Chicago Campus

Greg Schwartz, Associate Professor in Ophthalmology and Neuroscience, serves as the Associate Director in Chicago. He previously served as the Chair of the NUIN Admission Committee and as a member of the NUIN Advisory Board. Greg’s research program focuses on circuits in the retina and the early visual system in mice.

Contact Me:
  • 312-503-7503
  • Chicago: Tarry 5-733
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Jena Pitman-Leung, PhD
Assistant Director

Jena Pitman-Leung is a NUIN Alum (2007 graduate) who has worked as a Drosophila neurobiologist, sleep and career development consultant, and academic administrator. Please refer to Jena for:

  • Program activities and budget
  • Advising: Rotations and laboratory questions/concerns
  • Student groups, admin contact (except NUBAO, see Cassandra) 
  • TGS and NUIN policies, NUIN Handbook 
  • NUIN Curriculum 
  • TA assignments 
  • If you’re not sure who to ask

Zoom Office hours are Monday, 3:00-4:00pm

Contact Me:
  • Evanston: 847-467-4246
    Chicago: 312-503-4308
  • Evanston: Hogan 2-171
    Chicago: Morton 1-645
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Cassandra VanDunk, PhD
Assistant Director NU PREP, Manager of Training and Program Development

Cassandra VanDunk is a developmental neurobiologist by training and currently works as a program administrator with a focus on inclusion. 

  • NUIN Administered T32 information, applications, appointments, etc.
  • NU PREP Scholar Inquiries
  • NRSA application assistance
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives and Efforts

Zoom office hours are Tuesday 3:00-4:00pm

Contact Me:
  • 312-503-2742
  • Chicago: Ward 1-330
    EV: Hogan 2-095
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Stephanie Valtierra, PhD
Senior Program Coordinator

Stephanie Valtierra is a NUIN Alum (2017 graduate) who has studied prion folding in neurodegeneration, and has worked in student career development and support. Please refer to Stephanie for:

  • Classes and registration
  • Rotation requirements
  • Milestone and related paperwork including committee meetings, seminar requirement, graduation planning etc
  • GSTS data entry 
  • Scheduling of thesis proposal and committee meetings (the Program Assistant does not schedule these meetings) 

Zoom office hours are Thursday 1:00-2:00pm

Contact Me:
  • 847-491-5033
  • Chicago: Morton 1-645
    EV: Hogan 2-171
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Asta Stekovic
Financial Coordinator

Asta Stekovic joined NUIN in 2019 after a career in finance and computer science in the business sector. Please refer to Asta for:

  • Everything finance (NUIN, NUIN administered T32, PREP)
  • Reimbursements 
  • Awards, including thesis proposal awards, travel awards, NTF 
  • Charges on student accounts

Zoom office hours are Wednesday 11:00-12:00pm

Contact Me:
  • 847-491-5033
  • Evanston: Hogan 2-171
Prgram Assisan

Melissa Moore
Program Assistant

Melissa received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Universidad Autónoma del Caribe in Columbia. She worked as an Administrative Assistant for the President of the Colegio San Jose for 5 years before moving to the US, where she has since honed her organization, teaching, and multi-tasking skills as a childcare provider to two lucky families.

Please refer to Melissa for:

  • Room/Zoom booking
  • Website questions
  • Listservs
  • NUIN@
  • General inquiries
Contact Me:
  • 312-503-4300
  • Chicago: Morton 1-645

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