Garret Stuber, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and cell biology & physiology, received the 2015 Gill Transformative Investigator Award from Indiana University for his contributions to cellular and molecular neuroscience. This week, he was presented the award and a $10,000 prize at the annual Gill Symposium at the Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Science, which is dedicated to advancing our understanding of complex biological processes and to training the next generation of scientists, especially in the field of neuroscience.
Stuber, who is also a member of the UNC Neuroscience Center, uses various techniques including optogenetics to uncover the brain circuitry involved in overeating and to reveal images showing that nearly identical neurons are involved in different brain functions.
“Garret Stuber’s work has been truly transformative in identifying and manipulating precise neural circuits underlying motivated behaviors ranging from reward to aversion,” said Andrea Hohmann, PhD, the Linda and Jack Gill Chair of Neuroscience, and professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. “The power of his research program comes from his multidisciplinary approach that employs cutting-edge techniques, including optogenetics, circuit mapping, in vivo and in vitro neurophysiological recordings, and imaging.”
You can read more about Stuber’s career as a young scientist and his work at the UNC School of Medicine in this Five Questions feature.