GIA: Participating Labs


The following individuals will have imaging oriented laboratories at the MBL during the summer of 2013 and have agreed to sponsor Grass Imaging Awardees. Please contact them directly if you are interested in a collaboration.

George Augustine

Duke-NUS Medical School and Korea Institute of Science and Technology,

    • Optogenetic mapping of brain circuitry
    • Molecular mechanisms of vesicle trafficking at the squid giant synapse

Scott Brady

University of Illinois Chicago,

    • Real-time imaging of fast axonal transport
    • Molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration using squid giant axon

Larry Cohen

Yale University,

    • Imaging brain activity using wide-field and 2-photon microscopy
    • Developing fluorescent protein sensors of membrane potential

William Green

University of Chicago,

    • Imaging trafficking of synaptic receptors (AMPA,NMDA,and nACh)

Elizabeth Jonas

Yale University,

    • Fluorescent imaging of tagged mitochondrial ion channels
    • Imaging of ATP-FRET in living neurons
    • Genetically encoded calcium imaging

Len Kaczmarek

Yale University,

    • Imaging channel modulation by biochemical pathways, including phosphorylation and protein synthesis

U. Benjamin Kaupp

Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (CAESAR, Germany),

    • Actions of photo-switchable K+ channel blockers in sperm

Gordon Shepherd

Northwestern University,

    • In vivo 2-photon imaging of sound-evoked activity in mouse auditory cortex

Thanos Tzounopoulos

University of Pittsburgh,

    • In vivo imaging of synaptic zinc release in response to auditory stimuli

Joshua Zimmerberg


    • Membrane remodeling and plasma membrane organization of the squid optic lobe


If you have a lab at the MBL and would like to be included in this list, please contact the Grass Foundation at

  • American Epilepsy Society +

    Robert S. Morison Fellowship

    This fellowship was created in honor of the contributions of Dr. Morison, one of the founding Trustees of The Grass Foundation. The Fellowship is administred by the American Epilepsy Society and is currently on hold. Please check AES Morrison for further information.

    Grass - AES Young Investigator Travel Award

    To recognize and honor outstanding young investigators conducting research in basic or clinical neuroscience related to epilepsy, the Grass Foundation and the American Epilepsy Society have combined resources to present Grass Foundation-AES Young Investigator Travel Awards ($1,000, together with waiver of AES meeting registration fees) to up to 8 deserving candidates to help support travel costs to present their research at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society. This program is administered by the AES. Please see AES Travel for more information.

  • American Neurological Association +

    The Grass Foundation - ANA Award in Neuroscience

    This award was established in 2007 to honor outstanding young investigators doing research in basic or clinical neuroscience. The award is administered by the American Neurological Association.

  • Grass Imaging Awards +

    This award has been put on hold and most likely will not be offered in 2015. The award was judged a success, but the Foundation is currently evaluating its philanthropic portfolio.

    PURPOSE:The MBL is an international center for application of advanced imaging technology to studies of brain function. The goal of the Grass Imaging Awards is to make this remarkable resource and rich intellectual environment available to the broader scientific community. The Program intends to bring faculty-level individuals to the MBL for four weeks during the month of July. Participants are encouraged to collaborate with members of the MBL NeuroImaging group. Alternatively, they can independently utilize the available core microscopy resources of the MBL, such as confocal, two-photon, structured illumination microscopy, PALM, and STED microscopes.

    BENEFITS: Imaging awardees are given the opportunity to utilize the available microscopy resources while gathering data and interacting with other imaging specialists at weekly NeuroImaging seminars and informal meetings. Awardees can also attend Neurobiology Course lectures on the theory and practice of advanced microscopy, if desired. Support will include research supplies, travel, housing and meals at the Marine Biological Laboratory for the individual.

    ELIGIBILITY: Faculty-level applicants working in any area of neuroscience are eligible. Priority is given to applicants with needs consonant with the resources of the MBL, particularly those planning to collaborate in the lab of an MBL NeuroImaging investigator. Prior research experience at the MBL is neither required nor disqualifying. International awardees (i.e., not US citizens or resident aliens) must hold an appropriate visa for the duration of the program. The Grass Foundation values diversity in all of its programs.

    DURATION: The duration of the program is 4 weeks during July 2014. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the MBL during the entire duration of the award.

    APPLICATION: Application forms and instructions are available here.

    DEADLINE: Applications (for July 2014) must be received by 20 February 2014. Applicants must ensure that the completed application is submitted by the deadline. Decisions will be announced by April 2014.

    SELECTION: The Trustees of The Grass Foundation will judge the scientific merit of the proposed research and its suitability for this program. The Foundation expects to grant up to 3 awards.

    A one page flyer of this announcement can be downloaded here in PDF format.

  • Society for Neuroscience +

    Albert and Ellen Grass Lecture

    This lecture, presented by a high-profile speaker selected by SfN, is given each year on Monday evening of the SfN Annual Meeting. The Albert and Ellen Grass Lecture is one of the featured scientific events of the conference.

    Donald B. Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience

    This prize was established in 1979 in honor of Donald B. Lindsley Ph.D. for "meritorious research in the area of behavioral neuroscience." Dr. Lindsley was one of the early Trustees of The Grass Foundation. A selection committee of SfN members reviews Ph.D. theses that were approved in the prior year and nominated for the prize. The SfN Committee awards the prize.

    The Latin America Neuroscience Training Program

    The Grass Foundation is excited about co-sponsoring this new program in partnership with SfN, IBRO and its Latin American Regional Committee(LARC) and US/Canada Regional Committee (USCRC). This new program emerged from the very successful Ricardo Miledi Program for Neuroscience Training and seeks to enhance the training and career development of Latin American and Caribbean neuroscientists.

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