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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the 2021 summer program will be virtual only

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site between Mercy College and Albert Einstein College of Medicine is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and offers paid summer internships for qualified undergraduate students to conduct 10-week research projects in Neuroscience conducted by leading scientific laboratories during the summer. The program will be held June 1 – July 23, applications must be received by April 15.

A Joint Program

This REU-Neuroscience Site is a joint program between the Department of Natural Sciences at Mercy College and the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The program supports the training of 10 students during the summers of 2021 to 2023. Students select a laboratory of interest among the several participating laboratories in the Department of Neuroscience and will conduct an intensive virtual research project.

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A wide Range of Research Fields are Available

The available laboratories from the Department of Neuroscience focus on a wide range of research areas and experimental approaches including cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, neurophysiology, bioinformatics, neural development and plasticity, animal behavior and neuroimaging using a variety of experimental model systems and state-of-the-art research facilities including imaging, molecular biology, physiology, genomics, proteomics and animal behavior. The program will include training in the use of bioinformatic tools and Phyton programing.  No previous research experience is required.


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Participants will form groups based on their interests and will work with a scientific mentor at Albert Einstein to carry out their research project. All participants will have common activities with a mentor from Mercy College to conduct extracurricular activities including seminars, mentoring on graduate education in academia and industry, career pathways in STEM and responsible and ethical scientific research conduct. At the end of the program, students participate in an undergraduate scientific conference and present their work.

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2021 REU Laboratories

Available Laboratories:


Myles Akabas, Professor

Anita E. Autry-Dixon, Assistant Professor

Renata A. Batista-Brito, Assistant Professor

Hannes E. Buelow, Professor

Pablo E. Castillo, Professor

Anna Francesconi, Associate Professor

Aristea S. Galanopoulou, Professor

Tiago Gonçalves, Assistant Professor

Jean M. Hebert, Professor

Bryen A. Jordan, Assistant Professor

Adam Kohn, Professor

Kamran Khodakhah, Professor and Chair

Michael L. Lipton, Professor

Sophie Molholm, Professor

Saleem M. Nicola, Assistant Professor

Jose L. Pena, Professor

Alberto E. Pereda, Professor

Julie Secombe, Associate Professor

David C. Spray, Professor

Elyse S. Sussman, Professor,

Steven U. Walkley, Professor

Suzanne Zukin, Professor

Rachel A. Ross, Assistant Professor

Deyou Zheng, Professor

2021 Virtual Programming

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the summer 2021 program will be virtual only. Students will participate in a full-time research experience under the guidance of the director of the laboratory of their choice via on-line streaming and virtual activities. Students are expected to participate full-time from Monday to Friday for the 8 weeks of the program.

The virtual program will provide a $600 weekly stipend to each student and a daily allowance for meals. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents attending an undergraduate program in a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) designated by the Department of Education (a list of qualifying MSI can be found in the application material).

Application Information

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents by the application deadline (4/15/2021).

    • Students should be attending an undergraduate degree program in Biology at a college designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). A list of DOE designated eligible Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) can be found here: (
  • Students must have at least one semester remaining in college to complete their undergraduate degree after the summer 2021.  

Contact us:

Juan Bruses, PhD
Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Department of Natural Sciences 

Mercy College 
Broadway 555, MH139N
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

jbruses@mercy .edu

Jose L. Pena, MD, PhD
Professor Dominick P. Purpura
Department of Neuroscience

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Rose F. Kennedy Center
1410 Pelham Parkway South, Room 529
Bronx, NY 10461