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2020 Summer Program Update

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 REU-Neuroscience Program has been canceled. 

Information about a new application date for the 2021 REU program and deadline will be displayed on this page. For more information about Mercy College and the coronavirus, visit our dedicated coronavirus page.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates

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 active research participation in projects conducted by leading scientific laboratories during the summers of 2020 to 2022. The 2020 program scheduled from  June 1- August 7 2020 is canceled due to the coronavirus.

Program Information

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 for 10 weeks during the summers of 2020-2022. Research, housing and program-related activities are located at the Department of Neuroscience at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City, NY 10461, USA.

Students select a laboratory of interest among the 22 participating laboratories in the Department of Neuroscience and will conduct a 10-week intensive hands-on research project. Participating laboratories 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.


Students receive $600/week stipend as well as per diem costs for housing and transportation. Housing and all research related activities will be carried out at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine campus located in the Bronx, New York City.  


How To Apply

 Applications for the 2020 summer program are no longer being accepted. The 2021 application will be posted here, when available.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents attending an undergraduate program in a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) designated by the Department of Education. Students must have at least one more semester remaining in college to complete their undergraduate degree after summer 2020.  

Participating laboratories in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Area of Research Lab Director
Structure and function of ion channels and membrane transport proteins Myles Akabas, Professor

Neural circuits controlling social behaviors

Anita E. Autry-Dixon, Assistant Professor
Inhibitory neuronal connections in postnatal brain development and maturation of sensory system  Renata A. Batista-Brito, Assistant Professor
Dendrite and axon patterning in neural development in the nematode C. elegans Hannes E. Buelow, Professor
Excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission and plasticity Pablo E. Castillo, Professor
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of glutamate metabotropic functions in the brain Anna Francesconi, Associate Professor
Physiological mechanisms of neuronal hyperexcitability in the brain Aristea S. Galanopoulou, Professor
Adult born neural stem cells differentiation and integration into functional circuits in the brain  J. Tiago Gonçalves, Assistant Professor
Development of the cerebral cortex during embryogenesis  Jean M. Hebert, Professor
Synaptic function and cognition Bryen A. Jordan, Assistant Professor
Neuronal responses and coding communication between cortical areas in the visual system  Adam Kohn, Professor
Role of the cerebellum and basal ganglia in motor function Kamran Khodakhah, Professor and Chair
Investigate behavior and cognition using advanced noninvasive imaging technology Michael L. Lipton, Professor
Brain processes underlying perception and cognition Sophie Molholm, Professor
Reward-seeking behaviors in awake freely moving animals  Saleem M. Nicola, Assistant Professor
Representation of sensory information in the brain Jose L. Pena, Professor
Synaptic transmission properties and plasticity of electrical synapses Alberto E. Pereda, Professor
Function of RNA transcription regulators during development Julie Secombe, Associate Professor
Gap junctions between various cell types using single channel and whole animal physiology David C. Spray, Professor
Neurobiological basis of auditory perception using behavioral and electrophysiological approaches Elyse S. Sussman, Professor
Molecular and cellular mechanisms impacting neuronal homeostasis resulting in neurobehavioral changes Steven U. Walkley, Professor
Synaptic plasticity and mechanisms regulated by the mTOR signaling pathway R. Suzanne Zukin, Professor
Contact Us

Juan Bruses, PhD
Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Mercy College
Department of Natural Sciences
555 Broadway, 
Main Hall Room 139 N
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Jose L. Pena
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