Jessica Jimenez is the winner of the 2017 Kavli Institute Award for Distinguished Research in Neuroscience

Jessica performed her work in René Hen’s lab
By C. Doyle
May 23, 2018

The recipient of the 2017 Kavli Award for Distinguished Research in Neuroscience at Columbia University is Jessica Jimenez, a graduate student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) program, who completed her thesis work in the laboratory of René Hen in the Department of Neuroscience. Jessica was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellow.

Jessica’s thesis was entitled “The Role of the Ventral Hippocampus in Anxiety-Related Behavior.” In her project, Jessica discovered a population of neurons in the ventral hippocampus that encode stable representations of fearful environments. These neurons project to the lateral hypothalamus and are required for anxiety and avoidance behavior.

Jessica is currently extending her work on ventral hippocampal function as a postdoctoral fellow in Rene Hen's laboratory, with a focus now on circuit mechanisms of contextual memory formation.

Congratulations to Jessica!