Ioana Carcea, from the Froemke lab, receives K99 Award

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 4:00am

Ioana Carcea received her undergraduate medical degree from The University of Medicine and Pharmacy Gr.T.Popa in Iasi, Romania, and her PhD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. During her doctoral work Ioana studied the molecular mechanisms of axon guidance in the developing cortex, with a particular focus on the semaphorin family of guidance molecules. Since 2011 she has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Skirball Institute, working with Dr. Robert Froemke. Her postdoctoral research on the neuronal mechanisms of behavioral engagement and learning have been funded by a NARSAD award received from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and by a NIMH training grant. In 2014 Ioana was named a Katowitz-Radin Investigator by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Ioana’s research addresses physiological mechanisms by which neuronal circuits adapt to internal and external demands and generate distinct brain states. In particular, she studies how voluntary behavioral engagement facilitates processing of auditory information and perceptual performance. Her findings will be relevant for all disorders with an attention deficit.