By Danielle Houghton
New assistant professor, Nancy Padilla-Coreano, Ph. D., joined the UF Department of Neuroscience team in January 2021.
Dr. Padilla-Coreano was selected as one of the L’Oreal For Women in Science 2020 Fellows and received the inaugural Henry Grass MD Rising Stars in Neuroscience Award in 2021.
In reference to her research work, Padilla-Coreano explains, “all social species, like humans, rely on their ability to navigate their social worlds in order to survive and thrive. Despite the importance of our social abilities not much is known about how the brain controls our social behaviors and how they are disrupted in the diseased brain.” Padilla-Coreano’s laboratory will use systems neuroscience, optogenetics and machine learning to tackle this important question. Dr. Padilla-Coreano is excited mentor and train the next generation of neuroscientists at UF.
UF Department of Neuroscience is excited to have Padilla-Coreano working in UF labs going forward. Likewise, Padilla Coreano says, “I am thrilled to join the team of brilliant and diverse scientists in the neuroscience community. I am also excited about the artificial intelligence initiative at UF which will help us understand the complexity of brain activity and how it relates to behavior.”
In addition to her work in neuroscience, Padilla-Coreano is passionate about increasing the visibility of women in STEM and leads a project with a mission of increasing the visibility of women in neuroscience.