Watercolor painting on paper (13 x 17 in) by Haleh Fotowat (Grassfellow 2010). Starting at the center of the nautilus and advancing outwards, each grass blade represents a single Grass Fellowship year from 1951 through 2015. The number of Grassfellows per year is represented on each grass blade like synaptic spines for learning.
Haleh was trained in electrical engineering in Tehran, Iran before completing her PhD in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. She is currently a research associate at the University of Ottawa where she studies the role of neuromodulators in shaping sensory-evoked behaviors using weakly electric fish as a model system. Click here for more information about Haleh’s paintings.
As a graduate student in Mu-Ming Poo’s lab at UC Berkeley, Gordon discovered that chemotropic turning of nerve growth cones required TRPC channel activation by guidance cues. He is currently a research associate in the Mourrain Lab at Stanford where he uses imaging techniques such as Array Tomography and CLARITY to study synapse heterogeneity and abnormalities in neurological diseases. Click here to view Gordon’s Neuron cover image created with the help of his three son, Adrian, Avery, and Arius.