Ishmail Abdus-Saboor is an assistant professor of biological sciences at Columbia University's Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. The Abdus-Saboor lab was established in 2018 and seeks to uncover encoding principles for pain and touch sensations by linking animal behavior to genes and neural circuits. Dr. Abdus-Saboor received his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Pennsylvania with Meera Sundaram. Following training in developmental genetics, he moved into sensory neuroscience as a postdoc at Cornell and back at the University of Pennsylvania, with Benjamin Shykind and Wenqin Luo, respectively. Ishmail has received many honors including an NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award and Burroughs Wellcome Fund PDEP Fellowship as a postdoc. Since opening his lab he has been named a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, Pew Biomedical Scholar, and a recipient of the NIH DP2 New Innovator Award and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Science Diversity Leadership Award. To learn more visit here.
Talk title: Skin-brain axis for rewarding social touch