July 2018

Hooray! We have been awarded a Simons Foundation Explorer Grant to fund our work on glial engulfment and Fragile X Syndrome, in collaboration with Mimi Shirasu-Hiza


June 2018

Welcome to our summer undergraduates! We are joined this summer by Columbia undergraduates, Amy Vo, Elizabeth Ayton, and QiYue Peng, as well as Samani Upadhyay from Brown University and Gabriella Fricklas from the University of Southern California. 


May 2018

Congratulations, Carol! Carol was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of her "distinguished and continuing achievements in original research." Read more about Carol's election here


February 2018

Farewell, Mika! Sadly, Sadly, Mika Melikyan will not join us at the Zuckerman Institute but instead will continue to work at CUMC in the labs of Hynek Wichterle and Serge Przedborski on ALS research.


January 2018

Hello, Manhattanville! Our lab has moved to the Zuckerman Mind Brain and Behavior Institute on Columbia's new Manhattanville campus. We are sharing a quad with the Bendesky Lab and have many plants. 

November 2017

Congratulations, Carol! Carol was awarded the prestigious Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society for Neuroscience in recognition of her lifetime of scientific work and mentorship. 


September 2017

Welcome, Crystal! Crystal Colon Ortiz is rotating in the Mason Lab for the fall semester.

Adios, Austen! Austen Sitko is off to Harvard Medical School for a postdoc with Lisa Goodrich. Best of luck!


August 2017

Goodbye, Rich! Rich Blazeski retired at the end of the month, after thirty hard-working years in the Mason Lab. He will be missed!


May 2017

Congratulations, Sania!  Sania Khalid graduated from Barnard College! Sania has worked in the Mason Lab every year of her undergraduate career.


March 2017

Congratulations, Taka!  Taka Kuwajima's SoxC paper was published in early 2017!


February 2017

Welcome, Felix!  Felix Fiederling joined the lab after completing his PhD at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie in Germany. He will work with Jane to examine spinal circuits after trans-synaptic labeling.


December 2016

Congratulations, Florencia!  Our study of Cyclin D2 and retinal neurogenesis, initiated by Qing Wang and developed by Florenica Marcucci, was published in Cell Reports in late 2016.

Congratulations, Austen, on a successful defense!  Austen Sitko, graduate student in the Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior, defended her dissertation on December 12, 2016.

Congratulations, Qing!  Qing Wang's microarray study was published in eNeuro in late 2016.


September 2016

Congratulations, Carol!   Carol shared the prestigious António Champalimaud Vision Award with John Flanagan, Christine Holt, and Carla Shatz, in a ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal in October, 2016 and at the annual ARVO meeting, May, 2017.