Emerging Neuroscientists Seminar Series (ENSS)

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (SWC) brings together world-leading scientists to investigate how brain circuits generate perception, form memories, and guide behaviour. 

The postdocs of the SWC invite aspiring leaders in neuroscience to present their research to the SWC community in London as part of our Emerging Neuroscientists Seminar Series (ENSS). 


We welcome applications from postdoctoral researchers around the world. Candidates should have a minimum of two years' postdoctoral experience and should not have secured a faculty or group leader position at the time of application. Previous applicants who were not selected are welcome to apply.

Presentations will tentatively take place between Oct 2020 and Jan 2021. We will respect all travel advisories and arrange for lectures to be given remotely where appropriate or preferred. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered where applicable.

To apply, please fill out the Application Form and return it to swc-postdoc@ucl.ac.uk by 26 June 2020. Successful applicants will be notified in late August 2020.

If you have any enquiries please contact us at swc-enquiries@ucl.ac.uk with the subject “ENSS Enquiry”.

Speakers - 2019

The speakers of the 2019 Sainsbury Wellcome Centre Emerging Neuroscientists Seminar Series (ENSS) speakers were:

  • Dr Mark Wagner, Luo Lab, Stanford University, "Neocortex-cerebellum dynamics during skill acquisition"
  • Dr Millie Rincón-Cortés, Grace Lab, University of Pittsburgh, "Stress and Postpartum Effects on the Female Dopamine System"
  • Dr Dhananjay Bambah-Mukku, Catherine Dulac Lab, Harvard University, "Molecular and cellular dissection of social behavior circuits in mice"
  • Dr Elizabeth Holly, Fuccillo Lab, University of Pennsylvania, "Dorsomedial striatal low-threshold spiking interneurons regulate goal-directed learning"

Speakers - 2018

The speakers of the inaugural Sainsbury Wellcome Centre Emerging Neuroscientists Seminar Series (ENSS) 2018 were: 

  • Dr. Graziana Gatto, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Goulding Lab. “Dissecting the spinal circuits for sensorimotor transformation”
  • Dr. Sabine Krabbe, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Lüthi Lab. “Adaptive disinhibitory gating by VIP interneurons permits associative learning”
  • Dr. Yoav Livneh, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Andermann/Lowell Labs. “Insular cortex selective processing of need-relevant cues via distinct hypothalamic circuits”
  • Dr. Alon Rubin, Weizmann Institute of Science, Ziv Lab. “Revealing neural correlates of behavior without behavioral measurements”