The Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) at Washington University in St. Louis offers exceptional doctoral training at one of the nation’s preeminent biomedical research centers. The DBBS is organized into eleven academic programs, each representing a different scientific area. The University, through DBBS, supports a tuition-free PhD program and full financial support of our first-year PhD students.

The Hope Center is a multi-departmental research environment that fosters translational work and collaboration across disciplines. It promotes cutting-edge research through pilot project awards, collaboration among investigators who study basic biology and those who focus on disease mechanisms, and offers access to core resources and animal models.

Committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.

Our Lab is the proud recipient of a 2019 Narsad Young Investigator Grant awarded to Thomas Papouin (2020-2022, #28616) by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to define the cellular and molecular mechanisms that link α7nAChR activity to cognitive deficits.

This Award has been selected for the Research Partners Program and Dr. Papouin has been named the “Let the Sunshine Run Investigatorby Kathy and Curt Robbins, generous supporters of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and of our research program.

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Our Lab is supported by a grant from the Center for Drug Discovery at WashU to conduct pharmacokinetics studies of α7nAChR enhancers in mice. The CDD seeks out and advances promising drug projects from the Washington University community, deploying key activities such as 1) Identification & Prioritization of Promising Projects; 2) Education & Project Strategy; 3) Implementation & Project Management and 4) Facilitation of External Partnering.

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Our Research Program is funded by a grant from the McDonnell Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, awarded to Dr. Thomas Papouin (2020-2021), to study the molecular underpinnings of α7nAChR signaling on astrocytes and its impact on astrocyte secretory activity.

The Center has historically supported Neuroscience-related activities across Washington University for more than 30 years. It helps fund a wide variety of activities in research, education and outreach that promote the scope and vibrancy of our Neuroscience community.

Our lab was awarded a three-year grant by the Whitehall Foundation, awarded to Dr. Thomas Papouin (#2020-08-35, 2020-2023), in support of our research program to study the the role of astrocyte-based neuromodulation in behavior.

The Whitehall Foundation assists scholarly research in the life sciences. The Foundation emphasizes the support of young scientists at the beginning of their careers and productive senior scientists who wish to move into new fields of interest.