Congrats to Luis, recipient of the 2021 NIH D-SPAN Scholar Award!!
Luis Ramirez: 2021 D-SPAN Scholar
F99 Phase: Boston University | Sponsor: Sam Ling
Very exciting news! The NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award supports the pre- to post-doctoral transition of diverse graduate students. This two-phase award will facilitate completion of the doctoral dissertation and transition of talented graduate students (F99 phase) to strong neuroscience research postdoctoral positions (K00 phase), and will provide career development opportunities relevant to their long-term career goal of becoming independent neuroscience researchers. Currently, Luis is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program for Neuroscience at Boston University (BU), working with Dr. Sam Ling. His dissertation combines non-invasive human brain imaging, computational modeling, and psychophysics to understand the neurocomputational mechanisms that underly how attention regulates perception. In the long-term, Luis aims to investigate how perception and memory interact in visual cortex, and how attention facilitates this interaction. Moreover, as a first-gen, Afro-Latino student, Luis is committed to improving academia for historically excluded students, having led critical DEI committees and graduate student organizations throughout BU.