Carnegie Mellon's Nathan Urban Receives
AChemS Young Investigator Award
PITTSBURGH—Nathan Urban, associate professor of biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon College of Science, has received the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS) Young Investigator Award for Research in Olfaction.
The AChemS Young Investigator Award for Research in Olfaction is awarded annually to an outstanding junior scientist who is an emerging leader in the field of olfaction and engaged in research that has a major impact in the field. Urban accepted the award during the Welcome/Awards Ceremony on opening night of the AChemS Annual Meeting held April 22-26 in Sarasota, Fla.
Urban investigates the molecular, cellular and circuit-level properties of neuronal systems in the olfactory bulb. Using a variety of experimental and computational techniques, he describes the detailed physiological properties of neurons and their connections with one another. He then constructs models that provide insight into how these properties give rise to more global brain functions, such as the synchronous neuronal firing that occurs when an odor is encountered. In addition to providing a better understanding of the olfactory system, Urban's work is providing a better understanding of how neurons network with one another in learning and disease.
Pictured above is Nathan Urban, associate professor of biological sciences.