Carnegie Mellon University
June 17, 2019

New Neuroscience Faculty to Join Carnegie Mellon

By Abby Simmons

Four new faculty members specializing in neuroscience will join Carnegie Mellon University during the 2019–2020 academic year.

Kate Hong will join CMU in January 2020 as an assistant professor jointly in the Carnegie Mellon Neuroscience Institute (CMNI) and the Department of Biological Sciences. She studies the neural circuits underlying sensory-guided behaviors using a rodent model. Hong currently is completing postdoctoral work at Columbia University. She also completed postdoctoral work at Children’s Hospital in Boston after earning her Ph.D. in Neurobiology at Harvard University.

Nazbanou Nozari will join the Department of Psychology in August 2019 as associate professor of psychology. Nozari’s research aims to bridge the gap between the fields of language processing (with an emphasis on language production), and executive control and working memory. She previously was an associate professor in the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Department of Cognitive Science. Nozari completed post-doctoral fellowships at the University Pennsylvania and Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute after earning her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Matt Smith will join CMU in January 2020 as an associate professor with tenure in the CMNI and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Smith’s work explores the dynamics of neural processing in the visual system. He currently is an associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh. He completed postdoctoral work at CMU and the University of Pittsburgh after completing his Ph.D. in Neural Science at New York University.

Daniel Yurovsky, who earned bachelor’s degrees in cognitive science and computer science from CMU in 2007, will join the Department of Psychology in August 2019 as assistant professor of psychology. Yurovsky’s research focuses on modeling language acquisition as a coordination problem between children and their caregivers. Prior to joining CMU, he was an assistant professor of psychology at University of Chicago. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University and earned his Ph.D. in Psychology and Brain Sciences from Indiana University.