Edward H. Nieh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | Principal Investigator
Department of Pharmacology
School of Medicine, University of Virginia

Edward (he/him) was born and raised in Arlington, Texas and also lived in Louisville, Kentucky, and Albany, New York before starting college at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, he earned his B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Bioengineering working with Dr. Brian Litt to develop machine learning algorithms for seizure detection. He then completed his Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Dr. Kay Tye, where he studied the role of the midbrain dopamine system on motivated behaviors like feeding and social interaction. He went on to do his postdoctoral training with Drs. David Tank and Carlos Brody, where he studied population neural dynamics in the hippocampus in animals performing complex decision-making tasks. He started as an assistant professor in May 2023 at the University of Virginia in the Pharmacology department. His new lab focuses on using state-of-the-art imaging, stimulation, and computational techniques to extract information on how the brain encodes different motivated behaviors. Edward is most proud of his wonderful family, including his wife and 2 kids. He is also an avid photographer, traveler, and loves all things basketball related.

Employment & Education

Assistant Professor

University of Virginia (Starting May 2023)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Princeton University (2016 - Present)

Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2011 - 2016)

B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Bioengineering

University of Pennsylvania (2006 - 2010)


Selected Awards & Funding

2022 - NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00; K99DA053388; NIDA)

2021 - Intersections Science Fellows Symposium (ISFS Fellow)

2019 - Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32; F32MH119749; NIMH)

2016 - FENS Forum Travel Award

2013 - Angus MacDonald Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

2012 - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSFGRFP)


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