COBRE Center for Neuroscience at Delaware Sate University​  

There are many great memories at Delaware State University. Notably, working with Melissa Harrington to enhance diversity at a historically-black college was fantastic! Some years ago, Dr. Melissa Harrington (Professor of Biology and Vice-President for Research at Delaware State University) had a vision to enhance diversity in biomedical sciences. Delaware State University is a historically-black college comprised of many first generation African-American students attending college. Melissa created and grew many wonderful programs to encourage students at the undergraduate and graduate level to participate in research throughout the years.  She, and her colleagues, have created a PhD program in Neuroscience, an undergraduate neuroscience summer program, and an NIH-funded COBRE program at Delaware State University. The COBRE is a cross-institutional NIH-funded program designed to expand the research infrastructure of Delaware and increase diversity in biomedical sciences. This is achieved, in part, by hiring junior faculty at Delaware State University and the University of Delaware. Learn more about Melissa's mission to increase diversity here.

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 Activities in the Charvet lab

Neuroscientists across Delaware meet frequently at symposiums and conferences. It's a great opportunity for students to present their posters. It's been very rewarding to see young students become enthusiastic before and, especially, after presenting their posters at these meetings. Here you can see members of the Charvet lab present their posters at these events. 

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Kwadwo Ofori (@i_joe01) was a graduate student in the Department of Biology and he gave a great virtual presentation at the JB Johnston Club for Evolutionary Neuroscience in 2021. He discussed our recent findings identifying corresponding ages between humans and great apes across the lifespan.  

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Jared Schwartz participated in the summer neuroscience program in 2021 (which is a program organized by Melissa Harrington). Jared gave a fantastic virtual poster presentation the Society for Neuroscience in 2021. He discussed our recent findings identifying corresponding ages between humans and chimpanzees. Incorporating individual variation across diverse populations yields improved age alignments across species. Jared plans to go to medical school. 

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Jasmine presented her poster at a the Delaware Neuroscience symposium in the summer of 2019 (which was organized by Melissa Harrington). Jasmine was part of the summer neuroscience program (also organized by Melissa). The summer neuroscience program provides paid internship opportunities for students to participate in research over the summer. Our work was published in Cerebral Cortex in 2020 and is available here. Jasmine intends on going to medical school.

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Deselyn presented her poster at a the Delaware Neuroscience symposium in the fall of 2018. We studied the evolution and development of retinas in mammals. This work is still ongoing.

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