Nicole Rust, Ph.D.

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Nicole C. Rust, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Visual Memory Lab at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She combines behavioral, neural, and computational approaches to understand the brain’s remarkable ability to remember the things we’ve seen, focusing on where and how visual memories are stored. As a complement to this foundational research, she also works to develop new therapies to treat memory dysfunction.

Her research and teaching have been recognized by the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences, McKnight Scholar Award, CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the Charles Ludwig Distinguished Teaching Award. Previously Dr. Rust served as Co-Director of the Computational Neuroscience Initiative and Executive Director for Research for MindCORE, both at Penn. She received a bachelor of science in molecular biology and chemistry from the University of Idaho and a PhD in neuroscience from NYU under the mentorship of Tony Moyshon and Eero Simoncelli. She trained as a postdoctoral fellow at MIT with Jim DiCarlo.

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