Nicole Rust

Associate Professor
Ph.D., New York University 2004
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Nicole is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Computational Neuroscience Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania.

Throughout her career, Nicole has tackled a number of issues related to how our brains process incoming visual information. Recently, she has started to focus more exclusively on questions related to visual memory. Because she believes that understanding visual memory will require many different approaches, she is excited to bring together a collaborative team focused on studying visual memory behavior, neural activity, and computational modeling. She is also excited to work with a new animal model to address these questions, the tree shrew.

Nicole has received a number of awards for both research and teaching including a McKnight Scholar award, an NSF CAREER award, a Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the Charles Ludwig Distinguished teaching award. Her research is currently funded by the National Eye Institute at NIH, the National Science Foundation, and the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain.