BRAIN Multi-Council and Neuroethics Working Group Member Earns Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award

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A picture of Dr. Elba Serrano, standing with arms crossed.

Dr. Elba Serrano, a member of the BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group and Neuroethics Working Group, will travel to Portugal in 2022. 

In an international collaboration through a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award, Dr. Elba Serrano, Regents Professor in the Department of Biology at New Mexico State University (NMSU), will travel to the University of Aveiro in northern Portugal to work with chemistry professor Maria Rosário Domingues and study marine algae as a source of food to support brain health. The project aims to advance sustainable food efforts and build collaborative ties between the U.S. and Portugal in research and education.

Dr. Serrano has been a member of both the BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group and Neuroethics Working Group since 2017, providing ongoing oversight of the NIH BRAIN Initiative’s scientific vision, as well as input on navigating anticipated ethical considerations. She has previously served on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health. In addition, she is the recipient of numerous awards and honors: Dr. Serrano is the lead NMSU investigator for the National Science Foundation’s first Hispanic-Serving Institution National STEM Resource Hub, an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recipient of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Distinguished Research Mentor Award, and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring conferred by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

To learn more, please read the NMSU press release. Congratulations, Dr. Serrano!