Nancy Padilla Coreano, PhD

2020 K99/R00 Awardee
Photo of Nancy Padilla Coreano, 2020 K99/R00 Awardee
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Nancy Padilla-Coreano is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Kay Tye at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.  Nancy started her research career at the University of Puerto Rico in Dr. Gregory Quirk's lab studying fear extinction circuits. After completing a bachelor's degree in Biology, Nancy continued her graduate studies at Columbia University where she studied how the hippocampal-prefrontal circuit controls anxiety-like behaviors in mice and anxiety-related theta oscillations. As a postdoctoral fellow, Nancy aims to use circuit dissection tools, machine learning and optogenetics to understand how the brain encodes social behaviors. For her BRAIN Initiative project, Nancy is combining wireless electrophysiology, machine learning and circuit dissection tools to understand how the hippocampal-prefrontal-hypothalamic circuit controls social dominance behaviors in mice.