Dr. Ismail Ahmed recently obtained his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. His graduate work focused on the development of biological sensors to study protein aggregation related to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Currently Ismail is a postdoctoral fellow at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine. He is working at the interface of chemistry and neuroscience to better understand the neural mechanisms of maternal and social behavior. Ismail’s work is funded by the National Institute of Health and is a recipient of a number of awards. Last year he was recognized as a Rising Star in Biomedical Research by MIT and was selected as a finalist for the 2019 Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation.