Ishmail Abdus-Saboor is an associate professor of biological sciences at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. Ishmail attended an HBCU for college, North Carolina A&T University, followed by a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. Following training in developmental genetics, he moved into sensory neuroscience as a postdoc at Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania. He has received many honors and awards including an NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award and Burroughs Wellcome Fund PDEP Fellowship as a postdoc. Since opening his lab in 2018, he has been named a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, Pew Biomedical Scholar, Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, HHMI Freeman Hrabowski Scholar, McKnight Scholar, and a recipient of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Science Diversity Leadership Award and NIH DP2 New Innovator Award. In addition to research, each fall semester, Ishmail teaches an undergraduate course on cell and molecular neurobiology.