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Ishmail obtained a B.S. in Animal Science from North Carolina A&T University, followed by a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, with Meera Sundaram. He was subsequently a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell, then UPenn, with Ben Shykind and Wenqin Luo, respectively. Ishmail is currently a Freeman Hrabowski Scholar at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and an Associate Professor at Columbia University with primary appointments in the Department of Biology and the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. In addition to research, each fall semester, Ishmail teaches a large undergraduate lecture course on cell and molecular neurobiology.

Awards and Honors

  • Young Investigator Award, Society for Neuroscience, 2023
  • HHMI Freeman Hrabowski Scholar, 2023
  • McKnight Scholar, 2023
  • NIH New Innovator Award, 2022
  • Chan Zuckerberg Science Diversity Leadership Award, 2022
  • Pew Biomedical Scholar, 2022
  • Brain Research Foundation, 2022
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 2021
  • Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, 2021
  • Rita Allen Foundation Scholar, 2020
  • Mitchell Max Award for Research Excellence, 2018
  • NIH Pathway to Independence Award, 2017
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund PDEP Postdoc Fellowship, 2015
  • NIH IRACDA Postdoc Fellowship, 2014
  • Tom Kadesch Prize in Genetics, 2012

curriculum vitae

Q and A interview of Ishmail (Neuron, 2021)

Staff

Aleyna Silcott

Administrative Lab Manager

B.S., Ankara University, Turkey
aab2259 [at] columbia.edu

Alexis Knight

Technician

B.S., Columbia University
aak2220 [at] columbia.edu

Francesca Whitecross

Technician

B.S., Middlebury College

Postdocs

Sasha Fulton

NIH F99/K00 DSPAN Fellow
UNCF EE Just Fellow

Ph.D., Mount Sinai Medicine
B.S., Columbia University
slf2127 [at] columbia.edu

Anissa Jhumka

B.S., Ph.D., Aix-Marseille University (France)
aj3020 [at] columbia.edu

Aleksander Kaplan

Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
B.S., University of Maryland Baltimore Country (UMBC)
ak5200 [at] columbia.edu

Briana Nixon

Ph.D., Weill Cornell Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
B.S., Wesleyan University
bn2369 [at] columbia.edu

Andre Toussaint

Simons Junior Fellow
Burroughs Wellcome Fund PDEP 

Ph.D., Temple University
B.S., Hunter College
at3658 [at] columbia.edu

Anastasia Zavitsanou

Ph.D., New York University (NYU)
B.S., Imperial College London
az2764 [at] columbia.edu

Graduate students

Brittany Bistis

Biological Sciences PhD student
B.S., Yale University
bb2977 [at] columbia.edu

Justin Burdge

Biological Sciences PhD student
NIH NRSA F31 Fellow

B.S., University of Pennsylvania
jb4582 [at] columbia.edu

William Foster

Neuro & Behavior PhD student
B.S., Haverford College
wf2284 [at] columbia.edu

Rachel Frazer

Neuro & Behavior PhD student
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
B.A., Wellesley College
ref2154 [at] columbia.edu

Ryan Schwark

Biological Sciences PhD student
B.S., Elizabethtown College
rs4192 [at] columbia.edu

Preston Sheng

Biological Sciences PhD student
B.S., Emory University
ss6573 [at] columbia.edu

Isabella Succi

Biological Sciences PhD student
*Joint with Itamar Kahn
B.S., St. Joseph’s University
is2687 [at] columbia.edu

Undergraduate students

Amanda Arnold

ala2214 [at] barnard.edu

Aishat Bakare

aishat.b [at] columbia.edu

Max Comfere

mkc2182 [at] columbia.edu

Abednego Delinois

jad2321 [at] columbia.edu

Sevilla Duran

sevilla.duran [at] columbia.edu

Melody Gomez

mg3764 [at] columbia.edu

Ashar Khan

adk2176 [at] columbia.edu

Jake Kothandaraman

kothaj02 [at] nyu.edu

Sofia Marin-Quiros

sam2451 [at] columbia.edu

Sarah Sørensen Ogata

sas2451 [at] columbia.edu

Simon Ogundare

soo211 [at] columbia.edu

Simon Toney

sd3525 [at] columbia.edu

Olaedo Udensi

ocu2101 [at] barnard.edu

Leah Yadessa

lay2110 [at] columbia.edu