News & Events

June 29, 2018: Happy birthday to Amanda who is representing the lab at the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society meeting in Florida!


June 1, 2018: Welcome to Vartika and Mary who join our lab as summer students!


May 30, 2018: Jacek speaks with Cynthia Canty on StateSide about anxiety in America.


May 30, 2018: Catherine Dulac gives an inspiring and thought-provoking Albert Barrett Neuroscience Lecture on parental brain.


May, 23, 2018: Congratulations to Amanda for being awarded the Albert J. Silverman Conference Poster Award!

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April 18, 2018: Emma presents her poster at the annual UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) Symposium. Congrats to Emma and her mentor Amanda!

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April 5, 2018: Karl Deisseroth delivers a special lecture at the University of Michigan Depression Center.



April 5, 2018: The ‘Dream Team’: Delawrence, Alana and Amanda ready for ‘Brains rule‘!

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March 21, 2018: Students from the Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Program together with their Program Co-Director, Dr. Renee Lajiness-O’Neil visit our lab.

January 23, 2018: Xianli from Yangzhou University in China joins our team – Welcome, Xianli!


November 20, 2017: Delawrence presenting at the IRACDA Fellows’ Seminar.


November 20, Noah Bizer, our alumnus releases his first full length album ‘Words Are Just Words Are Just Scribbles’. Congratulations Noah! We are proud of you!


November 17, 2017: Jacek gives a talk at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toledo, hosted by Dr. Jianyang Du.

(Jacek, after his talk, with Farzaneh Naghavi, a graduate student from the Du Lab).


November 14, 2017:’ Amanda presenting at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.


November 10, 2017: Jacek gives a talk at the Society for Social Neuroscience Annual Meeting Symposium on “Anxiety and responding to threat: Neurobiological and contextual contributions to development” chaired by Harma Meffert and Kalina J. Michalska.

November 7, 2017: ‘Bean’ wins the Big Apple Film Festival ‘Best Feature Documentary Award‘! We are proud of you Alana!


October 31, 2017: Richard Morris gives the annual Agranoff Lecture on “The Making and Keeping of Memory Capture”.

(Jacek with Richard Morris)

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October 27, 2017: Amanda receives the Rackham Travel Grant to attend the Society for Neuroscience 2017 Annual Meeting. Congratulations Amanda!

October 18, 2017: Julie publishes one of her Ph.D. thesis papers ‘Understanding pup affective state through ethologically significant ultrasonic vocalization frequency’. Congratulations Julie!


October 12-13, 2017: Julie and Amanda attending the 2017 Developmental Affective Neuroscience Symposium at University of Pittsburgh.

September 15-16, 2017: Jacek giving a talk at the the Neuroscience of Enduring Change: Applications to Psychotherapy conference in Tucson, Arizona.

(Jacek with Edna Foa and Les Greenberg)

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August-September, 2017: Our lab grows! Welcome Delawrence, Chelsea, Alana and Weixin!!!


August 31-September 3, 2017: Jacek presenting at the European Brain Pharmacology Biennial Meeting in Heraklion, Greece.

July 21, 2017: The review by Jacek and Andreas Olsson on social fear learning is out!


May 19, 2017: The review by Julie, Amanda and Jacek on enduring effects of early life adversity is out! Excellent figures by Julie! Congrats!


May 3, 2017: Regina Sullivan visits the lab and gives a Grand Rounds talk at the Department of Psychiatry.


April 3, 2017: Adam Michnik gives the annual Copernicus Lecture at the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts.


February 9, 2017: Our lab receives a Sustainable Laboratory Certificate. Congrats Team!


December 5, 2016: Jacek Debiec presenting at the American College for Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting, Hollywood, FL.

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November 4, 2016: A new review on “The Neurobiology of Safety and Threat Learning” by Jacek and Regina Sullivan

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October 24, 2016: Jacek speaking at the 2016 GOLD Perinatal Online Conference on attachment learning and fear learning in early infancy. For the brief interview announcing Jacek’s talk, please click the image below.


September 1, 2016: Welcome to Lorraine Horwitz, a University of Michigan Neuroscience Graduate Program student who is joining us for her fall rotation!


June 17, 2016: Hailey is having her first brain anatomy class. It is never too early to start learning about the brain!

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May 19, 2016: Jacek giving a talk “Born to Be Scared: Social and Hereditary Determinants of Infant Fear Learning” at the 5ème Colloque du GDR NeuroMem in Lacanau, France.

(Left: Jacek with Nicole El Massioui from Institute des Neuroscience Paris-Saclay, Anne-Marie Mouly from Centre de Recherche en Neurosciences de Lyon and Chloé Hegoburu from Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne. Right: Jacek with Serge Laroche from Institute des Neuroscience Paris-Saclay.)
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April 30, 2016: Congratulations to Paige on her graduation and to Sophie on receiving the “Neuroscience Director’s Award” for her dissertation! We are proud of you!
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April 19, 2016: Da-Jeong’s and Jacek’s paper ‘Neural Correlates of the Mother-to-Infant Social Transmission of Fear’ is out!
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April 9, 2016: Jacek presenting at the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology biennial meeting in New York, NY.

April 5, 2016: Paige presenting at the ‘Research Methods in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Neuroscience’ University of Michigan Department of Psychology undergraduate course poster session.






March 22, 2016: Da-Jeong and Hailey visited the lab!





February 4, 2016: Jacek Debiec giving a talk at the University of Texas Department of Psychiatry, Houston, TX.

January 15, 2016: Jacek Debiec giving a talk at the Merill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

December 11, 2015: Sophie Numbers presenting her High Honors Thesis.
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December 9, 2015: Jacek Debiec presenting at the American College for Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting, Hollywood, FL.

December 2, 2015: Jacek Debiec giving a Grand Rounds talk at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

November 13, 2015: Hailey’s first visit in the lab! Welcome to our new lab member!
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November 7, 2015: Jacek Debiec giving a talk at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, New Orleans, LA.

October 28, 2015: Jacek Debiec giving a talk at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

October 21, 2015: Joanna Hider presenting a poster at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.
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October 18, 2015: Jacek Debiec giving a talk at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.

September 24, 2015: Jacek Debiec giving a talk at Case Western University, Cleveland, OH.

September 13, 2015: Jacek Debiec presenting at the joint biannual European Brain and Behaviour Society / European Behavioural Pharmacology Society, Verona, Italy.

(Jacek Debiec with Valérie Doyère and Joe LeDoux)
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May 26, 2015: Jacek Debiec giving a lecture on ‘Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma: From Neurobiology to Society’ at the University of Opole, Poland.

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May 21-22, 2015: Jacek Debiec giving a talk at the ‘Special Symposium on Emotional Brain’ at the Polish Academy of Sciences Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland

(Left: Jacek with the symposium hosts and organizers: Leszek Kaczmarek and Ewelina Knapska.  Right: Jacek with Greg Quirk under the photograph of Jerzy Konorski whose lab was at the Nencki Institute)






April 21, 2015: Jacek giving a talk “The Neurobiology of the Intergenerational Social Transmission of Emotional Trauma” at the 10th Annual Uniformed Services University ‘Amygdala, Stress and PTSD’ Conference in Bethesda, MD.

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November 15-19, 2014: Jacek presenting at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

October 20-24, 2014: Jacek presenting at the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 61st Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

July 14, 2014: “The Emotional Brain Revisited” co-edited by Jacek Debiec has been published!