Dr. Rawan AlSubaie

Research Area
Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
Fellowship date
January 1, 2024
PhD in Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology
University College London
Mriganka Sur


Dr. Rawan AlSubaie completed her Ph.D. in Neuroscience in Dr. Andrew MacAskill's lab at University College London (UCL) where she trained as a circuit neuroscientist. Her Ph.D. work focused on understanding the hippocampus and its role in goal-directed and motivated behavior through its connectivity with the amygdala. During her Ph.D. research she identified a novel long-range inhibitory projection from the amygdala that controlled the activity of hippocampal cells in a projection specific manner. Prior to that she trained as a molecular biologist and completed a master's from King's College London and her B.Sc. in Biomedical Science from the University of Sheffield. Rawan is especially interested in how neurons and the circuits they form are able to compute information that leads to complex behavior and how these circuits are affected during disease. 

Additionally, Rawan is a founding member of Arabs in Neuroscience (AiN), a community of arabic-speaking neuroscientists passionate about open science. Her work with AiN aims to provide a platform for young Arabic speaking researchers interested in pursuing a career in neuroscience. Outside of the lab Rawan is a proud cat lady, a coffee snob, and an avid reader.

MIT Fellowship Research Abstract: 

Rawan's research at MIT will focus on understanding how social learning and the neural circuits they underlie are affected in a mouse model of Autism.  


Award for Best PhD talk at ENCODS, 2019

European Neuroscience Conference by Doctoral Students, Francis Crick Institute, 2019.

Travel Grant, Guarantors of Brain, 2018.

Awarded to present my work at the Federal European Neuroscience Society Conference, Berlin.

PhD fully funded scholarship, King Fahad Medical City, 2016.

Fully funded Fellowship to conduct research and cover fees.

PhD fully funded scholarship, King Abdullah International Medical Research Centre, 2015.

Received, not taken.

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