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SBU Biomedical Researcher Receives Prestigious Presidential Early Career Award
Third PECASE for Stony Brook University Faculty in Three Years

STONY BROOK, NY, September 26, 2011  – Dr. Lilianne Mujica-Parodi, an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Stony Brook University 

Lilianne Mujica-Parodi has been recognized by President Barack Obama with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
School of Medicine and the Director of the  Laboratory for the Study of Emotion and Cognition  (LSEC), has been named by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. She is one of 94 researchers in the nation to receive the award this year, and the  third  from Stony Brook University in the past three years.

Dr. Mujica-Parodi’s research focuses on a “complex systems approach to the computational neurobiology of human stress.” Her citation is for outstanding research in the application of complex systems analysis to neurodiagnostics of mental and neurological illness, and for the development of a K-12 curriculum in control systems modeling. 

“It is inspiring to see the innovative work being done by these scientists and engineers as they ramp up their careers—careers that I know will be not only personally rewarding but also invaluable to the nation,” President Obama said in the  official White House announcement . “That so many of them are also devoting time to mentoring and other forms of community service speaks volumes about their potential for leadership, not only as scientists but as model citizens.”

The PECASE Awards were established by President Clinton in 1996 and are coordinated by the  Office of Science and Technology Policy  within the Executive Office of the President. Scientists and engineers are chosen based on their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and a commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach.

Dr. Mujica-Parodi received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and Columbia University, respectively, studying mathematical logic and physics. After her Ph.D. (Niles G. Whiting Fellow in the Dept. of Philosophy, under the direction of Dr. Richard Friedberg, Dept. of Physics), she completed a three-year National Institute of Health Training Fellowship in Schizophrenia Research at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, supervised by Dr. Dolores Malaspina (Laboratory of Clinical Neurobiology), Dr. Donald Klein (Therapeutics), and Dr. Robert M. Bilder (Center for Advanced Brain Imaging, Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research). 

Dr. Mujica-Parodi was subsequently promoted to Assistant Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at Columbia‘s College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she performed research for two years until being recruited by Stony Brook University. She is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award as well as the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorder‘s Young Investigator Award (Essel Investigator). Her research interests focus on the development of complex systems analyses to quantitatively define the roles that neural limbic regulation play both in the development of schizophrenia as well as individual variability with respect to stress-vulnerability and resilience in healthy adults.
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