ALBA @ FRM2021: Navigating academia as an LGBTQIA+ neuroscientist



Navigating academia as an LGBTQIA+ neuroscientist

The ALBA Network is holding a webinar on LGBTQIA+ inclusion and visibility during the Virtual FENS Regional Meeting (25-27 August 2021). This special event will feature a panel of established scientists in brain research who identify as LGBTQIA+. 

The session will be chaired by Dr Jordan Marrocco (The Rockefeller University, US - ALBA Ambassador). Each speaker will discuss their goals, challenges and successes while navigating academia as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

A discussion with the audience will follow the presentations.



  • Dr Paul Matusz he/him (University of Applied Sciences, CH) - originally from Poland, he is Principal Investigator & Lecturer. He studies brain-cognitive mechanisms controlling attention in naturalistic settings.
  • Prof Joni Wallis she/her (University of California, US) - Professor of Psychology, her lab focuses on understanding the functional organization of the frontal cortex at the single neuron level.
  • Dr Bittu Kaveri Rajaraman he/him (Ashoka University, IN) - Associate Professor of Biology and Psychology. 
  • Prof José Luis Peña he/him (Einstein Institute, US) - Professor and member of the ALBA Board of Directors
  • Dr Mehmet Kurt he/him (Stevens Institute of Technology, US) - Director of Kurtlab, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a member of The STEM Village
  • Dr Ahmed El Hady he/him (Princeton University ,US) - Neuroscientist and political activist aiming to improve Egypt records on LGBTQ rights
  • Dr Sara Brownell she/her (Arizona states University ,US) - is a neuroscientist turned discipline-based education researcher. She is the recipient of the 2020 LGBTQ+ Educator of the Year award.

Square with the LGBT Speakers and the logo of ALBA and the FRM2021

This event is part of the Virtual FENS Regional Meeting 2021 (Krakow, Poland)