Nadine Kabbani, PhD
Nadine Kabbani, PhD is a scientific group leader at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study and an Assistant Professor of Molecular Neuroscience at George Mason University.
Her research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor signaling in the developing brain. Her laboratory explores the role of acetylcholine in synapse formation and maturation in developing hippocampus and cortex during the early stages of life using cutting edge live cell imaging and proteomic tools.
She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the Protein Society, the Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and the VA Youth Tobacco Program. She serves on the editorial board for Amino Acids and Proteomics Insights and is a book editor in the Springer series Methods in Molecular Biology.
She has been the recipient of the Pre-doctoral Intramural Research and Training Award from the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Philip Morris Award, the Foundation for Medical Research Award, the International Brain Research Organization World Congress Award, and the Philippe Foundation Scholar Award. In 2014 she was presented the Emerging Research Scholar Creator Award by George Mason University.
She is funded by the VA Youth Tobacco Program, the National Institutes of Health, the Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation, and the Jeffress Memorial Trust.
She is an author on numerous peer-reviewed published scientific works in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Journal of Neuroscience, and Molecular Pharmacology. Her findings have featured in U.S. News & World Report, Los Angeles Times, and The Week.
She pursued her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Professor Patricia Goldman-Rakic (Yale University) and Professor Jean-Pierre Changeux (Pasteur Institute). She received her doctorate in Pharmacology from the Penn State College of Medicine in 2003 under the tutelage of Professor Robert Levenson.