hermina.nedelescu@gmail.com            or               hnedeles@scripps.edu



Pre-doctoral Training

2001 - 2005          B.S.          University of California Irvine


2007 - 2009          M.S.          New York University (mentor: Chiye Aoki)


2010 - 2014          Ph.D.         University of Antwerp (research mentors: Gordon Arbuthnott and Chiye Aoki)

Post-doctoral training


2014 - 2016      JSPS Fellow       Tokyo Medical and Dental University (host/mentor Izumi Sugihara)

2016 - 2020      Postdoc              Salk Institute for Biological Studies (2016) and The Scripps Research Institute 


2020 - present  Staff Scientist     Scripps Research Institute 


Professional experience

The Scripps Research Institute 

Mentors: Nobuyoshi Suto and Friedbert Weiss, Department of Neuroscience

2017 - Present 

Focus: Examining drug-evoked neural circuits using activity-based approaches.

The Salk Research Institute for Biological Studies

Mentor/collaborator: Eiman Azim, Molecular Neurobiology

2016 - 2017  (Temporary position during my transition from Tokyo to California)

Tokyo Medical and Dental University, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow

Host/collaborator: Izumi Sugihara, Department of System Neurophysiology

2014 - 2016 (2-year program to establish a collaborative project)

Focus: Exploring the output circuits of the cerebellum. 

University of Antwerp

Ph.D. Marie Curie Fellow under the mentorship of Professors Gordon Arbuthnott and Chiye Aoki

2010 - 2014


Project 1:  Morphological investigation of neighboring developing Purkinje cell populations using quantitative confocal microscopy and transgenic mouse technology.


Project 2:  To determine the Purkinje cell to cerebellar nuclei connectivity using a viral
approach and quantitative microscopy.


Project 3:  To identify whether light exercise regime during adolescence contributes to cerebellar noradrenergic axonal plasticity. Structural investigation of cerebellar noradrenergic fibers.

New York University

M.S. Student under the mentorship of Dr. Chiye Aoki

2007 - 2009


Project 1: To identify the ultrastructural localization changes of GluR1/2 subunits of the AMPA receptor across the lateral amygdala of fear-conditioned versus naive rats.


Project 2:EM Ultrastructural analysis and pattern expression of NR2A/NR2B subunits of the NMDARs within the hippocampus in Presenilin Conditional Double Knock-out (PS-cDKO) brains. Identification of synaptic changes elicited by PS-cDKO. 



  1. English / Italian / Romania (Fluent)

  2. Spanish (Fluent)

  3. French (Intermediate)

  4. Japanese (Basic)

  5. Matlab (Basic - intermediate)

Scientific memberships


  1. Society fof Neuroscience (SfN)

  2. Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (MCCS)

  3. Cajal Club

  4. American Association of Anatomists

2010 - present

2010 - present

Awards and honors
  • Society of Research Fellows, Scripps Research, SfN Travel award, 2019
  • Marie Curie Alumni Micro One World Grant, 2018
  • Salk Women in Science Award 2017-2018
  • Marie Curie Alumni Micro One World Grant, 2015

  • JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), Postdoctoral fellowship, Nov. 2014 - 2016 

  • JSPS, Short-term Postdoctoral fellowship, Oct. 2013 - Oct. 2014 (completed)

  • Marie Curie Fellow, CEREBNET, University of Antwerp, 2010 - 2013 (completed)

  • Belgium-American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.) Fellow, 2010 (kindly declined)

  • 11th Annual M.S. Biology Research Poster Conference, Second Place, 2009

  • Psychology Research Poster Conference, Third Place, 2009  

  • Graduate Student Travel Award, Office of the Dean, NYU, 2008

  • Student of the Year Award, American Chemical Society, 2001

  • Edward M. Nealley Foundation Scholarship Award, 2001

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