August 3: Carley Miller's F30 MD/PhD Predoctoral Fellowship is funded by NIDA!!!

July 28: Eric Stokes has been selected as a 2022 HHMI/Gilliam Fellow!!! After a rigorous selection process, Eric is one of 51 Gilliam Fellows selected.

July 1: Jason is now an Associate Professor. Many thanks to the current and former lab members.

May 10: Emma is awarded an Outstanding Student Research Award and Jason is awarded a Faculty Excellence in Research Award at the Pharmacology Awards Ceremony for 2020-2021

May 4: Carley Miller (co-mentored with Dr. Jasper Heinsbroek) passed her comprehensive examination!!! Congratulations!

April 20: Jason won the 2022 Dean's Doctoral Mentoring Award!! We are very excited and glad that Jason was selected as the winner and is recognized for his dedication to mentorship. 

March 4: The Aoto Lab's R21 is funded! Building on Brian Lloyd's work, we will investigate how neurexins control the nanoscale architecture of excitatory and inhibitory synapses.



December 7: Emma's article is published in Cell Reports! She found that the cell-type and synapse specific connectivity and usage of neurexin-3 in the ventral subiculum microcircuit is sexually dimorphic. 

August 4: Emma receives her notice of award for her F31! Congratulations!!

July 1: Carley Miller will be co-mentored in the Heinsbroek and Aoto labs!

June 5: Melanie Becher's last day as a PRA in the lab. She will be starting graduate school at Georgetown University.

June 1: Becca Roth has officially joined the lab! 

March 15: Jungmin Kim passed her Comps exam! Now she is an official PhD candidate. Congrats, Jungmin!

March 1: Becca Roth (NSP) started her 3rd rotation. Welcome, Becca!

February 23: Susy successfully defended her thesis! Congratulations, Dr. Restrepo!!!

February 9: Emma Boxer's collaboration with Christopher Ford's lab is out in Neuron! Emma contributed single-cell qPCR experiments to measure mGluR1 levels in ChI's. 


July: Eric Stokes officially joins the laboratory! Welcome back! 

July 22: Brian Lloyd passed his comprehensive examination with flying colors and is now an official PhD candidate!

June: Carley Miller (MSTP) started her summer rotation. Welcome, Carley!

May: Susy's methods paper: "Measuring Transcellular Interactions through Protein  Aggregation in a Heterologous Cell System" is out in JoVE!

February 24th: Eric wrapped up his second rotation with a great post-rotation talk. Great job, Eric! 


November 18th: Dean finished his rotation with a great post-rotation talk, and Eric Stokes will start his second rotation in Aoto lab. Good job Dean, and welcome Eric! 

November 15th: Congratulations to Emma Boxer for winning "Best Poster at the Neuroscience program retreat" for her interrogation of microcircuitry as voted on by students and faculty! JungMin Kim also gave a wonderful talk and poster on her collaborative work investigating vSub-NAc projection circuitry.

October 2nd: Susy's paper is officially out in J. Neuro!

August: Dean Kareemo starts his first rotation in the lab. Welcome, Dean!

August: Brian Lloyd officially joins the laboratory! Welcome!

May: JungMin Kim officially joins the laboratory! Welcome!

April 29th: Brian Lloyd (MSTP) begins his summer rotation. Welcome, Brian!

March 3rd: Emma Boxer's collaborative work with Dr. Matthew Kennedy's lab that characterizes a novel light-activated split botulinum toxin is in print at Neuron

February 19th: JungMin's successful post-rotation talk caps a very productive second rotation.

February 6th: Susy's poster characterizing a mutation in neurexin-3 that is linked to epilepsy and profound intellectual disability was awarded second place at the 2019 Winter Conference on Brain Research.


December 10th: Susy's was awarded a Yale Ciencias predoctoral fellowship. Congratulations, Susy!

November 11th: JungMin Kim starts her second rotation in the lab. Welcome, JungMin!

October 23rd: A paper in collaboration with Dr. Mark Dell'Acqua's lab in Cell Reports is published!

October 12th: Susy received the "best student seminar" award for her talk characterizing the functional impact of a disease-relevant point mutation in neurexin-3 at the Department of Pharmacology Research Symposium! 

October 4th: Emma Boxer passed her comprehensive examination and is now a bonafied PhD candidate!

July 26th: Susy Restrepo passed her comprehensive examination and is now an official PhD candidate!!! Well done, Susy. 

July 1st: Nora Langer joins the Aoto lab as the new PRA! Welcome, Nora!

June 29th: Kylan's last day in the lab! Thanks for helping to get the lab running and for all the technical support - you were indispensable! Good luck!

June 14th: Susy is awarded a prestigious Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study from HHMI!

June 1st: R01 from NIMH awarded!

February 20th: Ellen Ford finishes her Winter 2017-2018 rotation with a nice end of rotation talk.



November 17th: Hannah Actor-Engel ends her productive rotation with a bang. Excellent end of rotation talk! Ellen Ford begins her Winter rotation. Welcome, Ellen!

August 21st: Hannah Actor-Engel starts her Fall 2017 rotation. Welcome, Hannah!

June 28th: Brett Dunn successfully defended his Masters thesis! Congratulations!

May 22nd: Susy Restrepo and Emma Boxer have officially decided to join the Aoto lab to carry out their PhD's! Welcome back, Susy and Emma!

May 16th: Emma Boxer ends her productive third rotation in which she identified some completely unexpected disease-relevant phentoypes!

March 27th: Susy Restrepo ends her productive second rotation and Emma Boxer begins her third rotation. Welcome, Emma!

January 17th: Jun Wang starts her postdoc in the Aoto Lab. Welcome, Jun!


November 22nd: Joshua Garcia ends his very productive first rotation (Fall) and Susy Restrepo begins her second rotation (Winter). Welcome, Susy!

August 29th: Joshua Garcia begins his Fall 2016 rotation. Welcome, Josh!

August 8th: Jason receives notice of a Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD) Young Investigator Award.

July 15th: Kylan Nelson starts her PRA position.

July 10th: Brett Dunn officially joins the lab.

April 25th: Brett Dunn begins his rotation. Welcome, Brett!


February 24th: The R00 portion of the K99/R00 has been awarded to Jason Aoto.


January 15th: The Aoto Laboratory opens! We are located on the 6th floor of RC-1N.