Three Questions: Distinguished Alumna Elisabeth Binder

Alessandra Salgueiro

Originally published November 23, 2015

Why did you choose Emory GDBBS for your graduate training?

I was actually on a Fulbright Scholarship so I was given a list of graduate schools for which I was eligible. Emory was not originally on my radar coming from Austria but I knew I wanted to study neuroscience and they had a spot for me. It actually worked out very well. Emory was at the forefront of translational neuroscience research, which, as it turns out, is exactly where I wanted to be.

How did your GDBBS experience prepare you for your career?

During my time at Emory I developed a professional network of collaborators that I still use to this day. In fact, my visit here serves two purposes as it allows me to meet with collaborators in the psychology and neuroscience departments as well as participate in the GDBBS Distinguished Alumni Award process.

What advice would you give to current GDBBS students?

I would recommend that students really build their network while they are in graduate school. Throughout your time here you are able to make connections at both the faculty and student level. Take these contacts with you and you’ll find it easier to form collaborations and develop your own laboratory down the road.