Rae Nishi

Rae Nishi, PhD


Emeritus Independent Senior Research & Education Scholar None

Falmouth, Massachusetts United States



Dr. Nishi has a BS from Stanford (1975); a PhD in Biology from UC San Diego (1980), and was a postdoc in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School (1980-1984). Her first academic position was at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR, where she rose through faculty ranks to full professor, then moved in 2001 to the University of Vermont (UVM) where she served as the founding director of the university-wide Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) as well as the Director of the Neuroscience, Behavior, and Health Transdisciplinary Research Initiative.  Her research in developmental neurobiology was continuously funded by NIH for over 30 years.  She became the Director of Education at MBL in 2016 and retired in 2019.  Over the past 18 years, she has been actively engaged in promoting diversity and inclusion: during her tenure at UVM, 25% of the students in the UVM NGP were from underrepresented groups;  she mentored participants in two NINDS grant workshops for diverse investigators; and is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director for the Working Group on Diversity for the National Institutes of Health. 

Neuroscience Sub-Discipline
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Developmental Neuroscience
Disorders of the Nervous System
History, Teaching, Public Awareness, and Societal
Neural / Synaptic Structure and Function
Neuropharmacology and Neurochemistry
Cell Culture
Histochemistry and Tracing
Imaging (microscopy)
Molecular Approaches
Optical methods

SfN Service History

CommitteeTitleMember Status
Public Education & Communication CommitteeMemberPast
Public Education & Communication CommitteeMemberCurrent
Professional Development Committee ChairpersonPast
Professional Development Committee MemberPast
NSP Selection CommitteeMemberCurrent
NSP Selection CommitteeMemberPast
Neuroscience Training Committee (NTC)LiaisonPast
Committee On Neuroscience Departments and ProgramsMemberPast
Committee On Neuroscience Departments and ProgramsLiaisonPast
Award for Education In Neuroscience Selection CommitteeMemberPast