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Rebecca M. Jones, PhD ’12

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Rebecca M. Jones was in ninth grade when she read neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks’ famous book “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales,” which describes the case histories of some of his patients. “Ever since reading Dr. Sacks’ book, I have been fascinated by the field of human neuroscience,” she said.

Rebecca entered Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WCGS) in 2006 and studied developmental cognitive neuroscience. She enjoyed spending time in the lab, interacting with other students and fellows, with whom she maintains close ties. Rebecca graduated in 2012 with a PhD in Neuroscience. Now, she is an assistant professor of neuroscience in psychiatry and the principal investigator of a laboratory in Weill Cornell’s Department of Psychiatry.

How did you select Weill Cornell Medicine for your graduate training?

I was inspired by the cutting-edge research. Plus, the students seemed incredibly happy in the environment at Weill Cornell.


What is your current position? Also, please describe a typical day at work.

I run a lab, which means that I am mentoring students, working on manuscripts, writing grants, brainstorming with colleagues, reading and sometimes teaching. I love that each day is different, and there are always new challenges that come up and require me to think beyond what I already know how to do.


How did Weill Cornell Medicine prepare you for this position?

Weill Cornell prepared me phenomenally! I had a terrific mentor for my dissertation, who fostered a love for science and intellectual passion in me. I also had an amazing team of faculty mentors who provided support, guidance and encouragement to continue on a path in academia.


What is your greatest takeaway as a graduate student at WCGS?

The WCGS community is supportive and nurturing, which is fundamental to being successful as a graduate student. The environment at Weill Cornell is simply stellar.


What do you like to do in your spare time?

I have a 13-month-old daughter, so spare time has taken on a different meaning this year. Outside of spending time with her, I love taking advantage of New York City, whether that be going to the theater, spending time in Central Park or dining at new restaurants.