Murugan Lab


Malavika Murugan

Assistant Professor

Malu received her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Dr. Rich Mooney's lab at Duke University. She subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Ilana Witten‘s lab at Princeton University. 

Selected Awards:

2017 - Allison J. Doupe Fellowship, McKnight Foundation.

2016-2019 - Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain Postdoctoral Fellowship, Simons Foundation.

2010-2011 - Broad Research Award, Ruth Broad Foundation.


Maha Rashid

Graduate student

Maha received her B.A. in Neuroscience at The College of Wooster in Ohio. In lab, she is interested in studying the neural correlates that underly familiarity and social recognition using tracing, optogenetic and in vivo imaging tools. Outside of lab you can find her exploring Atlanta, usually at a park, hole-in-the-wall food spot, or a local brewery.

Nick Schappaugh 

Research Technician

Nick is a research technician interested in studying animal social behavior. He graduated in 2016 from Georgia Tech where he conducted research on the genetics of cichlid fish aggression. Since that time, he has been working as a technician to branch out into the field of neuroscience. His current research interests involve determining the factors that lead to individual variation in social decision-making behavior. Outside of research, Nick is an avid board game collector and tabletop enthusiast, and has also been learning to play the piano.

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