Dr. Sikoya M. Ashburn (she/her) completed her B.S. in Neuroscience at Duke University and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Georgetown University. As a post-doctoral researcher, she is a D-SPAN (Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience) fellow, an NIH award. Sikoya’s research uses neuroimaging analyses to explore the cerebellum’s role in cognition and neurodevelopmental disorders. Her interests also encompass neuroanatomy, development, and aging. Outside of research she teaches neuroanatomy with UNC Medical School, is a science outreach enthusiast, and enjoys mentoring young women exploring STEM-related fields. In line with her outreach initiatives, Sikoya has co-founded two non-profits: The Triangle Brain Bee and PhorwarD & Black. The first introduces high schoolers to the neuroscience field with weekly lessons and a formal trivia-style competition. The latter caters to women of color in the Raleigh-Durham (NC) area who either hold or are working on a PhD in a STEM-related field, to build community, provide mentoring, and foster interdisciplinary collaborations.

About Sikoya


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Research areas and interests

Cognitive Neuroscience Translational Neuroscience

Research methods

Neural / Brain Imaging