Avital Rodal, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department and the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center at Brandeis University. Her research program focuses on how growth signals are mobilized and trafficked within neurons, and how manipulation of these dynamic trafficking events can be used in therapies to combat neurological disease. Dr. Rodal received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was the recipient of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Award. She went on to do post-doctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying how developmental and cellular cues regulate neuronal growth and connectivity, where she was the recipient of a Damon Runyon Postdoctoral award and the Charles King Trust of the Medical Foundation award. As a faculty member at Brandeis, she is the recipient of an NIH New Innovator Award, a Pew Scholar Award, an NIH Pathways to Independence Award, and a Basil O'Connor Scholar Award from the March of Dimes.