Alicja Puścian


My work focuses on the relationship between the brain and behavior, especially in the context of emotions, motivation, and social interactions. My research is interdisciplinary and incorporates expertise in psychology, biology, and behavioral analysis. During my doctoral studies at Nencki Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, with my colleagues I designed and patented the Eco-HAB system, which enables automated evaluation of social behavior in laboratory animals under semi-natural conditions. Since then Eco-HAB, designed combining knowledge from the fields of electronics, advanced computing methods, and ecology, has been used in many laboratories in Europe and North America. 

I also worked as a visiting scientist at the Swiss Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research. For my postdoctoral studies I attended Yale University, where I was awarded the Brown-Coxe Award for the research on the dynamics of changes in the neural activity accompanying the shaping of behavior. In 2023 as a Fulbright STEM Impact Award recipient I conducted a project at Duke University that bridged the gap between two dynamically developing STEM disciplines: behavioral economics and systems neuroscience.

From the beginning of my career, I have been involved in pro-equality and mentoring activities, e.g. in the organizations Women in Science at Yale University and Women for Science here in Poland, as well as in numerous science outreach initiatives, including recording educational videos for the Polish branch of Khan Academy.

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