Weizhe Hong, an assistant professor of biological chemistry and neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been honored by The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience.

Hong was one of six scientists chosen for a 2019 McKnight Scholar Award for his research project titled, “Neural Circuit Mechanisms of Maternal Behavior.” The central goal of his lab is to provide a deeper understanding of the neural circuit mechanisms underlying social behaviors and how they malfunction in psychiatric disorders.

The three-year grant awards $225,000 to advance his research. The McKnight Scholar Awards are granted to young scientists in the early stages of establishing their research careers and who have demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience.