Eiman Azim, PhD

Associate Professor

Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory

William Scandling Developmental Chair

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Unleashing the power of AI to track animal behavior

LA JOLLA—Movement offers a window into how the brain operates and controls the body. From clipboard-and-pen observation to modern artificial intelligence-based techniques, tracking human and animal movement has come a …

The Salk Institute promotes three faculty members in the field of neuroscience

LA JOLLA—Three Salk Institute faculty members have been promoted based on their outstanding scientific contributions. They are leaders who have made original, innovative and notable contributions to neuroscience. Assistant Professors …

How the brain ignores distracting information to coordinate movements

LA JOLLA—As you read this article, touch receptors in your skin are sensing your environment. Your clothes and jewelry, the chair you’re sitting on, the computer keyboard or mobile device …

Salk scientists receive $12.9 million from NIH BRAIN Initiative

LA JOLLA—Salk Institute scientists Nicola Allen, Eiman Azim, Margarita Behrens, and Joseph Ecker have been named recipients in the 2019 round of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to better understand the brain.

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Salk scientists awarded $14.3 million to map circuitry for movement, such as reaching and grasping

LA JOLLA, CA—A team of Salk scientists led by Professor Martyn Goulding has been awarded $14.3 million over five years by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create a …

The Kavli Foundation gifts Salk $3 million for cutting-edge neuroscience research

LA JOLLA—The Salk Institute announced today that The Kavli Foundation has committed $3 million to support ongoing neuroscience research at Salk as part of the joint UCSD-Salk Kavli Institute for …

Salk Institute scientist Eiman Azim wins prestigious McKnight Scholar Award

LA JOLLA—Eiman Azim, an assistant professor in Salk’s Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, has received a McKnight Scholar Award from the McKnight Foundation. The award, which totals $225,000 over three years, encourages …

Salk neurobiologist receives NIH Director’s New Innovator award

LA JOLLA—Salk Institute Assistant Professor Eiman Azim has been named an NIH Director’s New Innovator for 2017 as part of the National Institutes of Health’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program. The …

Salk Institute scientist Eiman Azim named Pew Scholar and Aging Brain Scholar

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LA JOLLA—The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that Eiman Azim, an assistant professor in Salk’s Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, is one …

Salk researcher Eiman Azim named Searle scholar

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LA JOLLA—Eiman Azim, assistant professor in Salk’s Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, has received the prestigious Searle Scholar award, which each year …

Salk recruits award-winning neurobiologist Eiman Azim

LA JOLLA—Broadening its expertise in neuroscience, the Salk Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Eiman Azim as an assistant professor in the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory. He will join …


BS, Biology, Stanford University
BA, Philosophy of Science, Stanford University
PhD, Neuroscience, Harvard University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University


Awards & Honors

  • Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award, 2024
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2019
  • McKnight Scholar Award, 2018
  • NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (DP2), 2017
  • Kathryn W. Davis Aging Brain Scholar, 2017
  • Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, 2017
  • Searle Scholar Award, 2017
  • Eppendorf And Science Prize for Neurobiology, 2014
  • K99/R00 Award (NINDS), 2014
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011
  • Krieg Cortical Scholar Award, 2010
  • Albert J. Ryan Fellow, 2008
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship (NINDS), 2007