Rockefeller Fellowship

The Rockefeller Fellowship is a collaboration between CBA and the Laboratory of Neurogenetics of Language at Rockefeller University to investigate the genetic origin and evolutionary purpose of dance across different species with an eye to developing new clinical therapies. Rockefeller Fellows are appointed by Rockefeller University and awarded a semester-long residency with full access to CBA and NYU’s academic and artistic resources.


About the Program

The Rockefeller Fellows will join us for a semester-long fellowship to gather and synthesize evidence on the neurological links between dance and vocal learning; examine how species developed the capacity to coordinate rhythmic sound with movement to unlock theories about the purpose of dance in human evolution; and design experiments and methodologies that will have a range of clinical and research applications and create a better shared understanding of how the neuroscience of language and dance intersect. 


2021 Rockefeller Fellows

Dr. Sadye Paez

Senior Research Associate, Neurogenetics of Language Laboratory, The Rockefeller University

Dr. Constantina Theofanopoulou

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Neurogenetics of Language Laboratory, The Rockefeller University