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About the Office of Fellowship Training

OFT Mission

The mission of the Office of Fellowship Training is:

  • To support and promote a productive and fulfilling research training experience in the NIMH Intramural Research Program
  • To encourage career planning and guide career management through trainee use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs)
  • To provide programs and services to assist trainees in discovering and clarifying career choices
  • To provide opportunities and to encourage trainees to build a professional skill set which enables them to become world leaders in academic and non-academic careers

Come visit our booth and speak with an OFT staff member about the fellowship and training opportunities we offer at the NIH/NIMH. We will be at the following scientific meetings: Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students  (ABRCMS), The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics  (ASPET), Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science  (SACNAS), Society of Biological Psychiatry  (SOBP) and Society for Neuroscience  (SfN).

Trainee Successes: Past & Present

Photo of Maya Zhe Wang, Ph.D.

Maya Zhe Wang, Ph.D., was a postdoctoral fellow in the Section on the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory led by Dr. Betsy Murray, at the NIMH, between 08/2020 and 03/2022. Dr. Wang's research focused on combining large-scale electrophysiology and optogenetics in nonhuman primates to study the causal and neuro-computational involvement of medial prefrontal cortex in reward-based decision-making.

Dr. Wang is currently a Senior Data Scientist at the Cigna Group. Her current work involves developing predictive models for recommending preventive care and interventions to customers and health care providers to steer at-risk individuals away from disastrous health events. Her goal is to develop, evaluate, and test cutting-edge artificial intelligence models to improve health care.


Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Minnesota

M.A. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester

B.S. in Psychology, Kansas State University

B.Ed., South China Normal University

Selected Publications

  1. Wang, M. Z., Hayden, B. Y., & Heilbronner, S. R. (2022). A structural and functional subdivision in central orbitofrontal cortex. Nature communications,13(1), 3623.
  2. Maisson, D. J. N., Cash-Padgett, T. V., Wang, M. Z., Hayden, B. Y., Heilbronner, S. R., & Zimmermann, J. (2021). Choice-relevant information transformation along a ventrodorsal axis in the medial prefrontal cortex. Nature communications, 12(1), 4830.
  3. Maisson, D. J., Fine, J. M., Yoo, S. B. M., Cash-Padgett, T. V., Wang, M. Z., Sleezer, B. J., ... & Hayden, B. Y. (2021). Orthogonal but linked neural codes for value. bioRxiv, 2021-07.
  4. Cervera, R. L., Wang, M. Z., & Hayden, B. Y. (2020). Systems neuroscience of curiosity. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 35, 48-55.