Ilona Kats is a graduate student in the Neuroscience program interested in the mechanism of cap-dependent translation initiation in autism and synaptic plasticity. She graduated with a B.A. from Pomona College where she studied the effects of stress and exercise on long-term potentiation in rats. More recently before coming to NYU she spent two years doing research on an Intramural Research Training Award in the Kenneth Fischbeck laboratory at the National Institutes of Health. There she studied the molecular mechanism of Spinal and Bulbar Muscular atrophy using induced pluripotent stem cells.