Dr. Tennekoon joined NINDS in May of 2018. He earned his Ph.D in Neuroscience from Northwestern University with support from a NINDS T32 funded training program. Subsequently, he received postdoctoral training at the National Institute for Drug Abuse in Baltimore. Dr. Tennekoon’s research interests involved examining differences between healthy individuals, and individuals with maladaptive behaviors (e.g. people who smoke) in terms of brain activation in reward processing circuity. He has used multifaceted approaches, including pharmacological and behavioral manipulations, MRI, and genetic studies to examine these underlying neural circuits. Throughout his career, Dr. Tennekoon has had a passion for training and has been involved in several career development symposia, workshops and other training related activities. Dr Tennekoon is delighted to be a part of the Office of Training and Workforce Development at NINDS and furthering it’s mission.