Past Joint Seminars

Academic Year 2016-2017

Fall 2016

September 27, 2016


MICHAEL A. LONG, Ph.D. (Hosted by Dean Buonomano; dbuono@ucla.edu)
Departments of Otolareyngology and Neuroscience and Physiology
New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York

“How does the brain generate behavioral sequences?"

October 4, 2016

WENDY SUZUKI, Ph.D. (Hosted by James Bisley; jbisley@mednet.ucla.edu)
Center for Neural Science,
New York University, New York, New York

“Adventures in brain plasticity: from memory palaces to SoulCycle"

October 11, 2016

NAOSHIGE UCHIDA, Ph.D. (Hosted by Sotiris Masmanidis; smasmanidis@ucla.edu)
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Center for Brain Science
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

“Arithmetic and neural circuits underlying dopamine prediction errors"

October 18, 2016

LISA GIOCOMO, Ph.D. (Hosted by Nanthia Suthana and H. Tad Blair; nsuthana@mednet.ucla.edu; blair@psych.ucla.edu)
Department of Neurobiology,
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California

"Calculating the algorithms of spatial maps"

October 25, 2016

GARY ASTON-JONES, Ph.D.(Hosted by H. Tad Blair; blair@psych.ucla.edu)
Brain Health Institute,
Rutgers Univeristy, Piscataway, New Jersey

Title to be determined

November 1, 2016

The Arnold Scheibel Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience Lecture
MELISSA MALVAEZ, Ph.D. 
(Hosted by Tom O'Dell; todell@mednet.ucla.edu)
Laboratory of Kate Wassum, Department of Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles

"Releasing the brakes on habit memory"

November 8, 2016

SILVIA ARBER, Ph.D. (Hosted by Ben Novitch; bnovitch@g.ucla.edu)
Biozentrum and Friedrich Miescher Institute,
University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

“Disentangling neuronal circuits for motor control”

November 29, 2016

The Brain Research Institute 28th Annual Neuroscience Poster Session Distinguished Lecture

YUH-NUNG JAN, Ph.D. (Hosted by Shuwa Xu; sxu@mednet.ucla.edu)
Departments of Physiology and Biochemistry
University of California, San Francisco

Title to be determined

Note: this lecture will be held at 4:00pm, in Ackerman Union Grand Ballroom

Academic Year 2015-2016

Spring 2016

March 29, 2016

Charles H. (Tom) Sawyer Distinguished Lecture (Hosted by Art Arnold and the LNE; arnold@ucla.edu)
GEERT de VRIES, Ph.D.
Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

“Sex differences in the brain: a whole body perspective"

April 5, 2016

ERIC KLANN, Ph.D. (Hosted by Carlos Portera-Cailliau; cpcailliau@mednet.ucla.edu)
Center for Neural Science, New York University, New York, New York

“Translational control: synapses, circuits, behavior, and brain disorders

April 19, 2016

LARRY ABBOTT, Ph.D. (Hosted by H. Tad Blair and Dean Buonomano; blair@psych.ucla.edu; dbuono@ucla.edu)
Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, Departments of Neuroscience and Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University, New York, New York

“Lessons from building network models"

April 26, 2016

New BRI Member Introduction Lecture (Hosted by Chris Evans; cevans@g.ucla.edu)
JENNIFER SILVERS, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, UCLA

"Neurodevelopmental bases of self-regulatory and social influences on emotion"

DEJAN MARKOVIC, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical Engineering, UCLA

 

“Neuroengineering the next decade”

May 3, 2016

LINDA SPEAR, Ph.D.(Hosted by Alizia Izquierdo and the ICA; aizquie@psych.ucla.edu)
Department of Psychology, Binghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, New York

“Adolescents and alcohol: acute sensitivities, enhanced intake and later consequences”

May 10, 2016

ROGER K. SUNAHARA, Ph.D. (Hosted by Chris Evans and the MBI; cevans@g.ucla.edu)
Department of Pharmacology, University of California, San Diego

Title to be determined

May 24, 2016

ED LEIN, Ph.D. (Hosted by Daniel Geschwind and the ICNG; dhg@mednet.ucla.edu)
Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle, Washington

“Probing the molecular and cellular makeup of the human and non-human primate neocortex”

May 31, 2016

AMITA SEHGAL, Ph.D. (Hosted by Kelsey Martin; kcmartin@mednet.ucla.edu)
Department of Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Unraveling the mysteries of sleep: when, why, and how”

June 14, 2016

The Brain Research Institute Twenty-Seventh Annual H.W. Magoun Lecture

BALJIT KHAKH, Ph.D. (Hosted by Chris Evans; cevans@g.ucla.edu)
Departments of Physiology and Neurobiology, UCLA

“Astrocyte roles in neural circuits; new tools, findings and concepts”

Winter 2016

January 12, 2016

ADAM GAZZALEY, M.D., Ph.D. (Hosted by Jesse Rissman; rissman@psych.ucla.edu)
Departments of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

“Technology Meets Neuroscience - A Vision of the Future of Medicine and Education”

January 19, 2016

GORDON FISHELL, Ph.D. (Hosted by Ben Novitch and the ICNR; bnovitch@g.ucla.edu)
Department of Neurobiology and Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

The Integration of Interneurons into Brain Circuits: Both Nature and Nurture”

January 26, 2016

YAEL NIV, Ph.D. (Hosted by Alicia Izquierdo and the ICLM; aizquie@psych.ucla.edu)
Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

“What is the Role of the Orbitofrontal Cortex in Reinforcement Learning?”

February 2, 2016

SARAH ROSS, Ph.D. (Hosted by Ben Novitch; bnovitch@g.ucla.edu)
Department of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“A Neural Basis for the Inhibition of Itch by Counter-Stimuli”

February 9, 2016

GREG BASHAW, Ph.D.(Hosted by Samantha Butler; butlersj@ucla.edu)
Department of Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“To Cross or Not to Cross: Molecular Mechanisms that Regulate Axon Guidance at the Midline”

February 16, 2016

FRED RIEKE, Ph.D.(Hosted by A.P. Sampath; asampath@jsei.ucla.edu)
Departments of Physiology and Biophysics, Physics and Ophthalmology, University of Washington; HHMI, Seattle, Washington

Retinal Encoding of Natural Images”

February 23, 2016

LORENZ STUDER, M.D., Ph.D. (Hosted by Ben Novitch and Daniel Geschwind; bnovitch@g.ucla.edu; dhg@mednet.ucla.edu)
Developmental Biology Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

“Applications of Human ESC and IPSC-derived Neurons in the Gut, Muscle and Brain”

March 1, 2016

GEOFFREY SCHOENBAUM, M.D., Ph.D. (Hosted by Kate Wassum; kwassum@ucla.edu)
Cellular Neurobiology Research Branch, Behavioral Neurophysiology Neuroscience Section, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Baltimore, Maryland

“How Do You (Estimate You Will) like Them Apples?  The Role of the Orbitofrontal Cortex in Imagining Outcomes and Changes Caused by the Use of an Addictive Drug”

March 8, 2016

The 24th Annual Samuel Eiduson Student Lecture

TESSA HARRISON (Hosted by Felix Schweizer; felixs@ucla.edu)
Laboratory of Dr. Susan Bookheimer, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

“Neuroimaging Markers of Genetic Risk for Alzheimer's Disease in Cognitively Healthy Cohorts”

Academic Year 2014-2015

Fall 2014

Ulrike Heberlein, Ph.D., Scientific Program Director, Laboratory Head, Janelia Farm Research Campus; HHMI Ashburn, Virginia
“Flies and Alcohol: An Interplay of Nature and Nurture” 

Tirin Moore, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology, Stanford University; HHMI, Stanford, California
“The Influence of Gaze Control Circuits on Visual Cortical Signals and its Relation to Perception and Cognition” 

Sheena Josselyn, Ph.D., Department of Physiology, University of Toronto, Canada; Neurosciences and Mental Health, Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute, Toronto, Canada
“Making, Breaking and Linking Memories” 

Songhai Shi, Ph.D., Developmental Biology Program, Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
“Lineage-Dependent Circuit Assembly in the Mouse Cortex” 

Jason Stein, Ph.D., Laboratory of Dr. Daniel Geschwind, Department of Neurology, University of California, Los Angeles
“Evaluating Human Neural Stem Cell Models using a Transcriptomic Rubric” 

Rachel Wong, Ph.D., Department of Biological Structure, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
“Circuit Assembly ,Disassembly and Reassembly in the Vertebrate Retina” 

Ben Barres, Ph.D., M.D.,Department of Neurobiology, Developmental Biology, and Neurology, Stanford University
“What Do Astrocytes Do?” 

Winter 2015

Mark Bevan, Ph.D., Department of Physiology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
“NMDA Receptor-Dependent Maladaptive Plasticity of the Subthalamic Nucleus in Experimental Parkinson's Disease” 

Thomas Schwarz, Ph.D., F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center, Boston Children's Hospital; Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
“Mitochondrial Motility and Mitophagy in Neurons” 

Elly Nedivi, Ph.D., Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
“Structural Dynamics of Neocortical Inhibitory Circuits” 

Sabine Kastner, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
“Neural Network Dynamics for Attentional Selection in the Primate Brain” 

Jason Stein, Ph.D., Laboratory of Dr. Daniel Geschwind, Department of Neurology, University of California, Los Angeles
“Evaluating Human Neural Stem Cell Models using a Transcriptomic Rubric” 

Rachel Wong, Ph.D., Department of Biological Structure, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
“Circuit Assembly ,Disassembly and Reassembly in the Vertebrate Retina” 

Ben Barres, Ph.D., M.D.,Department of Neurobiology, Developmental Biology, and Neurology, Stanford University
“What Do Astrocytes Do?” 

Academic Year 2013-2014

Fall 2013

Stephen M. Smith, Ph.D.,Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, Oregon Health & Science University; Section of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Portland V.A. Medical Center
“Differential Regulation of Neurotransmitter Release by Calcium” 

Anthony Samuel Lamantia, Ph.D.,Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology; Director, The George Washington Institute of Neuroscience, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
“When Half is Not Enough: DiGeorge/22q11 Deletion Syndrome and Disorders of Cortical Circuit Development” 

Leslie C. Griffith, M.D., Ph.D., Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Neuroscience; Director, Volen National Center for Complex Systems, Department of Biology, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
"Sleep: Insights into an Essential Behavior from an Insect Model” 

Yang Dan, Ph.D., Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley; Howard Hughes Medical Institute
“Basal Forebrain Modulation of Brain States” 

Caroline A. Montojo, Ph.D., Laboratory of Dr. Carrie Bearden, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and the Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
“Dysfunctional Cognitive Control as a Liability Factor for Psychosis in a Genetic High Risk Population” 

Anatol Kreitzer, Ph.D., The Gladstone Institute, and the Department of Physiology and Neurology, University of California, San Francisco
“Using Optogenetic Approaches to Elucidate and Reverse Motor Dysfunction Associated with Parkinson's Disease” 

Martin Chalfie, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2008; William R Kenan Jr. Professor of Biological Sciences, Columbia University, New York
“Mechanosensory Transduction and its Modification in C. elegans” 

Winter 2014

Aaron Diantonio, Ph.D., Department of Developmental Biology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
“Walking the Highwire from Synaptic Growth to the Axonal Injury Response” 

Jeffrey L. Noebels, M.D., Ph.D., Cullen Trust for Health Care Endowed Chair, Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medical, Houston, Texas
“From Shaker to SUMO: Potassium Channels in Epilepsy” 

Rosa Cossart, Ph.D., INMED, INSERM, Marseille, France
“A Neuronal ‘Birthright’ in the Functional Organization of Hippocampal Networks in Health and Disease” 

Scott M. Sternson, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia
“Neural Circuits and Motivational Mechanisms for Hunger” 

Jeff Magee, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia
“Low Level Information Processing in Neocortical and Hippocampal Microcircuits” 

Mark T. D’Esposito, M.D., Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, Director, Henry H. Wheeler, Jr. Brain Imaging Center, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley
“A Blueprint for Cognitive Control: Multiple Neural Mechanisms” 

Joseph F. Cheer, Ph.D., Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, and Psychiatry, Graduate Program in Neuroscience, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore
“Endogenous Cannabinoids and the Neurobiological Control of Motivated Behavior” 

David A. McCormick, Ph.D.,Department of Neurobiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
“Cortical States: Cellular and Network Mechanisms” 

John L.R. Rubenstein M.D., Ph.D., Nina Ireland Diestinguished Professor in Child Psychiatry; Nina Ireland Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology, Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
“Transcriptional Control of Cell Fate in the Developing Telencephalon” 

Spring 2014

David Crews, Ph.D., Ashbel Smith Professor of Zoology and Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
“Sex, Nature and Nurture: Ancestral Exposure Modifies Sex Differences in Stress Reactivity” 

Ahmad Hariri, Ph.D., 2000 Interdepartmental Graduate Program for Neuroscience UCLA Alumni; Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, and Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
“Above it All: Epigenetic Regulation of Behaviorally and Clinically Relevant Human Brain Function” 

Yi Zuo, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
“Synapse Reorganization in the Living Brain” 

Nicola J. Allen, Ph.D., Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, La Jolla, California
“Astrocyte Regulation of Neuronal Glutamate Receptors” 

Yuh Nung Jan, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco
“Dendrites: From Form to Function” 

Leslie G. Ungerleider, Ph.D., NIH Distinguished Investigator, Chief, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland
“Functional Architecture of Face Processing in the Primate Brain” 

Dana Small, Ph.D., Departments of Psychiatry and of Psychology; The John B. Pierce Laboratory, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
“Creating Flavor Percepts and Preferences” 

Satoru Miura, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Scanziani Lab, HHMI, University of California, San Diego
“No Two Neurons Are the Same: Unique Identities for Neural Circuit Assembly” 

Loren Frank, Ph.D., Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco
“Neural Substrates of Memory and Decision Making” 

Alcino J. Silva, Ph.D., Departments of Neurobiology, Psychiatry & Biological Sciences, and Psychology; Integrative Center for Learning & Memory, UCLA
“The Exciting Road from Mechanisms of Learning to the Treatment of Cognitive Disorders” 

Academic Year 2012-2013

Fall 2012

Gentry Patrick, Ph.D.,Neurobiology Section, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego
“Activity-Dependent Protein Degradation at CNS Synapses” 

Marcus Meister, Ph.D.,Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
“Neural Computations in the Retina” 

Charles W. Bradberry, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Who’s Doing the Talking? A Comparison of Prefrontal Cortex and Striatum in the Behavioral Impact of Cocaine Cues” 

Susan Voglmaier, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
“Cargo Drives the Synaptic Vesicle Cycle” 

Michael Mauk, Ph.D., Center for Learning & Memory, and Section of Neurobiology, The University of Texas at Austin
“Trying to Understand the Cerebellum Well Enough to Build One” 

Paul Matthews, Ph.D., Laboratory of Tom Otis, Department of Neurobiology, and the Integrative Center for Learning & Memory, UCLA
“Shining Light on the Role of the Climbing Fiber Pathway in the Cerebellar Cortex” 

Larry J. Young, Ph.D.,William P. Timmie Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Center for Translational Social Neuroscience, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
“Neurobiology of Social Bonding: Implications for Novel Therapies for Autism” 

J. Anthony Movshon, Ph.D., Center for Neural Science, New York University, New York
“Cortical Mechanisms of Visual Perception” 

Paul Gray, Ph.D., Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
“Selfish Networks: Development and Evolution of Simple Behaviors” 

Winter 2013

David Ginty, Ph.D.,Department of Neuroscience, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
“The Development and Organization of Neurons that Underlie the Sense of Touch” 

Stephen M. Strittmatter, M.D., Ph.D.,Vincent Coates Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology, Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
“Stability and Repair of Neuronal Connectivity in the Adult Central Nervous System” 

Michael N. Shadlen, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
"Believing and Time: A Neural Mechanism for Decision Making” 

Mark G. Baxter, Ph.D., Friedman Brain Institute and Department of Neuroscience, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York
“Animal Models of Cognitive Impairment after General Anesthesia: From the Grave to the Cradle” 

Nigel Unwin, Ph.D., Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom
“Gating Movement of the Acetylcholine Receptor Caught by Plunge-Freezing” 

Jonathan A. Javitch, M.D., Ph.D., Lieber Professor of Experimental Therapeutics in Psychiatry; Professor of Pharmacology, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University; Chief, Division of Molecular Therapeutics, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York
“Delineating Molecular Mechanisms of Amphetamine Action using Drosophila Melanogaster” 

Charles Chavkin, Ph.D., Allan & Phyllis Treuer Professor of Pharmacology, University of Washington, Seattle
“Ligand-Directed Signaling at Mu and Kappa Opioid Receptors” 

Rafael Yuste, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Sciences; Co-Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Science, Columbia University, New York, New York
“A Blanket of Inhibition: The Logic of Inhibitory Connectivity in the Neocortex” 

Jane M. Sullivan, Ph.D., Department of Physiology & Biophysics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
“Synapse Dysfunction in Alzheimer’s Disease” 

Thomas R. Clandinin, Ph.D.,Department of Neurobiology, Stanford University
“Dissecting the Neural Mechanisms of Motion Estimation in the Fruit Fly” 

Elissa A. Hallem, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA
“Function, Evolution, and Development of Olfactory Circuits in Nematodes” 

Spring 2013

Melissa Hines, Ph.D.,Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
“Does Testosterone Shape the Gender of the Human Brain?” 

Christine Petit, Ph.D.,Unité de Génétique et Physiologie de l'Audition, INSERM UMRS 1120, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
“How do the Auditory Sensory Cells Process Sound? Genetics of Deafness as the Gateway to Their Molecular Physiology” 

Wesley Grueber, Ph.D., Departments of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics and Neuroscience, Columbia University, New York, New York
"Control of Neuronal Morphogenesis and Maintenance in the Drosophila Somatosensory System” 

Anatol Kreitzer, Ph.D., Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, University of California, San Francisco
“Mechanisms of Motor Control and Reinforcement in the Basal Ganglia” 

V. Reggie Edgerton, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Integrative Biology & Physiology, Neurobiology, and Neurosurgery, University of California, Los Angeles
“Novel Principles of Motor Control: Shackled by Tradition, Released by Data” 

Roberto Malinow, Ph.D., Department of Neurosciences and Section on Neurobiology, University of California, San Diego
“Synapses in Health and Disease” 

Jesse Brown, Ph.D., Laboratory of Dr. Susan Bookheimer, Interdepartmental Ph.D Program for Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles
“Multimodality MRI-based Brain Network Analysis: Applications to Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease” 

Edwin R. Chapman, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Department of Physiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Transducing Ca2+ Signals to Exocytosis” 

Academic Year 2011-2012

Fall 2011

Alison L. Barth, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“Experience-Dependent Changes in Neocortical Circuits: Perceptual Plasticity and Synaptic Change” 

Michael L. Hasselmo, Ph.D., Center for Memory and Brain, Program in Neuroscience, Boston University, Massachusetts
“Oscillations and Grid Cells in the Entorhinal Cortex” 

Ricardo E. Dolmetsch, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
"Using Stem Cells to Study Autism Spectrum Disorders" 

Miriam B. Goodman, Ph.D., Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
“Deconstructing Touch and Pain Sensation in C. elegans” 

Eduardo Perozo, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, University of Chicago, Illinois
“Structural Dynamics of Activation and Inactivation Gating in K+ Channels” 

Pablo E. Castillo, Ph.D., Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York
“Endocannabinoids as Mediators of Synaptic Plasticity” 

David E. Featherstone, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois, Chicago
“Ambient Extracellular Glutamate in the Brain Regulates Synaptic Transmission and Behavior in Flies and Mice” 

Kate Wassum, Ph.D., Laboratory of Nigel Maidment, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
“Liking, Learning and Longing: Exploring the Role of Mesolimbic Dopamine Signaling in Reward Seeking Actions” 

Winter 2012

Alcino Silva, Ph.D.,Departments of Neurobiology, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, and Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
“Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Memory Allocation in Neuronal Networks” 

Edward S. Boyden, Ph.D.,MIT Media Lab and McGovern Institute, Departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
“Optogenetics, Automated Electrophysiology, and Other Neural Circuit Tools” 

Richard J. Krauzlis, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
"The Underbelly of Vision and Action: The Role of the Brainstem in Spatial Attention” 

B.J. Casey, Ph.D., Director of the Sackler Institute and the Neuroscience Graduate Program, Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
“Development of Fear-Related Processes: From Human Imaging to Mouse Genetics” 

Michael Rosbash, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Department of Biology, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
“Circadian Rhythms: Molecules, Neurons and Circuits” 

Oliver Hobert, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
“Gene Regulatory Mechanisms Controlling Terminal Neuronal Differentiation” 

Timothy A. Ryan, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
“What Your Brain Uses to Think: The Biology of Synapses and Their Control” 

Anis Contractor, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Neurobiology, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
“Life Without Kainate Receptors: Insights from Kainate Receptor Knockout Mice” 

Spring 2012

Margaret M. McCarthy, Ph.D.,Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore
“Surprising Roles for Neuroinflammatory Mediators and Epigenetics in the Establishment and Maintenance of Sex Differences in the Brain” 

Beth Stevens, Ph.D.,F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center; Childrens Hospital Boston; Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
“Pruning CNS Synapses: An Active Role for Glia and the Complement Cascade” 

Michael L. Platt, Ph.D., Director, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences; Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience; Professor, Departments of Neurobiology and Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
"Neuronal Basis of Giving and Receiving” 

Andre A. Fenton, Ph.D., Center for Neural Science, New York University, New York
“Mind Games: Cognitive Control and Neural Coordination” 

Maria Karayiorgou, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry (in Genetics and Physiology); Acting Director, Division of Psychiatric Genetics, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, New York
“Schizophrenia Genetics: New Mutations and Emerging Paradigms” 

Rajesh P.N. Rao, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Neurobiology and Behavior Program, University of Washington, Seattle
“Bayes, Rewards, and Decision Making: A New View of the Cortex-Basal Ganglia Network” 

Li Zhang, Ph.D.,Department of Physiology & Biophysics, Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
“Synaptic Circuitry Mechanisms for the Functional Development of Auditory Cortex” 

Stephanie Groman, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
“Dopamine D2-Like Receptors: At the Nexus between Self Control and Addiction” 

Daniel H. Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry; Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor in Human Genetics; Director, UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment; Institute of Medicine Inductee
“Advances in Autism: The Path from Genetics and Neurobiology to Therapeutic Development” 

Craig E. Jahr, M.D., Ph.D., Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
“Presynaptic Receptors and Analog Signaling” 

Academic Year 2010-2011

Fall 2010

Carl W. Lejuez, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology; Director, Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research (CAPER), University of Maryland, College Park
“Measuring Positive and Negative Reinforcement Processes Underlying Risk-Taking Behavior” 

Gary J. Bassel, Ph.D., Professor of Cell Biology and Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
“mRNA Transport, Local Translation and Fragile X Syndrome” 

Jaideep S. Bains, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary, Canada
"The Role of Astrocytes in Regulating the Strength of Glutamate Synapses" 

Rodolfo R. Llinas, M.D., Ph.D., Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Physiology and Neuroscience, New York University, New York
“On the Objectivization of Subjectivity” 

Venkatesh N. Murthy Department of Molecular & Cellular , and Center for Brain Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
“Synaptic Circuits and odor Processing in the Rodent Olfactory System” 

Takao K. Hensch, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Neurology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
“Shaping Brain Function by Early Experience” 

Michael P. Coleman, Ph.D., Babraham Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom
“Molecular Mechanisms of Axon Degeneration in Injury and Disease” 

Eiji Shigetomi, Ph.D., Laboratory of Baljit Khakh, Department of Physiology, UCLA
“Astrocyte Calcium Dynamics Revealed by a Refined Genetically Encoded Calcium Indicator” 

Connie L. Cepko, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
“Cell Fate Determination in the Vertebrate Retina” 

Winter 2011

Paul A. Garrity, Ph.D., Department of Biology, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
“From the Pre-Cambrian to the Sushi Bar: TRP Channels and the Evolution of Thermal and Chemical Detection” 

Teresa A. Nick, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience, Center for Neurobehavioral Development, Center for Neuroengineering, University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, Minneapolis
“Control of Vocal Plasticity in the Songbird: Neurons, Networks, and the Space Between” 

Gina Turrigiano, Ph.D., Department of Biology, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
"The Self-Tuning Neuron: Synaptic Scaling and the Development of Visual Cortical Circuits" 

A. Kimberly McAllister, Ph.D., Center for Neuroscience, University of California, Davis
“Novel Roles for Immune Molecules in Regulating the Initial Establishment of Cortical Connections” 

Robert W. Burgess, Ph.D., The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine
“Dscams in Mouse Retinal Development” 

Marc Freeman, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester
“Molecular Mechanisms of Axon Degeneration” 

Don W. Cleveland, Ph.D., The Ludwig Institute and Departments of Neuroscience, and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego
“From Charcot to Lou Gehrig: Mechanisms and Treatment of ALS” 

Richard Ivry, Ph.D., Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of California, Berkeley
“Competitive and Inhibitory Processes During Action Selection” 

John Lisman, Ph.D., Department of Biology, Volen Center for Complex Systems, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
“Mechanisms of Short-Term and Long-Term Memory” 

Kelsey C. Martin, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Biological Chemistry, Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, Eleanor Leslie Term Chair in Innovative Brain Research, Brain Research Institute, UCLA
“Signaling Between Synapse and Nucleus During Neuronal Plasticity” 

Spring 2011

Darcy B. Kelley, Ph.D., Harold Weintraub and HHMI Professor of Biological Science; Co-Director, Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University, New York
“Neuroendocrine Decoding of Vocal Communication Signals” 

Kimberly M. Huber, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
“Regulation of Synaptic Plasticity and Development by Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein” 

Robert Desimone, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences; Director, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
"Neural Synchrony and Selective Attention" 

Kamran Khodakhah, Ph.D., Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York
“Neural Substrates of Rapid-Onset Dystonia Parkinsonism” 

David W. Tank, Ph.D., Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
“Neural Circuit Dynamics in Mice Navigating in Virtual Reality” 

Michael Graziano, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
“The Organization of Behavioral Repertoire in the Motor Cortex” 

Eve E. Marder, Ph.D., Head, Division of Science, Victor and Gwendolyn Professor of Neuroscience, Volen Center and Biology Department, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
“Beyond the Mean to the Individual: Variability, Compensation, and Homeostasis in Neuronal Circuits” 

Jason Stein, Ph.D., Interdepartmental PhD. Program for Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles
“Searching for Genetic Influences on Brain Structure” 

Todd C. Holmes, Ph.D., Professor and Vice-Chair of Physiology & Biophysics, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine
“Out of the Blue: Cryptochrome is a Blue-Light Sensor that Regulates Firing Rate in Drosophila Central Brain Arousal Neurons” 

Paul G. Mermelstein, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
“Membrane Estrogen Receptors Activate Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors to Affect Nervous System Function”