Academic Year 2010-2011

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”


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”


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”