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Pasko Rakic, MD, PhD

Director

Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Neurology

Department Chair, Neurobiology

Director, Yale Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

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David McCormick, PhD

Vice-Director

Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neurobiology and Professor of Psychology

Vice Director, Yale Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

Biography

B.A., B.S. 1979 Mathematics and Psychology from Purdue University
Ph.D. 1983 from Stanford University
Faculty, Yale University School of Medicine 1987 to present.

Interests: Cellular mechanisms by which the cerebral cortex operates, both normally and abnormally, using a variety of electrophysiological and advanced imaging techniques.

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Pietro De Camilli, MD

John Klingenstein Professor of Neuroscience

Director, Yale Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair

Biography

A native of Italy, De Camilli studied at the Liceo Manzoni in Milan, earned his M.D. degree from the University of Milano in 1972 and obtained a postgraduate degree in medical endocrinology from the University of Pavia in Italy. He was a postdoctoral fellow (1978-79) with Paul Greengard in the Department of Pharmacology at Yale, and subsequently an assistant professor in the Yale Section of Cell Biology. Following a return of a few years to Milan, he moved back to Yale in the late 1980s, where...

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Tamas Horvath, DVM, PhD

Jean and David W. Wallace Professor of Comparative Medicine and Professor of Neurobiology and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Chair, Section of Comparative Medicine

Director, Yale Program in Integrative Cell Signaling and Neurobiology of Metabolism

Biography

Tamas Horvath is Professor and Chair of the Section of Comparative Medicine and Professor of Neurobiology and Ob/Gyn at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut. He is also the Director for the Yale Program on Integrative Cell Signaling and Neurobiology of Metabolism. He received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree from the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences in Budapest, Hungary, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree from the University of Szeged in Hungary. His...

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Arthur Horwich, MD

Sterling Professor of Genetics and Professor of Pediatrics

and Investigator HHMI

Biography

Horwich received undergraduate and M.D. degrees from Brown University, trained in Pediatrics at Yale, was then a postdoctoral fellow first at Salk Institute in the Tumor Virology Laboratory, and then in Genetics at Yale, then joined the Yale faculty. His work was initially involved with protein import into mitochondria and resulted in discovery of a "folding machine" inside mitochondria, Hsp60. He has used genetic, biochemical, and biophysical tools to study the mechanism of action of these...

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Richard Lifton, MD, PhD

Sterling Professor of Genetics and Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)

Chair, Department of Genetics

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Biography

Richard Lifton is Chair of the Department of Genetics, Sterling Professor of Genetics and Internal Medicine, Founder and Executive Director of the Yale Center for Genome Analysis and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Yale School of Medicine.He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College, then received MD and PhD degrees (in Biochemistry) from Stanford University. Following clinical training in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he continued on the...

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Marina Picciotto, PhD

Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neurobiology and of Pharmacology

Deputy Chair for Basic Science Research, Dept. of Psychiatry

Biography

Dr. Picciotto joined the Yale faculty in 1995, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship with Jean-Pierre Changeux in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. She earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Neurobiology at The Rockefeller University in New York City in 1992, where she worked in the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience under Paul Greengard. She received a B.S. degree in biological sciences from Stanford University, Stanford, California, in 1985.

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Carolyn Slayman, PhD

Sterling Professor of Genetics and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Deputy Dean for Academic & Scientific Affairs

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Amy Arnsten, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology and of Psychology

Member, Kavli Institute of Neuroscience at Yale University

Biography

Dr. Arnsten was raised in Maplewood, N.J. where she attended Columbia High School. She received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Brown University in 1976, and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCSD in 1981. She did post-doctoral research with Dr. Susan Iversen at Cambridge University, and with Dr. Patricia Goldman-Rakic at Yale. Dr. Arnsten's research has led to the development of guanfacine (IntunivTM) for the treatment of ADHD and related prefrontal cortical disorders. Her work has also uncovered...

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Joerg Bewersdorf, PhD

Associate Professor of Cell Biology and of Biomedical Engineering

Biography

Dr. Bewersdorf joined the department of Cell Biology in 2009 coming from The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, where he led a research group from 2005 to 2009. The previous 8 years, he had trained and worked with Dr. Stefan W. Hell at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, Germany. Dr. Bewersdorf received his Master's degree (Dipl. Phys.) in 1998 and his doctoral degree in physics (Dr. rer. nat.) in 2002, both from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

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Hal Blumenfeld, MD, PhD

Mark Loughridge and Michele Williams Professor of Neurology and Professor of Neurobiology and of Neurosurgery

Director, Yale Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center (CNIC)

Biography

Dr. Blumenfeld's clinical and research work focuses on epilepsy, cognition and brain imaging. He directs Yale's Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center (CNIC), a new multi-disciplinary core facility for innovative study and treatment of brain disorders. Teaching activities include a textbook titled Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases, Sinauer Assoc., Publ. 2002, 2010.

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Jessica Cardin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

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Marvin Chun, PhD

Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology

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Michael Crair, PhD

William Ziegler III Professor of Neurobiology and Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Director, Graduate Studies

Biography

Michael C. Crair is the William Ziegler III Professor of Vision Research at Yale University and director of the Vision Core Program in the Department of Neurobiology and the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and director of graduate studies for the Neurobiology Graduate Program. From 1998 to 2006, Crair taught at Baylor College of Medicine, where he was also the co-director of the Medical Scientist (M.D./Ph.D.) Training Program. A graduate of the University of California at...

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Ralph DiLeone, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Neurobiology

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Michael Higley, MD/PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

Primary Member, Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair (CNNR)

Member, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

Biography

Dr. Higley studied behavioral neuroscience at Cornell University. He then completed his MD and PhD in the MSTP Program and the laboratory of Dr. Diego Contreras at the University of Pennsylvania. He continued his scientific training as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Bernardo Sabatini at Harvard Medical School and joined the faculty of the Yale Department of Neurobiology in 2010.

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Anthony Koleske, PhD

Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and of Neurobiology

Biography

Anthony J. Koleske is an expert in understanding the biochemical mechanisms that control changes in cell shape and movement.After receiving a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Koleske performed his Ph.D. studies with Dr. Richard Young at the Whitehead Institute/Massachusetts Institute of Technology.For his Ph.D. thesis, Dr. Koleske discovered the RNA polymerase II holoenzyme, an important advancement in understanding how gene transcription...

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Daeyeol Lee, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology and of Psychology

Biography

Daeyeol Lee is a professor of neurobiology and psychology at Yale University and the director of Yale laboratory of cognition and decision making. Dr. Lee received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Seoul National University in Korea and his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then received a postdoctoral training in neurophysiology at the University of Minnesota. His current research focuses on the brain mechanisms of decision making, in particular...

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Michael Nitabach, PhD, JD

Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Genetics

Biography

Michael Nitabach JD, PhD is faculty member of Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development, Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology and Physiology, and Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. He is affiliated with the Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair. He received a PhD from Columbia University and a JD from New York University.

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James Noonan, PhD

Associate Professor of Genetics and of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Member, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

Biography

Dr. Noonan received his undergraduate degree in Biology and English Literature (Honors) from Binghamton University in upstate New York. He carried out his graduate work with Dr. Richard Myers in the Department of Genetics, Stanford University, and received his Ph.D. in 2004. He did his postdoctoral work in Dr. Edward Rubin's lab at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute. Dr. Noonan joined the Yale Genetics faculty in September 2007.

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Nenad Sestan, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology, of Comparative Medicine, of Genetics and of Psychiatry

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Matthew State, MD, PhD

Professor (Adjunct) in the Child Study Center

Co-Director, Yale Program on Neurogenetics

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Stephen Strittmatter, MD, PhD

Vincent Coates Professor of Neurology and Professor of Neurobiology

Director, Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair

Director, Memory Disorders Clinic

Biography

Stephen M. Strittmatter earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, summa cum laude, in 1980. He completed M.D. and Ph.D. training at Johns Hopkins in 1986 with mentorship from Solomon H. Snyder, M.D. He then moved to Massachusetts General Hospital for a medical internship and an Adult Neurology residency. While at Massachusetts General Hospital, he worked as a Research Fellow with Mark Fishman, M.D., exploring the molecular basis of axonal guidance. After a year as Fellow, he served...

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Susumu Tomita, PhD

Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

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Flora Vaccarino, MD

Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Neurobiology

Biography

Dr. Flora Vaccarino graduated in Medicine at Padua University in Italy and studied neuropharmacology and cell biology at NIH as a research fellow before starting her Residency in Psychiatry at Yale University. After her residency, she studied developmental biology and genetics and was appointed Assistant Professor at Yale University in 1994. She then pursued several lines of research, using genetic mouse models as well as human brain specimens, to understand the pathophysiology of...

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David Zenisek, PhD

Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science