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Alvaro Duque, PhD

Director MacBrain Resource Center and Research Scientist, Department of Neuroscience; Research Scientist, Neuroscience

Dr. Duque began his training in neuroanatomy and physiology in Dr. Laszlo Zaborszky's lab at Rutgers University where he studied basal forebrain local circuits and corticopetal connections. Having acquired a deep interest in the organization and function of the cerebral cortex, he moved to Yale to continue his training with Dr. Patricia Goldman-Rakic and later with Dr. David McCormick. When his interest turned to how environmental factors affect general brain organization, cortical circuitry and ultimately behavior, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Pasko Rakic, one of the few places in the world where access to timed pregnant monkeys in conjunction with state-of-the-art technologies is available. Dr. Duque’s familiarity with the material and concern about alternatives to animal experimentation have fueled his interest in creating, maintaining and expanding the availability of MacBrainResource to the larger neuroscience community.