Cori Bargmann, Rockefeller University, USA
Dr. Bargmann is the Torsten N. Wiesel Professor and co-Director of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior at the Rockefeller University in New York, and has been an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1995. Her group studies the relationships between genes, circuits, and behaviors in the genetically tractable nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans. The worm’s highly developed senses of smell and taste elicit strong innate behaviors, but also allow context-specific responses and experience-dependent learning. By mapping specific behaviors onto the anatomically described nervous system of C. elegans, it is possible to ask how environmental variation and natural genetic variation converge to generate flexible behaviors.
Bargmann received her Ph.D. from MIT, where she did her thesis work with Robert A. Weinberg and performed postdoctoral research with H. Robert Horvitz. She was on the faculty at UCSF from 1991-2004, when she joined Rockefeller. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, and has received many honors including the 2012 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, the 2009 Lounsbery Award from the U.S. and French National Academies of Sciences, the 2004 Dargut and Milena Kemali International Prize for Research in Basic and Clinical Neurosciences, and the 1997 W. Alden Spencer Award for neuroscience research.
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