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2019 Dorothy J. Killam Lecture: Genes, neurons, and circuits: organizing behavior across timescales


Montreal Neurological Institute Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, 3801 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2B4, CA

Cornelia I. Bargmann

Torsten N. Wiesel Professor and Associate Director of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind, Brain and Behaviour
Rockefeller University, New York, USA.

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The lecture will be followed by a reception.


Speaker Bio

Cori Bargmann studies the relationships between genes, circuits, and behaviors in the genetically tractable nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans. She received a BS in biochemistry from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied the neu/HER2 oncogene with Robert A. Weinberg. Her work on the neurobiology and genetics of behavior began during a postdoctoral fellowship with H. Robert Horvitz at MIT, and continued when she was a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco beginning in 1991. In 2004 she joined Rockefeller University as the Torsten N. Wiesel Professor and Associate Director of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior. In 2013-2014, she co-chaired the NIH working group to the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director for President Obama’s Brain Initiative. She was an HHMI Investigator from 1995-2016. In 2016 she joined the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative as its first Head of Science.

The MNI is one of five Killam Institutions supported by The Killam Trusts. The Dorothy J. Killam Lecture was established at The Neuro in 2004 to recognize women of influence in business, science, politics or the humanities. This important lecture is named after an extraordinary woman who, together with her husband, made immense contributions to Canadian education and science.

Contact Information

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514 398-6047

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