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Columbia Neuroscience Seminars

Elaine Hsiao, PhD, Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology & Physiology at UCLA, speaks a recent seminar (Credit: Sirin Samman for Columbia's Zuckerman Institute)

Sparking the conversations that drive science forward.

All seminars will occur virtually at 1 pm on Tuesdays.

The Columbia Neuroscience Seminars series is a collection of invited talks by national and international researchers in the field of neuroscience. Speakers represent a range of research institutions and career stages, who are recognized experts in their field or who have demonstrated future promise for outstanding research. As a major goal of this seminar series is to expose graduate students, postdoctoral and junior researchers to high-quality science and to stimulate scientific discourse, the weekly lectures and associated events are designed to draw together the neuroscience community at Columbia and to catalyze the conversations and collaborations that advance the discipline.

The live seminars, including a pre-recorded lecture with curated closed captions*, live Q&A, and post-lecture mingling, are open to Columbia affiliates. (Registration is required: register here.) Many lecture recordings are publicly accessible on the Zuckerman Institute YouTube channel approximately one week after each seminar. Invited speakers join meetings with faculty, graduate students and postdocs at Columbia to continue the conversation after their seminar. Those wishing to meet with a speaker may email the host listed below or see the contact information on individual event pages. 

Speakers are chosen by a selection committee composed of over twenty members that are faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students from across Columbia's campuses. Guided by the Columbia Neuroscience Seminars Core Values and Participation Guidelines, the committee solicits nominations for speakers broadly from the Columbia community before inviting speakers whose work represents various fields and techniques in Neuroscience. Committee members are listed below.

The Spring 2022 series poster is available for download here.

*We strive for accuracy in closed captioning. When there is a discrepancy between the captions and the speaker, the speaker's words take precedence.

The series is a collaborative effort of Columbia's Zuckerman Institute, the Department of Neuroscience, the Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior and the Columbia Translational Neuroscience Initiative, and with support from the Kavli Institute for Brain Science.





January 18
Gentry Patrick


January 25
Catherine Hartley
New York University 
Host: Yvonne Li
Additional details HERE

February 1
Sonia Garel
IBENS (Paris)
Host: Alonso Ortega Gurrola
Additional details HERE

February 8 (CANCELED)
Vivek Jayaraman
Janelia Research Campus
Host: Richard Mann

February 15
Robert Carrillo
University of Chicago
Host: Abby Wood
Additional details HERE

February 22
André Fenton
New York University 
Host: Walter Fischler-Ruiz
Additional details HERE

March 1 (CANCELED)
Alicia Izquierdo   
Host: Catherine Insel

March 8
Nicholas Bellono
Harvard University 
Host: Wataru Yamamoto
Additional details HERE

March 15 (CANCELED)
Michael Rosbash   
Host: Yifan Yao

March 29
Irina Vetter
University of Queensland
Host: Grace Shin
Additional details HERE

April 5
Jessica Payne
Notre Dame
Host: Kelley M. Swanberg
Additional details HERE

April 12 (CANCELED)
Jean Rene Duhamel
Host: Olivia Rutler

April 19 (RESCHEDULED to MAY 3)
Mario Penzo 
Host: Daniel C. Lowes
Additional details HERE

April 26
Debby Silver
Duke University 
Host: Nefeli Slavi
Additional details HERE

Mala Murthy
Princeton University 
Host: Jacob Portes

May 10
Pierre Vanderhaeghen
KULeuven (Brussels)
Host: Franck Polleux
Additional details HERE

May 17
Jenny Hsieh
Host: Julia Castello Saval
Additional details HERE

May 24
Uri Hasson
Princeton University 
Host: Tal Golan 
Additional details HERE

May 31
Anna Molofsky
Host: Kelsey S. Heavener

Robert H. Singer
Host: Ella Doron-Mandel

June 14
Steve Chang
Yale University 
Host: Vincent Fererra
Additional details HERE

June 21
David Stern
Host: Richard Mann

June 28
Yasmin Hurd
Mount Sinai
Host: Briana K. Chen
Additional details HERE

July 5 
Michael Crickmore  
Harvard Medical School 
Host: Richard Mann
Additional details HERE




Rui Costa, Professor of Neuroscience and Neurology, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Carol Mason, Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, Neuroscience and Ophthalmic Science (in Ophthalmology); Chair of Interschool Planning at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Serge Przedborski, Page and William Black Professor of Neurology (in Pathology and Cell Biology and Neuroscience); Director, Columbia Translational Neuroscience Initiative

Steven Siegelbaum, Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D. Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Pharmacology; Chair, Department of Neuroscience




Nuno Dinis Alves, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dmitry Aronov, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Edmund Au, Assistant Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology

Jennifer Bussell, Associate Research Scientist

Briana Chen, Graduate Student in the Doctoral Program for Neurobiology and Behavior 

Yasmine El-Shamayleh, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience 

Vincent Ferrera, Professor of Neuroscience (in Psychiatry) 

Mickey Goldberg, David Mahoney Professor of Brain and Behavior (in Neuroscience and Neurology [in Psychiatry and Ophthalmology])

Rene Hen, Professor of Pharmacology (in Psychiatry), Neuroscience

Oliver Hobert, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Ben Hobson, Graduate Student in the Doctoral Program for Systems Biology

Guillermo Horga, Florence Irving Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Eliza Jaeger, Graduate Student in the Doctoral Program for Biological Sciences

Christoph Kellendonk, Associate Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Psychiatry

Niko Kriegeskorte, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Jennifer R. Merrit, Postdoctoral Research Scientist 

Will Orent, Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Georgia Pierce, Graduate Student in the Doctoral Program for Neurobiology and Behavior 

Franck Polleux, Professor of Neuroscience

Monika Riegel, Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Francisco Sacadura, Graduate Student in the Doctoral Program for Neurobiology and Behavior 

Carol Troy, Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology and Neurology

Andrés Villegas, Graduate Student in the Doctoral Program for Neurobiology and Behavior

Daniel M. Virga, Graduate Student in the Doctoral Program for Neurobiology and Behavior

Hynek Wichterle, Associate Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology, Neuroscience (in Neurology), Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine

Efran Zabeh, Graduate Student in the Doctoral Program for Neurobiology and Behavior

Lori Zeltser, Associate Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology

Jin Zhang, Associate Research Scientist

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