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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 through December 2021 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 Fall 2021 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.





September 14
Denis Jabaudon 
University of Geneva
Host: Sumin Jan
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September 21
Nicole Rust  
Host: Anna Ipata
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September 28
Leah Krubitzer    
UC Davis
Host: Gordon Petty
Click HERE for more info

October 5
Steve McCarroll   
Broad Institute 
Host: Natalie Niepoth

October 12
Francisco J. Quintana  
Host: Charlotte Wayne
Click HERE for more info

October 19
Sheyum Syed    
University of Miami    
Host: Samantha Tener
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October 26
John O'Doherty 
Host: Nicholas Singletary and Justin Buck
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November 9
Elizabeth Phelps   
Host: Alex Dranovsky

November 30
Soo-Kyung Lee  
University at Buffalo
Host: Gillie Ben-Chorin

December 7
Alexis Stranahan   
Augusta University    
Hosts: Latasha Wright

December 14
Andrea Hasenstaub 
Host: Nima Mesgarani





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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