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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.

Seminars occur in-person with live streaming at 4 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. The seminars are open to Columbia affiliates and take place at the Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute or the Neurological Institute of Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Registration is required and registration links are forthcoming. Many lecture recordings are publicly accessible on the Zuckerman Institute YouTube channel approximately one week after each seminar. 

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. 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 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 2022 series poster is available for download here.

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 13
Dan Feldman
UC Berkeley 
Host: Shikhar Dhingra
Seminar details here
September 20
Sliman Bensmaia
Host: Francisco Salema Oom de Sacadura
Seminar details here
October 25
Gina Poe
Host: Emily Cambre
Seminar details here
November 1
Alicia Izquierdo
Host: Catherine Insel
Seminar details here
November 22
Sam Gershman
Hosts: Wen Guo and Eivinas Butkus
Seminar details here
November 29
Sten Grillner
Karolinska Institute
Host: Darcy Kelley
Seminar details here
December 7
Eve Seuntjens
KU Leuven Belgium
Host: Astrid Deryckere
Seminar details here
December 13
Hisashi Umemori
Host: Carol Mason




Daphna Shohamy, Kavli Professor of Brain Science; Associate Director of Columbia's Zuckerman Institute; Codirector of Columbia's Kavli Institute for Brain Science

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




Ashok Litwin-Kumar, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Caitlin Lloyd, Postdoc 

Carol Troy, Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology and Neurology

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

Dritan Agalliu, Associate Professor of Neurology and Pathology and Cell Biology

Emily Mackevicius, Postdoc

Francisco Salema Oom de Sacadura, Graduate student in the Neurobiology and Behavior Program

Franck Polleux, Professor of Neuroscience 

Frankie Garcia Graduate student in the Neurobiology and Behavior Program 

Guillermo Horga, Florence Irving Associate Professor of Psychiatry 

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

Inbal Israely, Assistant Professor in Pathology & Cell Biology, and Neuroscience 

Isabel Bravo, Graduate student in the Neurobiology and Behavior Program

Ishani Ganguly, Graduate student in the Neurobiology and Behavior Program

Jennifer Gelinas, Assistant Professor of Neurology/IGM

Jennifer Merrit, Postdoc

Katherine Delgado, Graduate student in the Biology Program 

Kristin Anderson, Postdoc

Lori Zeltser, Associate Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology 

Maria Antonietta Tosches, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences 

Niko Kriegeskorte, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience 

Nuno Alves, Postdoc

Stevie Hamilton, Graduate student in the Neurobiology and Behavior Program

Xinyue Chen, Graduate student in the Neurobiology and Behavior Program 

Yasmine El-Shamayleh, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience 

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