Keck Neuroscience Program

W.M. Keck Science Department

Thomas Borowski, PhD, Program Director

Keck Neuroscience Program

W.M. Keck Science Department

Thomas Borowski, PhD, Program Director


Neuroscience Speaker Series

Fall 2022 Speakers

Mara Mather

University of Southern California

Tentative Title: “Locus coeruleus and aging”

Tuesday, September 27th, 4:00 PM


James Finley

University of Southern California

Tentative Title: “Neuromuscular system and motor control”

Thursday, October 13th, 4:00 PM

Pomona College

Stephan Mahler

University of California, Irvine

Tentative Title: “Neural circuitry of reward and addiction”

Wednesday, October 26th, 4:00 PM

Burns Lecture Hall, Keck Science CEnter

Jonas Kaplan

University of Southern California

Tentative Title: “Cognitive neuroscience of mindfulness and meditation”

Monday, November 14th 4:00 PM


Past Speakers

Spring 2022

Laura Harrison

Chief Science Officer, psyML

“Neuroscience: Bridging Research from Academia to Industry”

Lindsay De Biase

University of California, Los Angeles

“CNS Microglia: Immune Cells that Shape Neuron Health and Function”

Spencer LaVere Smith

University of California, Santa Barbara

“Watching the brain in action, and how to start your career in neuroscience”

Michael Long

New York University

“Neural mechanisms of interactive communication”

Lindsey Schier

University of Southern California

“Oral Digestive and Metabolic Contributions to Sugar Reward”

Andrew Steele

Calpoly Pomona

“Get rhythm: investigations of dopamine populations regulating food anticipatory activity and diet-induced obesity in mice"

Fall 2021

Garrett Anderson

University of California, Riverside

“Molecular Control of Circuit Assembly”

Michael Beyeler

University of California, Santa Barbara>

“Restoring Vision with a Bionic Eye”

Alison Barth

Carnegie Mellon University>

“Sensory Learning and Synaptic Plasticity in the Mammalian Neocortex”

Scott Kanoski

University of Southern California>

“Western Diet Consumption and Memory Impairment: What, When and How?”

Emily Sylwestrik

University of Oregon

“Seeking Rewards: Neuronal Cell-Types Encoding Past Outcomes and Future Payoffs”

Spring 2021

Ulises Ricoy

University of Arizona

“Natural and drug reward in cockroaches: Conditioned place preference in invertebrates”

Lisa Gunaydin

University of California, San Francisco

“Fronto-striatal control of anxiety-like behaviors”

Adam Miller

University of Oregon

“Rethinking the electrical synapse – an intracellular scaffold required for the structure/function of the gap junction channels”

Ephron Rosenzweig

University of California, San Diego

“Neural stem cell grafts for repair of spinal cord injury”

Fall 2020

“Alzheimer’s Prevention: Understanding risk factors to inform intervention trials”>

"Sleep traits that influence learning and memory consolidation and mental health">

Keck School of Medicine, USC

"Alzheimer’s Prevention: Understanding risk factors to inform intervention trials"

Leslie Amodeo

Cal State University San Bernardino

"Impact of adolescent alcohol use on decision-making, sleep, and cortical activity”

Ana Wexler

University of Pennsylvania

"The future of neurotechnology: Social and ethical issues”

David Barack

Columbia University

“Information Seeking and Learning in Complex Environments”

Aaron Bornstein

University of California, Irvine

"The persistence of memory: Episodic influences on decisions and addictions"

Adam Roberts

California State University, Fullerton

Topic TBA

Leslie Amodeo

Topic TBA

Fall 2019

Arnaud Delorme

Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego

“Computational Neuroscience and Consciousness”

Pat Levitt

Institute for the Developing Mind, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

“Developmental Neuroscience”

Jeffrey Donlea

Department of Neurobiology, UCLA

"Molecular functions of sleep"

Baljit Khakh

Department of Physiology, UCLA


Summer Thyme

Harvard University

"Phenotypic Landscape of Schizophrenia-Associated Genes Defines Candidates and their Shared Functions"

Harold Zakon

University of Texas at Austin

"Scorpions vs. Desert Mice: A Case Study of Evolutionary Jiu Jitsu"

Ute Hochgeschwender

Central Michigan University

"Bioluminescent Optogenetics – Molecular Control with Biological Light "

Michele Basso

Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior

“Cognition and Movement in Parkinson’s Disease”

Rachita Sumbria

Keck Graduate Institute

"High-affinity transferrin receptor antibodies to piggyback biologics into the brain for Alzheimer’s disease"

Wayne Wu

Carnegie Mellon University

“Neuroscience and the Challenge of Consciousness”

Richard Mooney

Duke University

“From Song to Synapse: The Neurobiology of Vocal Communication”

An Do

University of California, Irvine

“Encoding of associative memory in engram cell pathways”

Spring 2018

Michael Landy

New York University

"Sensory Cue Integration: Beyond Vision"

Audrey Chen

University of California, Irvine

"Neuroimmunological regulation of sleep"

Andrei Irima

University of Southern California

"Concussions and their lasting effects upon mental health, neural degeneration and human longevity"

Ilana Bennett

University of California, Riverside

"Diffusion imaging of the aging brain: How integrity relates to episodic memory dysfunction"

Teresa Wen

Neuroscience Program, University of California, Riverside

"Development of structural and functional abnormalities underlying auditory hypersensitivity in a mouse model of Fragile X Syndrome"

Fall 2017

Barbara Knowlton

Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

"Neural Correlates of “Desirable Difficulties” in Motor Skill Learning"

Giorgio Coricelli

Departments of Economics and Psychology, University of Southern California

"Brain, Emotion and Decision Making: The Paradigmatic Examples of Regret and Envy"

Nicholas DiPatrizio

Division of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine, University of California, Riverside

"Endocannabinoids and the Gut-Brain Control of Hedonic Eating"

Fall 2016

Arne Dietrich

Department of Psychology, American University of Beirut

"The Flow Experience: From Mystetry to Mechanism"

Katie Page

Department of Internal Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine

"A View from the Top: Brain Regulatuion of Appetite and Feeding Behavior"

Weisong Ong

Department of Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania"

"Evaluating the Neurobiology of Strategic Cooperation in Non-Human Primates"

Spring 2016

Michael Landy

Department of Psychology and Neural Science, NYU

"The Hebbian normalization model or cortical adaptation"

Paul Merritt

Department of Psychology, Georgetown University

Jessie Peissig

Department of Psychology, Calstate Fullerton

"Biological basis of makeup and attractiveness"

Patricia Phelps

Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology, UCLA

"Ellects of olfactory enshaething cell after spinal cord injury"

Edythe London

Department of Molelcular nand Medical Pharmacology, UCLA

"Dopamine and brain function in addiction"

Fall 2015

Lori James

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Laura Loesch Harrison

University of Southern California

Christie Fowler

Dept Neurobiology & Behavior, UC Riverside

"Neural Circuits and Signaling Mechanisms Mediating Nicotine Dependence"

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