Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience, Brandeis University
November 17, 2019
Rashid Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University
Differential Resilience to Perturbation of Circuits with Similar Performance
Eve Marder is the Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience at Brandeis University. Marder is Past-President of the Society for Neuroscience, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has received numerous prizes and awards including the Salpeter and Gerard Prizes from the Society for Neuroscience, the Neuroscience Prize from the National Academy of Sciences and the Gruber and Kavli Awards. She has received Honorary Doctorates from Bowdoin College and Tel Aviv University. She serves on the Council for that National Academy of Science.
Marder studies the dynamics of small neuronal networks, and her work was instrumental in demonstrating that neuronal circuits are not “hard-wired” but are reconfigured by neuromodulatory neurons and substances to produce a variety of outputs. Her lab combines experimental work with insights from modeling and theoretical studies. Her lab pioneered studies of homeostatic regulation of intrinsic membrane properties, and stimulated work on the mechanisms by which brains remain stable while allowing for change during development and learning. Marder now studies robustness of circuits to perturbation.
The Carnegie Mellon Neuroscience Institute will present the award to Marder at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2019 in the Rashid Auditorium, 4401 Gates Hillman Center. As part of the award ceremony, Marder will present a talk on “Differential Resilience to Perturbation of Circuits with Similar Performance”
The Carnegie Student Fellowship will be awarded to Eunsol Park, a Ph.D. student in the lab of Alison Barth, the Maxwell H. and Gloria C. Connan Professor in the Life Sciences. Park is studying how the inhibitory circuit in the neocortex changes after learning. As part of the fellowship, she will have an opportunity to spend time in the Marder lab.