The Biotechnology Study Center is an academic center for the study of biotechnology with the end-goal of significantly improving public health. The Dart/NYU Biotechnology Achievement Awards have been supported by a generous grant from Dart Neuroscience LLC since 2004 and are awarded on behalf of the Fellows of the Center at The Biotechnology Center.
BACKGROUND ON 2012 AWARD RECIPIENTS:
Dart/NYU Biotechnology Achievement Award in Basic Biotechnology:
Cori I. Bargmann, PhD, Torsten N. Wiesel Professor and Head of the Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior, The Rockefeller University
Using the roundworm C. elegans as a model system, Dr. Bargmann has deciphered neural networks that define individual and group behaviors: these "prewired preference maps" describe how nature modifies nurture in taste and olfaction. She has recently found that variation in social behaviors of C. elegans arise from genetic variation in a neuropeptide receptor that modulates a specialized social circuit to integrate environmental and genetic variation to make a single behavioral decision.
Dr. Bargmann received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Georgia. She received her PhD in 1987 from MIT where she worked under Robert A. Weinberg at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. She pursued a postdoctoral fellowship with H. Robert Horvitz (also at MIT) until 1991 when she accepted a faculty position at the University of California, San
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