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NYU School of Medicine presents 2012 Dart/NYU Biotechnology Achievement Awards
Date:4/9/2012

described the intimate molecular junction between cells that permits our immune system to recognize invaders" said Gerald Weissmann, MD, research professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, and director, Biotechnology Study Center at NYU School of Medicine. "The discoveries made by these three remarkable scientists have already changed our approach to health and disease and they promise even more for the future."

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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Contact: Lisa Greiner
lisa.greiner@nyumc.org
212-404-3500
NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine
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