David J. Anderson
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David J. Anderson

Dr. Anderson is the Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology, the Leadership Chair and the Director of the TianQiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. He is also an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He received his A.B. from Harvard, his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the Rockefeller University, where he trained with the late Nobel Laureate Guenter Blobel, and his postdoctoral training at Columbia University with Nobel Laureate Richard Axel. For the first 20 years of his career, Dr. Anderson's research originally focused on the biology of neural stem cells. More recently, Dr. Anderson has switched his research focus to the study of neural circuits that control emotional behaviors in animal models. He has been at the forefront of applying new technologies for neural circuit manipulation, such as optogenetics and pharmacogenetics, to the study of emotional behaviors such as fear, anxiety and aggression, in both mice and the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Anderson has trained over 50 postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. students in his 32 years on the faculty at Caltech. He has been a recipient of continuous research support from the NIH since 1986, and an HHMI Investigator since 1989. He has also been a Paul G. Allen Distinguished Investigator. Dr. Anderson has received additional funding from agencies and foundations such as NARSAD, the Pew Foundation, the Simons Foundation, and the Sloan Foundation. Dr. Anderson's awards include an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, Searle Scholars Award, the Charles Judson Herrick Award in Comparative Neurology, the Alden Spencer Award in Neurobiology from Columbia University, the 2017 Perl-UNC Prize in Neuroscience and the 2018 Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience from MIT. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2007 was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He has authored over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, Cell and Neuron, and has served as an adviser for the Allen Institute for Brain research and the NIH BRAIN Initiative. Dr. Anderson’s TEDx talk, “Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals,” has been viewed more than 1.4 million times.
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