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Memory: A Window in Time

Ph.D. Recruitment Lecture

  • This event already took place in February 2020
  • Caspary Auditorium

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Friday Lecture Series
Priya Rajasethupathy, M.D., Ph.D., Jonathan M. Nelson Family Assistant Professor and head, Laboratory of Neural Dynamics and Cognition, The Rockefeller University

Research in the Rajasethupathy Laboratory is aimed at bridging systems genetics and systems neuroscience approaches to provide unique cross-disciplinary insights into the biology of memory. While much of the research on memory in the mammalian brain has focused on the important role of one brain region, the hippocampus, the lab seeks a broader understanding of the coordinated, distributed, and dynamic representation of memories throughout the brain. Toward these aims, the lab develops cognitive behavioral paradigms for rodents that are implemented in virtual reality environments, together with methodologies to observe and manipulate genes and neural circuit dynamics on behaviorally relevant timescales. This talk will report on ongoing projects in the lab aimed at revealing brain mechanisms that support memory on vastly different timescales, from minutes-long representations (working memory) to days (long-term memory) to months & years (life-long memories).

Priya Rajasethupathy obtained her bachelor's degree from Cornell University, and subsequently obtained an M.D. (2013) and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience (2012) from Columbia University, under the mentorship of Eric Kandel. She did her post-doctoral work at Stanford University in the lab of Karl Deisseroth where she developed and applied methodologies for in vivo imaging and manipulation of rodent brain during behavior, leading to the discovery and characterization of a novel memory retrieval circuit in the brain. She joined The Rockefeller University as assistant professor in 2017.

Rajasethupathy has been a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award, NIH Pathway to Independence Award, and an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. She has also been named a Searle Scholar, Klingenstein-Simons Fellow in the Neurosciences, and an Irma Hirschl/Monique Weill-Caulier Trust Research Awardee. She has been recognized as a Top Ten Early Career Scientist by Science News.

Justin Sloboda
(212) 327-7785
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Refreshments, 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m., Abby Lounge
Justin Sloboda
(212) 327-7785

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