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Thursday, May 14, 2020

11:30 AM|
Registration
12:00 PM|
Lecture
1:00 PM|
Luncheon
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue at 66th Street
New York, New York

Host

Richard P. Lifton, M.D., Ph.D.

President and Carson Family Professor
LABORATORY OF HUMAN GENETICS AND GENOMICS
The Rockefeller University

Speaker

Vanessa Ruta, Ph.D.

Gabrielle H. Reem and
    Herbert J. Kayden Associate Professor
Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior
The Rockefeller University
Vanessa Ruta, a 2019 MacArthur Fellow, is a pioneering neuroscientist whose investigations are helping to explain how behavior is shaped by the interplay of internal states and external sensory input. Through innovative studies of a familiar research model, the fly Drosophila, she and her colleagues are shedding light on essential features of the brain’s functional architecture and chemistry that enable living organisms to adapt and thrive within ever-changing environments.  A Rockefeller graduate, Dr. Ruta returned to the University as a head of lab 2011 and was promoted to associate professor in 2017. In addition to the MacArthur Fellowship (colloquially known as the “genius” award), she has also been a New York Stem Cell Foundation-Robertson Neuroscience Investigator and a recipient of the National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award.