Carol Mason was a co-director of the Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior from 2006-2017, and is currently an advisor to the program. Throughout her career, Carol has supported training and mentoring of students and young faculty, especially women, in scientific and professional skills, and championed communication of science to the public. Carol currently teaches in the NB&B course in Professional Skills, the Basic Science in Ophthalmology Course, and has taught in Introduction to Neural Development. Carol was President of the Society for Neuroscience from 2013-2104, and is a member of a NAS/NAM/NAE working group on Neuroscience Training: Developing a Nimble and Versatile Workforce. Carol is a fellow of the AAAS, The Simons Foundation, and a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. Carol is currently Zuckerman Institute Chair of Interschool Planning, to foster faculty and student intellectual interactions, including interdisciplinary recruitment and appointments.
Mimi Shirasu-Hiza, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Genetics & Development as well as a Co-Director of Genetics & Development Graduate Program. Mimi received her Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, San Francisco, completing her doctoral research in the lab of Timothy Mitchison. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in David Schneider's lab.
Stephen Siegelbaum, PhD, is a principal investigator at the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, a Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics with the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and a Gerald D. Fischbach M.D. Professor of Neuroscience with the Department of Neuroscience.
Aniruddha Das, PhD
Aniruddha Das is an associate professor of neuroscience at Columbia University, principal investigator at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute, a member of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science, and the Director of Diversity Initiative for the Neurobiology & Behavior Graduate Program. He received his PhD from Berkeley with Charles Townes, (the inventor of the maser and laser), but decided to pursue his long-standing interest in neurobiology and perception, starting with postdoctoral training with Charles Gilbert at Rockefeller University. Professor Das’s lab is interested in cortical mechanisms of visual processing. They have two broad areas of research – understanding task-related anticipation in the visual cortex and analyzing the cortical basis of visual form processing. They are also actively involved in developing new recording and analysis techniques for these two research directions.