Date(s) - 06/25/2014
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Masakazu Konishi Endowed Lecture
“Rapid Synaptic Actions of Estrogens”
Catherine Woolley, Northwestern University
Speck Auditorium, 8:00 PM
About the Masakazu Konishi Lectureship in Neural Systems and Behavior
Dr. Masakazu “Mark” Konishi is the Bing Professor of Behavioral Biology at the California Institute of Technology. He has worked extensively for three decades on the auditory systems of barn owls, which can use their acute hearing to home in on mice on the ground, even in total darkness. The research has led to an understanding of how the owl’s brain manages to “compute” precise locations in two dimensions, and how the neural pathways and circuits are involved. Dr. Konishi’s work has implications for better understanding the human brain and perhaps even for future interventions in certain neurological disorders. Dr. Konishi received a B.S. and M.S. from Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Following post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Tubingen and Max-Planck-Institut in Germany, Dr. Konishi was appointed an assistant professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He subsequently held assistant and associate professor positions at Princeton University. He has been a professor at Caltech for the last 32 years. Dr. Konishi is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as numerous professional organizations. He has received many awards, including The Peter Gruber Prize in Neuroscience.