2021 Course Directors

pereda-albertoAlberto E. Pereda
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Alberto E. Pereda is a Professor in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His laboratory is interested in the properties and dynamics of gap junction-mediated electrical transmission in the vertebrate brain. Because perhaps of the relative simplicity of transmission, electrical synapses are generally perceived as passive intercellular channels that lack dynamic control. While the study of plasticity of chemical synapses has long been an area of primary interest to neuroscientists, less is known about the modifiability of electrical synapses.


stephanie-_-portait-1-3Stephanie White

Stephanie White is Professor of Integrative Biology & Physiology at UCLA where she also chairs the Undergraduate Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program. Her lab studies the neural basis of socially-learned vocal communication using songbirds. She conducted her doctoral training with Russ Fernald at Stanford University, investigating the social regulation of reproduction in cichlid fish. She was a postdoc at Duke with Rich Mooney, studying the neural basis of birdsong. Steph has previously been a student in NS&B and co-directed the Grass Labs in 2009-11.