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Neural Circuitry of Sex and Violence” by Dr. David J. Anderson — Featured Speaker, 2018

The Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series

Neural Circuitry of Sex and Violence” by Dr. David J. Anderson — Featured Speaker, 2018

  • New Delhi: January 152018
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  • Bengaluru: January 172018
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  • Mumbai: January 192018


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Neurobiologist of Emotion Dr. David J. Anderson to Tour India in January for Eighth Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series

California Institute of Technology neurobiologist Dr. David J. Anderson, a leader in the neurobiological foundations of emotion, is the Featured Speaker of the Eighth Annual Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series. As part of the series, he will be giving lectures this January in New Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai. In addition to the lectures, he will visit scientific institutions in each city and meet with students and faculty to learn about the work going on in their labs. The Annual Lectureship series is aimed at bringing the highest calibre of global scientists to interact and exchange knowledge with the Indian scientific community. Admission to the lectures is free and open to all.

Dr. Anderson aims to understand how emotions are encoded in the circuitry and chemistry of the brain and how this combines with an animal’s experience of the outside world to trigger specific behaviours, such as aggression or attraction. His lab uses the latest tools in genetics, electrophysiology, and functional imaging to mark, map, and manipulate specific neurons in mice and fruit flies.

His most recent work challenges the widespread presumption among neuroscientists that brain circuits responsible for innate behaviours are hardwired. His lab found that mice that have socialized with their peers activate specific and different neurons upon detection of an intruder, depending on whether the intruder is male or female. Conversely, mice that had never been exposed to other rodents activate similar neurons in response to intruders of either sex. This provides evidence that mice do not have sex-specific neural assemblies from birth, but rather that these pathways develop in response to life experience.

Dr. Anderson began his career in neurobiology by studying neural crest stem cells, which, during development, generate many cells and tissues, including brain cells. He was the first to isolate a multipotent self-renewing stem cell for neurons and glia and to identify growth factors and master transcriptional regulators involved in this switch.

Dr. Anderson received his AB from Harvard University in 1978 and his PhD from Rockefeller University in 1983 under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Dr. Gunter Blobel. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia with another Nobel Laureate, the neurobiologist Dr. Richard Axel. In 1999, he received the Alden Spencer Award in Neurobiology from Columbia University. Dr. Anderson was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007. He is currently the Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology at the California Institute of Technology; the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience Leadership Chair; a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator; and director of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience.

Awards and Honours

  • 2016Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize
  • 2010Allen Distinguished Investigator
  • 2007Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • 2005Alexander von Humboldt Award
  • 2002Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Professional Activities

  • 2016present Cell Types and Connections Scientific Advisory Council, Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • 2013Working Group for the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director, Obama BRAIN Initiative
  • 2011present Mindscope Advisory Council, Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • 2009present Scientific Advisory Committee, Helen Hay Whitney Foundation

Professional Activities

Lecture Schedule

Date, Time, and Venue:Introduction by:
New Delhi:


January 15, 2018. 4.30 p.m. Jawaharlal Auditorium, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

Professor K. VijayRaghavan


Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India

Bengaluru:


January 17, 2018. 4.30 p.m. National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS)

Professor Sanjeev Jain


Department of Psychiatry National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences

Mumbai:


January 19, 2018. 4.30 p.m Homi Bhabha Auditorium, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)

Professor Shubha Tole


Principal Investigator, Department of Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

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