Profiles in Discovery: Trailblazing Bioscientists

2014 Lecture & Reception

Profiles in Discovery 2014

Nicholas Spitzer

The Ever-Changing Brain: From Embryo To Adult

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 at 4pm
Liebow Auditorium

Watch on UCSD-TV

How the embryonic nervous system is assembled and the adult brain is modified depend on both genes and the environment - experiences such as learning and memory that can radically change the brain’s wiring or neuronal function. Professor Spitzer will discuss his studies that have provided a new look at how neuronal wiring is assembled in the developing brain and the impact that environment has on continually shaping the brain later in life.

The lecture is free and open to the public - no RSVP required.

About the Lecturer

Peter Geiduschek

Nicholas Spitzer

Distinguished Professor
Section of Neurobiology, UC San Diego

Faculty Profile

Nicholas C. Spitzer is Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind at UC San Diego. He is a developmental neurobiologist known for studies of calcium-dependent embryonic neuronal excitability and activity-dependent neuronal differentiation. He received his BA in biology and his PhD in neurobiology from Harvard University and was a postdoctoral fellow there and at University College London before joining the UC San Diego faculty in 1972. He is Editor-in- Chief of, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and member of both the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.