Dr. Patrick is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Neurobiology Section of the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of California at San Diego. His lab studies how synapses are remodeled during normal brain function and dysfunction. He is also the newly appointed Director of Mentorship and Diversity for the Division of Biological Sciences and is the Associate Director of the Neurosciences Graduate Program (NGP) at UC San Diego. Dr. Patrick was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles where he attended King/Drew Medical Magnet high school in Watts, CA. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1999 after working in the laboratory of Dr. Li-Huei Tsai. He was a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and a United Negro College Fund/Merck postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Erin Schuman at California Institute of Technology. Dr. Patrick joined the UCSD faculty in 2004. He was the recipient of the 2010 Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action and Diversity Award. He is the PI of a recently renewed UC San Diego/Howard University Partnership for Graduate Student Success grant (UCOP-HBCU initiative). For this work, Dr. Patrick was recently selected (2015) as one of ten UC-wide recipients to receive an Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership in Presidential Initiatives.
Leigh joined the Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego the summer of 2015. Before moving to San Diego to live near closer to family, she enjoyed a career in non-profit theatre, holding positions at community and regional theatres in Germantown, TN, White River Junction, VT, and Richmond, VA. Her wide-ranging experience with fundraising, artistic direction, producing, education, and outreach programming has taught her the great value of incorporating diversity into any creative, explorative, productive, or educational environment.
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