Diane K. O'Dowd

University of California, Irvine, USA

Diane K. O'Dowd is an HHMI Professor at the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology and the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Calif, USA. She received her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biology from Stanford University (1979) and the University of California, San Diego (1985), respsectively, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at Stanford (1986–89). She has been a Professor at UCI since 1989, and her research lab focuses on understanding how specific genes and environmental factors regulate cellular plasticity in developing and mature neural circuits. They employ molecular genetic strategies to manipulate gene expression and electrophysiological and calcium imaging approaches to assess activity of living neurons in brains of both flies and mice. Moreover, her research is currently funded by grants from the NIH and the HHMI. She received UCI's Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award (2005-2006), became an HHMI Professor in 2006 and a National Academies Education in Mentor in the Life Sciences in 2008, and was recently named an AAAS Fellow. Dr. O'Dowd has served as a study section member for the NIH, the American Heart Association, and the HHMI as well as reviewing proposals for a variety of public and private agencies including the NSF, the Israel National Science Foundation, and the Alzheimer's Association.

Biography Updated on 18 October 2009

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