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Eve Marder


Eve Marder (Photo: Peter Bagde).

Eve Marder is the Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience in the Biology Department.

Marder grew up in New York and New Jersey, and gained her first degree in biology from Brandeis University, in 1969. She earned her PhD at the University of California, San Diego in 1975, and then worked at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and the École Normale Supérieure, Paris. She then returned to the Biology Department at Brandeis University, becoming a full professor in 1990.

She has pioneered understanding of how a neural circuit can generate the necessary rhythmic firing patterns that control rhythmic muscle movements such as breathing, walking, and passage of food through the gut.

Marder’s much feted contributions to neuroscience include membership of the US National Academy of Sciences and fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her awards include the Women in Neuroscience Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award (2002), the Gruber Award in Neuroscience (2013), and the George A. Miller Award from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (2012).

Life story: Eve Marder

Eve Marder giving a lecture at the 2016 Kavli Prize week (Photo: Thomas Eckhoff)

Illustration showing the action of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and noradrenaline in the synaptic cleft. Vesicles containing the neurotransmitter (green) move towards the pre-synaptic membrane where they fuse with the cell membrane, releasing their contents into the synaptic cleft. The neurotransmitter molecules act on the post-synaptic cell by binding to specific receptors on the cell surface (purple). They can also be taken back up by the presynaptic cell via other receptors (orange) for re-use. (Credit: Arran Lewis, Wellcome Images)Eve Marder (Photo: Peter Bagde)

Read the life story of Kavli Prize Laureate Eve Marder:

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Watch videoes with Eve Marder:

Eve Marder thinks about brains.

Eve Marder studies how the brain remains stable.

Eve Marder discusses brain pathways.