MacArthur Fellows Program

Leah A. Krubitzer

Neuroscientist | Class of 1998

Davis, California
37 at time of award

Leah Krubitzer is a neuroscientist whose cross-species comparative studies illuminate the relationship between brain organization and brain function.

Her primary experimental focus is on somatosensory regions of the cerebral cortex that control such things as touch, vibration, and position sense. Additionally, she has compared the organization of sensatory cortex in a wide variety of species, including star-nosed moles, platypuses, flying foxes, and several nonhuman primates. These studies show important similarities and differences between species in the cortical structure and in connections to underlying brain regions and provide vital clues about the evolutionary forces driving brain adaptation. Krubitzer's research provides new insights into the development of the cerebral cortex and the evolutionary forces driving brain adaptation.

Krubitzer is a professor in the Department of Psychology and at the Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1995. She has published numerous book chapters and articles in such journals as the Journal of Comparative Neurology, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

Krubitzer received a B.S. (1983) from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. (1989) from Vanderbilt University.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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