Speaker Details



University of Virginia

Dr. Ali D. Güler is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Virginia. Throughout his training, he has been interested in manipulating molecular, biochemical and electrical characteristics of specific cell types to investigate the inner workings of the mammalian nervous system. After graduating from Bowdoin College, he earned a PhD at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he studied the structure and function of temperature-gated ion channels. During a short fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Department of Biology he demonstrated the necessity of a specialized light-recipient retinal cell type in synchronization of physiological circadian oscillations to the day/night cycle. As a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Life Science Research Foundation Fellow at University of Washington, he developed a mouse model to control reward-signaling neurons of the brain to study their role in motivated behaviors. In his laboratory at the University of Virginia Department of Biology, he is focusing on delineating the neuronal circuits that govern reward processing and circadian rhythms to understand how the brain sifts through complex information to select proper behavioral responses.

Symposium Faculty

Elçin Ünal

University of California, Berkeley

Ali Deniz Güler

University of Virginia

Yasemin Sancak

Washington University

Ömer Yılmaz

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joseph L. Goldstein

University of Texas

Michael S. Brown

University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center

Linda Partridge

University College London

Bruce Spiegelman

Harvard Medical School

Ronald M. Evans

Salk Institute

Leslie Vosshall

The Rockefeller University

Michael Czech

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Jean Schaffer

Washington University

Gerald Shulman

Yale University

Shizuo Akira

Osaka University

Brenda Schulman

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Vamsi Mootha

Massachusetts General Hosptial

Peter Walter

University of California, San Francisco