Speaker information

Leah Krubitzer is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis.  She attended Pennsylvania State University where she received a BS degree, and did her graduate work at Vanderbilt University, where she received her PhD in Physiological Psychology.  She spent over six years in Australia, at the University of Queensland where she studied a number of primitive mammals including the duckbilled platypus and the spiny ant eater.  Dr. Krubitzer is an expert in the field of evolutionary neurobiology and utilizes electrophysiological, neuroanatomical and behavioral techniques to investigate how the neocortex becomes complexly organized in different groups of mammals.  Dr. Krubitzer has published over 70 peer reviewed papers, chapters in books and reviews, and has given numerous national and international lectures on her work.  She has also received several prestigious awards for her comparative and developmental work on mammals including the Herrick Award and a MacArthur fellowship.