About this talk
As a child, Susan McConnell would spend hours watching wood rats carrying out their complex social lives in a woodpile. In this interview, she explains how her early interest in animal behavior formed the underpinnings of two passions in her life: understanding how neural circuits are assembled during development (which ultimately regulates animal behavior, and forms the main pursuit of her lab), and her love for wildlife photography, which she pursues around the globe.
About the speaker
Susan McConnell is the Susan B. Ford Professor of Humanities and Sciences in the Department of Biology at Stanford University. Her lab investigates how neurons form precise connections in the developing brain and how transcription factors regulate neuronal identity. See more about her research on her lab page. McConnell is also an award-winning wildlife photographer who teaches courses at Stanford on conservation photography. Photos from this interview and many more can be found at susankmcconnell.com. McConnell is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
About the interviewer
After completing graduate school at UCSF, Sarah Goodwin became the Director of iBioSeminars/iBioMagazine.
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