The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology acknowledges the increasingly active and important role of neurobiology in advancing our understanding of the functioning of the brain and the nervous system.
2013 Grand Prize Winner
The author of the prize-winning essay, Michael Yartsev, received his undergraduate and master's degrees in biomedical engineering from Ben-Gurion University in 2007. For his Ph.D., he joined the lab of Dr. Nachum Ulanovsky at the Weizmann Institute of Science. There, he recorded the activity of single neurons from the hippocampal formation of freely behaving and fl ying bats to study the underlying neural mechanisms of spatial memory and navigation in the mammalian brain. Since 2012, Dr. Yartsev is a C. V. Starr Fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University where he is conducting postdoctoral work in the lab of Prof. Carlos Brody studying the neural basis of decision-making.
Daniel Bendor, for his essay, "Play it again, brain." Dr. Bendor is a lecturer in the Department of Cognitive, Perceptual, and Brain Sciences and the Institute of Behavioral Neuroscience at University College London. Dr. Bendor received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University under the mentorship of Dr. Xiaoqin Wang, studying temporal processing in auditory cortex and the neural correlate of pitch and fl utter perception. For his postdoctoral research, he investigated the role of the hippocampus in memory encoding and consolidation, while working with Dr. Matthew Wilson at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has recently started his own lab at University College London, where his research focuses on how neural ensembles encode perceptual and memory-related information.
Sophie Caron, for her essay "Brains don't play dice–or do they?" Dr. Caron is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University. Sophie grew up in St-Blaise-sur-Richelieu in Canada and earned a B.Sc. in Biochemistry at the Université de Montréal. She moved to New York City to study the developmental mechanisms behind the diversifi cation of sensory neurons in the laboratory of Dr. Alexander Schier at New York University and, later, Harvard. Having completed her Ph.D., Sophie joined the laboratory of Dr. Richard Axel at Columbia University, where she studies how the information gathered through the senses is represented in higher brain centers; in particular, those involved in memory.