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Researchers in Systems Neurobiology and Plant Biology Receive Promotions

Richard Krauzlis and Jeff Long

Richard Krauzlis and Jeff Long

Salk Institute scientists Richard Krauzlis and Jeff Long have each been promoted to full professor and associate professor, respectively, in the latest round of faculty reviews that took place in March.

The promotions were based on recommendations by the Salk faculty and non-resident fellows, then approved by President Bill Brody and the Institute's Board of Trustees.

Krauzlis is interested in understanding the brain mechanisms that link motor control to sensory and cognitive processing. The long-term goal of his research is to understand how neural circuits distributed across multiple brain regions coordinate even simple motor outputs like eye movements to higher-order processes, such as attention, perception and executive control.

This information is a fundamental step toward developing better clinical approaches to complex disorders of attention and impulse control, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of California at San Francisco, the latter being where he received his doctorate, Krauzlis joined the Salk Institute in 1997.

Long, who conducts his research in the Salk's Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory, studies embryogenesis in arabidopsis, the lab rat for plant biologists. His lab focuses on the TOPLESS gene, so named because of its power to regulate the development of a shoot or a root structure from a seedling. His team has learned how to control the function of this gene, which ultimately can serve to manipulate plant structure and agricultural output.

A recipient of the Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation Career Development Award and graduate of the University of Wisconsin— Madison, where he received his doctoral degree, Long conducted his postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology before joining the Salk in 2003.