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Royal Society recognizes Salk non-resident fellow

Carla J. Shatz

Carla J. Shatz


Salk non-resident fellow Carla J. Shatz, a professor of biology and neurobiology and director of BioX at the James Clark Center at Stanford University, was elected to the Royal Society. Shatz is one of the pioneers who determined some of the basic principles of early brain development. She found that the spontaneous activity of neurons in utero is critical for the formation of precise and orderly neural connections in the central nervous system. Her recent work shows that waves of spontaneous activity in the retina can alter gene expression and the strength of synaptic connections.