Samuel Pfaff, PhD


Gene Expression Laboratory

Benjamin H. Lewis Chair

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Videos


Repetitive movement linked to rhythmically firing neuron circuits

Neuroscientists at the Salk Institute used stem cells to generate diverse networks of self-contained spinal cord systems in a dish, dubbed circuitoids, to study the rhythmic pattern in neurons that underlies repetitive movements like walking. Read More ยป


Undergraduate degree, Carleton College in Minnesota
PhD, Molecular Biology, UC Berkeley
Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University and the Center for Neurobiology at Columbia University


Awards & Honors

  • 2021 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • 2008 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
  • 2007 Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award
  • McKnight Scholar
  • Basil O'Connor Award
  • Pew Scholar