Samuel Pfaff


Gene Expression Laboratory

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

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.


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

  • 2008 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
  • 2007 Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award
  • McKnight Scholar
  • Basil O'Connor Award
  • Pew Scholar