Samuel Pfaff


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 »


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