Rachel Wilson earned an A.B. in chemistry from Harvard and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco. She did postdoctoral training at Caltech before joining the faculty of the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School in 2004. Her laboratory uses a combination of genetic, physiological, and behavioral approaches to investigate how sensory stimuli are processed by neural circuits. She co-directs the Harvard Medical School graduate course in neural circuit analysis, and has served as Associate Director of the Harvard PhD Program in Neuroscience.
Her work in advising junior scientists in the classroom and the laboratory was recently recognized by a Young Mentor Award from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wilson received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008. In 2010 she received the Young Investigator Award for the Society for Neuroscience. In 2013 she became an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and in 2014 she was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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