The Matthew Pecot Memorial Lecture in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience recognizes rising leaders who have made fundamental contributions to the study of cellular and molecular neuroscience. The Pecot Memorial Lecture was established in honor of our friend and colleague Dr. Matthew Pecot, who passed away in 2019. The remarkable precision with which neural circuits are wired together during development fascinated Matt, and to this end, Matt focused on discovering the complex molecular codes neurons use to form specific synaptic connections in the developing brain. 

In the spirit of this pursuit, and to honor Matt’s passion for cellular and molecular neuroscience, the Department of Neurobiology will host an annual lecture given by a rising leader in neuroscience selected for the importance of their discoveries in the field of molecular and cellular neuroscience. The inaugural lecture was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic and is now planned for late 2021.