Search DubaiPRNetwork.com

Home >> Education & Training

NYUAD faculty awarded prestigious Edwin G. Conklin Medal in Developmental Biology

NYUAD faculty awarded prestigious Edwin G. Conklin Medal in Developmental Biology

Saturday, January 25, 2020/ Editor -  

Share

Home >> Education & Training

Abu Dhabi, UAE – January 25, 2020: Professor of Biology at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Claude Desplan has received the 2020 Edwin G. Conklin Medal in the field of Developmental Biology.

Presented by the Society for Developmental Biology, the Edwin G. Conklin Medal, established in 1995 and awarded annually, recognizes a developmental biologist for continuously making extraordinary research contributions, and for being an excellent mentor who has helped train the next generation of outstanding scientists. 

Desplan studies how the brain develops, and in particular how the many different types of neurons acquire their distinct properties and connect to each other to form neural circuits. He focuses his attention on the visual system that processes information coming from the eye and guides behavioral responses. His work has shown that neural stem cells produce different neurons over time ,thus allowing the brain to form is an ordered manner. He is also studying how the mechanisms uncovered evolve in different species to allow them to adapt to their environment.

“As scientists, we do want our work to be recognized, especially when it is basic research that does not receive attention from the media. This medal is given by the board of the scientific society of developmental biology and recognition by the pairs is the most gratifying. This will also reflect on present and past lab members in New York and in Abu Dhabi who have contributed to the success of the lab,” Desplan commented. 

Also a Silver Professor at NYU New York, Desplan is a geneticist who spent his scientific life analyzing molecular and genetic mechanisms controlling cell fate decisions and their evolution. He pursued his PhD in France and his postdoctoral studies at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms that pattern Drosophila photoreceptors responsible for color vision, the complex transcription factor network that controls the specification of the various types of photoreceptors, and how color information is processed in the optic lobes by investigating their development and function, among others.

Desplan serves on multiple scientific advisory boards and funding agencies. He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences, an elected  fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an elected foreign member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), and an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences.

-END-


Previous in Education & Training

Next in Education & Training


Home >> Education & Training Section

Latest Press Release

Dubai Cares Donates 2,000 Books to Wanna Read? Initiative to Instill the Habit o ...

Triple Award: GROHE SmartControl Faucets are the New Darling in the Kitchen

Airlines and Posts Cooperate Globally for a Sustainable and Reliable Cross-borde ...

Upfield Unveils New Plant-Based Products and Spreads Awareness of Nutritional Be ...

Achieve Gorgeous and Radiant Skin in Only 90 Seconds

Range Rover Evoque: Europe's Favourite Compact SUV

Etihad Airways to Operate Special Flights From Al Ain to Jeddah During Ramadan

Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group Celebrates 60 Years of Nation Building by Renewing Its ...

Registration is Now Open for Dubai Cares' Volunteer Globally in Malawi

Join the Dots With Max Mara

Marks & Spencer Unveils its All New Menswear

Swatch X 007 – Introducing the New James Bond Collection and Limited Special Edi ...

GEMS Global Innovation Showcase 2020 Sees 1,500 Student Innovators and Entrepren ...

Al Wahda Mall Announces UAE Pro League Mobile Roadshow Activations

Ericsson Received Awards at the Stc Partner Day for Saudization and Internationa ...

A Clean Sweep for Healthy Farm at Gulfood Innovation Awards 2020

Mall of Oman Onboards a Host of Global Lifestyle, Fashion, and F&B Brands Ahead ...

Korea's Number One Beauty Brand Innisfree All Set to Celebrate the Grand Opening ...

Spectrum Set to Become a Major Catalyst for the Middle East's Economy, Bcg Repor ...

Dubai Chamber Honours Top-performing Trading Companies