robert-desimone

Robert Desimone

Doris and Don Berkey Professor of Neuroscience
Director, McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Email: 
desimone@mit.edu
Assistant: 617-324-2077
Office: 46-3160

Short Biography

Robert Desimone is director of the McGovern Institute and the Doris and Don Berkey Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Prior to joining the McGovern Institute in 2004, he was director of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Mental Health, the largest mental health research center in the world. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of numerous awards, including the Troland Prize of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Golden Brain Award of the Minerva Foundation.

Meet Robert Desimone

Additional Information

Education
  • Ph.D. in Psychology/Neuroscience, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1979.
  • B.A. in Psychology, summa cum laude, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1974.
Employment

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Doris and Don Berkley Professor of Neuroscience, 2008 – present.
  • Director, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, 2004 – present.
  • Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, 2004 – present.

National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland

  • Scientific Director and Head of Intramural Program, 1998 – 2004.
  • Chief, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, 1997 – 2004.
  • Chief, Section on Behavioral Neurophysiology, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, 1992 – 2004.
  • Research Psychologist (tenured), Laboratory of Neuropsychology, 1987 – 2004.
  • Senior Staff Fellow, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, 1982 – 1987.
  • Staff Fellow, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, 1980 – 1982.

Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, 1979 – 1980.
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, 1974 – 1977.
Honors, Elected Positions, Fellowships
  • Helmholtz Prize, International Neural Network Society, 2009.
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science, 2007.
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, Asian and Pacific Americans DHHS Employee Association, 2004.
  • Recognition Award, NIH Hispanic Employees Association, 2002.
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2001.
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences, 1999.
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1999.
  • Member, Nominating Committee, AAAS Section on Neuroscience, 1997 – 2000.
  • Member, Society of Experimental Psychologists, 1997.
  • Associate, Neuroscience Research Institute, La Jolla, California, 1994 – 2002.
  • Golden Brain Award of the Minerva Foundation, 1994.
  • US Public Health Service Superior Service Award, 1994.
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Macalester College, 1994.
  • Fleming Award of the Downtown Jaycees for Scientific Achievement and Service, 1991.
  • Troland Prize, National Academy of Sciences, 1990.
  • ADAMHA Administrator’s Award for Meritorious Achievement, 1990.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1979 – 1980.
  • Charlotte Procter Graduate Fellowship, Princeton University, 1978 – 1979.
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1974 – 1977.
  • Honors in Psychology, Macalester College, 1974.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1973.
  • National Merit Scholar, 1970 – 1973.
Societies
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • American Psychological Society
Editorial Boards
  • Editorial Board, PNAS, 2008 – present.
  • Editorial Board, Neuron, 2001 – present.
  • Associate Editor, Biological Psychiatry, 2006 – present.
  • Board of Reviewing Editors, Science, 1993 – present.
  • Deputy Editor, Behavioral Neuroscience, 1995 – 1998.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Neuroscience, 1988 – 1995.
  • Consulting Editor, Behavioral Neuroscience, 1989 – 1994.
  • Advisory Editorial Board, Network, 1988 – 1998.
  • Editorial Board, Visual Neuroscience, 1989 -1992.
Service Activities
  • Board of Directors, McGovern/IDG Institutes, Beijing, 2012 – present.
  • One Mind for Research Scientific Advisory Board, 2011 – present.
  • Lindsley Prize Selection Committee, Society for Neuroscience, 2012 – present.
  • Committee on Committees, Society for Neuroscience, 2011 – present.
  • Scientific Council, DANA Alliance, 2006 – present.
  • Ad hoc reviewer, NIMH, NINDS, NEI, and NSF study sections, 1991 – present.
  • Network co-director, Macarthur Law and Neuroscience Project, 2008 – 2010.
  • National Advisory Mental Health Council, NIMH, 2008 – 2011.
  • MIT Committee on Animal Care, 2007 – 2012.
  • Society for Neuroscience Communications Committee, 2007 – 2009.
  • Scientific Council, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), 2003 – 2006.
  • Troland Award Selection Committee, National Academy of Sciences, 1999 – 2000.
  • Board of Directors, MIND Institute, Albuquerque, NM, 1999 – 2006.
  • Lindsley Prize Selection Committee, Society for Neuroscience, 1995 – 1997.
  • Councilor, Society for Neuroscience, 1995.
  • Review Committee for Fellowships, Human Frontiers Science Program
  • Organization, 1993 – 1996.
  • Communications Committee, Society for Neuroscience, 1993 – 1997.
  • Board of Visitors, Office of Naval Research, 1993.
  • NIH Animal Care and Use Committee 1990-1991.
  • NIMH Animal Care and Use Committee (chairman in 1991), 1986-1991.
Publications

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