Lecture by Christopher Walsh, M.D., PhD
Bullard Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience
Harvard University, School of Medicine
Jan. 29, 2007
Dr. Walsh is an alumnus of Bucknell University (’78). Since leaving Bucknell, Dr. Walsh has become an internationally-recognized leader in the study of genetic bases of brain development and developmental disabilities, such as autism and various forms of mental retardation. Dr. Walsh is interested in fundamental mechanisms governing development of the cerebral cortex. The cortex is the largest structure in the brain, essential for the intellectual functions that we humans pride ourselves on. Whereas the cortex is complex, it provides several advantages as a genetic system for studying neuronal development.
Dr. Walsh is engaged in genetics research, looking for genes involved in brain development, and basic science research, understanding how the proteins involved in brain development function.