Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior
School of Biological Sciences
Donald Bren Professor and Chair,
Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
University of California at Irvine
March 19, 2007
Dr. Carew’s research explores the cellular and molecular mechanisms of memory. Memory, however, is not a unitary construct, and Dr. Carew’s work examines the neuronal basis of these diverse forms of memory. As a model system, Dr. Carew uses a relatively simple animal—Aplysia— because its nervous system affords significant advantages for identifying synaptic, biophysical, and molecular changes underlying different stages of memory. The fundamental goal of his work is to achieve an understanding of the mechanisms by which the nervous system acquires, stores, and retrieves information.