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Edward M. Callaway, Ph.D.

Salk Institute for Biological Studies


Ed Callaway is Professor and Vincent J. Coates Chair in the Systems Neurobiology Laboratories at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, where he has been on the faculty since his appointment as Assistant Professor in 1995. He received his Bachelors degree from Stanford University in 1984 and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1988, both in biology. Following graduate work studying neuromuscular development in the laboratory of David Van Essen, he conducted postdoctoral studies on the development of visual cortical circuitry with Larry Katz, first at Rockefeller University and then Duke University. Amongst other honors and awards, Dr. Callaway was elected as a Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010, to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012, and as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2019.

Studies in Dr. Callaway's lab have revealed important insights into the organization and function of the visual system and principles of the specificity of connections and contributions of specific cell types in the cerebral cortex. His lab has also pioneered novel molecular, genetic and viral tools for revealing the detailed structure and function of neural circuits, most notably systems for monosynaptic circuit tracing with G-deleted rabies virus. Present studies capitalize on these and related tools to understand the neural circuit mechanisms that underlie the function of the cerebral cortex.

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