Staff Profiles

John Maunsell, Ph.D.

University of Chicago

Dr. Maunsell is Albert D. Lasker Professor Neurobiology at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as the Director of the Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior. He received his Bachelor's degree in zoology from Duke University in 1977 and his Ph.D. in biology from the California Institute of Technology in 1982. He was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Peter Schiller at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Maunsell held faculty positions in the Department of Physiology at the University of Rochester, the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, and the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School before assuming his current position at the University of Chicago. Dr. Maunsell's recent work has focused on how behavioral state affects the processing of visual information. By recording the activity of individual neurons in monkey trained to perform carefully engineered visual tasks, he has shown that neural signals throughout much of visual cortex are profoundly affected by attention. His recent work has revealed that this modulation by attention is greatly influenced by normalization mechanisms that exist at all levels of sensory processing. Dr. Maunsell's contributions have been recognized by many awards and honors, including election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served on and chaired many panels and editorial boards, and has been a handling editor for Vision Research and Visual Neuroscience, and Editor-in-Chief for The Journal of Neuroscience.