D. James Surmeier, PhD

Nathan Smith Davis Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. D. James Surmeier is the Nathan Smith Davis Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Director of the Morris K. Udall Research Center of Research Excellence for Parkinson's Disease at Northwestern University. Dr. Surmeier received his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Washington in 1983. He trained with leaders in the field of neurophysiology, including Dr. Arnold Towe, Dr. William Willis, and Dr. Stephen Kitai. In 1998, he moved to the Department of Physiology at Northwestern University and assumed his current position in 2001. Dr. Surmeier’s research program focuses on the basal ganglia – neural structures controlling movement and intimately involved in the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Science, Nature, Neuron, Nature Neuroscience and the Journal of Neuroscience. He has served in several advisory capacities to the National Institutes of Health, including chairing study sections for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and acting as a Councilor for NIAAA. He also serves on the scientific advisory boards of several private foundations and serves on a number of editorial boards, including Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, Neuron and Current Opinion in Neurobiology.

He was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has received many other scientific awards including the NARSAD Established Investigator award, the Riker Award, the Picower Foundation Award, and the Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award.

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