S. Lawrence Zipursky, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biological Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine 
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute 

S. Lawrence Zipursky, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine. He is also an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. As a developmental neurobiologist, Dr. Zipursky researches the cellular rules and underlying molecular mechanisms by which neurons establish specific patterns of synaptic connections during development.  He has received numerous honors including election to the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Zipursky earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in molecular biology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.