Charles Gilbert on Watson School of Biological Sciences
  Charles Gilbert     Biography    
Recorded: 08 Sep 1999

I think it really—it not only enriches the education, it enriches the research. So I think it’s a great benefit to have a place that is not just exclusively a research institute, but is involved in training as well. I mean, I think every scientist recognizes the value of having new minds involved in a project. We may have to spend more effort in training somebody. It also helps move the research in interesting and unexpected directions.

And here at Rockefeller in my own experience I’ve been able to adapt new techniques, to go in new directions because of interests of graduate students in the laboratory. And so—and it also helps to provide a substrate for collaboration between laboratories.

So a place like Cold Spring Harbor that for example has neuroscienctists engaged at various levels, it could be extremely productive to have them collaborate in various ways. And this is something that is really facilitated in a way that would almost not be possible otherwise.

Charles Gilbert is a Head of Laboratory of Neurobiology at Rockefeller University and Arthur and Janet Ross Professor of Neuroscience at The Rockefeller University. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D from Harvard University. In 1993 he joined Rockefeller University as assistant professor and head of laboratory. In 1985 he became associate professor and professor in 1991.

Gilbert's research focus on the brain mechanisms of visual perception and learning, including the specific role of the brain’s primary visual cortex in analyzing visual images and in processing visual memory.

He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Posit Science Corporation and member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received the W. Alden Spencer Award from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.