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Russell D. Fernald

Academic Appointments

  • Benjamin Scott Crocker Professor of Human Biology

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    Email Tel (650) 725-2460 Tel (650) 736-8005


Academic Appointments

Honors and Awards

  • Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011)
  • Rank Prize in Vision/Opto-electronics, Rank Foundation (February 2004)
  • Fellow-American Association for Advancement of Science, AAAS (2003)
  • Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (1999-2006)
  • NIH Fogarty Senior International Fellowship, NIH (1985-86)
  • Benjamin Scott Crocker Professor of Human Biology, Stanford University (1994-)
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Professional Education

PhD: University of Pennsylvania, Biophysics (1969)
B.S.: Swarthmore College, Electrical Engineering/Physics (1963)

Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

How does social experience influence the brain?
Our research is focused on understanding the mechanisms through which social change is transduced into cellular and molecular change.

How is retinal progenitor cell division and differentiation controlled?
The eyes of teleost fish continue to grow throughout life, and new cells are continually added to the functional retina. We are using this model system to determine what extrinsic and intrinsic signals influence the fate of retinal progenitors, particularly rod progenitors.




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