Emre Aksay received a master’s in physics from Princeton University in 1996 and a doctorate in biophysics from New York University in 2001 while working concurrently in the Biological Computation Division at Bell Laboratories. After completing post-doctoral studies in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, he began a faculty appointment in 2006 at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University with appointments in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and the Institute for Computational Biomedicine. He has also served as a director of the Physiology, Biophysics, and Systems Biology Graduate Program at Weill Cornell since 2007. Dr. Aksay’s research primarily investigates the mechanisms underlying learning and memory, with a particular focus on the generation and modulation of persistent neural activity. His work has been recognized with the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific Interface in 2005 and the Searle Scholar Award in 2008.