Anthony Zador received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Yale in 1994, where his focus was theoretical neuroscience and neural networks. He then did a postdoc in synaptic physiology at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. In 1999 he joined the faculty at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, where he is now the Alle Davis Harris Professor of Biology and chair of Neuroscience. The goal of his research is to understand the neural circuits underlying cortical processing. His laboratory pioneered the use of rodents in complex sensory decision tasks, and more recently has focused on a revolutionary high-throughput approach to determining brain wiring using next-generation DNA sequencing.