Elizabeth Buffalo is an associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Washington and serves as the chief of the neuroscience division of the Washington National Primate Research Center. Dr. Buffalo received her M.A. in philosophy and her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego, advised by Drs. Larry Squire, Stuart Zola and Patricia Churchland. She then completed her postdoctoral training with Dr. Robert Desimone at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 2005, Dr. Buffalo joined the faculty in the Department of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine and Core Faculty at Yerkes National Primate Research Center as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2012. She then moved her laboratory to the University of Washington in 2013.
Dr. Buffalo’s research focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms that support learning and memory. Using neurophysiological and spectral analysis techniques in monkeys and humans, she investigates how the activity of individual neurons and synchronized neural ensembles contributes to memory formation and retrieval. Her lab uses innovative approaches to understand the neural dynamics associated with learning and memory under diverse behavioral conditions, with a focus on naturalistic and ethologically relevant behavioral tasks. Her research has been supported by awards from the NIH and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and she was the 2011 recipient of the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences for her innovative, multidisciplinary study of the hippocampus and the neural basis of memory.