Emerging Research Speaker Series on May 5, 2015

To foster community between UCLA faculty and staff, the UCLA Academic Senate, UCLA Staff Assembly and Campus Human Resources invite employees to attend the 6th annual Emerging Research Speaker Series and reception on May 5, 2015.

Dr. Kelsey C. Martin, newly appointed Executive Vice Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor of the David Geffen School of Medicine, will offer an engaging look into her research on long-term memory formation and describe experiments that illuminate how our experiences change brain wiring. She will also highlight the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge Project, a campus-wide initiative aimed at understanding and combating depression. Her goal is to illustrate how basic brain science can positively impact human health and well-being.

Dr. Martin joined the UCLA Faculty in 1999. She received her B.A. in English at Harvard and pursued M.D. and Ph.D. training at Yale. Her interest in the biological mechanisms that give rise to mental illness motivated her to join the laboratory of Nobel laureate Eric Kandel at Columbia University to study the biology of memory. Dr. Martin co-directed the UCLA-Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program from 2008 to 2013. A Professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry and the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, she has served as Chair of the Department of Biological Chemistry since 2010 and as Chair of the UCLA Neuroscience Research Theme in the School of Medicine since 2013. She is also one of the leaders of the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge Project.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. in the California Room of the Faculty Center. RSVP by Wednesday, April 29, by visiting the following link: http://ucla.in/1NZTJup.

For more information about the Emerging Research Speaker Series and Professor Kelsey C. Martin, go to the UCLA Staff Assembly website.