Eric Kandel

Eric Kandel is known as an Austrian-American medical doctor who specialized in Psychiatry. He is famous for being a neuroscientist and a University Professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.


As a proud graduate of Harvard College and the N.Y.U. School of Medicine, Dr. Kandel was trained in Neurobiology at the NIH and in Psychiatry section at Harvard Medical School. He went on to join the faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1974 as the founding director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior. He was noted for being the figure that organized Columbia’s neuroscience curriculum.


As a well decorated scholar and educator, Kandel has had many tiles to his name during his long and successful career. He was the Senior Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is the current Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science and Co-Director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute.

One of his biggest highlights is when he explored the molecular mechanisms of memory storage in both the sea slug Aplysia and mice. In the span of his work, he has expanded his research to animal models of brain disorders, mental illness, and substance abuse.

Last Modified: Mar 5, 2020

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