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Michael Drew

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Associate Professor
College of Natural Sciences, Department of Neuroscience

Hippocampal memory, fear learning and extinction of fear memory, adult hippocampal neurogenesis


Phone: 512-232-0677

Office Location

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Postdoctoral Fellowship, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University (2004-2010)
Ph.D., Columbia University (2004)

Research Summary:
The major aim of our lab is to understand how the brain forms memories of our experiences, how these memories are retrieved at the right time and place, and how maladaptive memories can be suppressed. We focus on the hippocampus, a region of the brain that is specialized for rapidly generating detailed, multimodal memories of our experiences, called episodic memories. We study hippocampal function in mice because of the availability of genetic tools that give us the ability to manipulate neurons and neural circuits with unprecedented precision. Our specific interests include acquisition and extinction of fear memories and adult hippocampal neurogenesis.

1998-2004                   Faculty Fellowship, Columbia University

2004-2006                   NIMH Postdoctoral Trainee in Psychobiological Sciences, Columbia University

2006                            NIDA Postdoctoral Trainee in Basic Neuroscience, Columbia University

2006-2008                   Young Investigator Award, NARSAD

2006-2008                   Charles H. Revson Foundation Senior Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences

2008-2013                   NIMH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

2011                            Faculty Development Summer Research Fellowship, UT Austin

2014                            Faculty Service Award, College of Natural Sciences, UT Austin

2016                            Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System.

2017                            UT "Clock Award" for support for students with disabilities

2018                            Research and Creative Grant from the Vice President of Research

2018                            Associate Member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology

2020                            President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award

NEU 335: Neural Systems II