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Tirin Moore

Dr. Moore’s laboratory at Stanford studies the visual system and how sensory processing is integrated with executive control circuits within prefrontal cortex, using the macaque monkey as a model species. A major challenge of studying the integrative functions of the nervous system is to understand how complex mental operations emerge from the interaction of distributed sensory and motor representations. Much of Dr. Moore’s research is focused on that challenge. In particular, work in his laboratory seeks to identify the neural circuits and neural computations necessary and sufficient to carry out fundamental perceptual and cognitive functions. Early on in his time at Stanford, his lab discovered that selective visual attention, a basic cognitive function, could be causally linked to the neural mechanisms controlling gaze. More recently, his lab leveraged this discovery to address the role of prefrontal dopamine in cognitive dysfunctions (e.g. attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD). Specifically, his lab showed that dopamine neurotransmission within PFC regulates sensory processing within posterior cortical areas.

Professor Moore received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1995, where he was a National Science Foundation graduate fellow in the laboratory of Professor Charles G. Gross. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at M.I.T. in the laboratory of Professor Peter H. Schiller, where he studied the modulation of visual cortical signals during saccadic eye movements. He then moved back to Princeton as a research scientist where he began studying the neural mechanisms controlling visual selective attention. In 2003, he started his own laboratory at Stanford, where he is currently a Professor of Neurobiology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator. Professor Moore has been a Sloan fellow, a Pew Scholar, a McKnight Scholar, and received a Career Award from the National Science Foundation. In 2005, he received an Alumni Achievement Award from the APA’s Diversity Program in Neuroscience. Before becoming an HHMI investigator, he was an HHMI Early Career Scientist. In 2009, he received a Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences for his work on visual attention. Professor Moore currently serves on the N.I.M.H Board of Scientific Councilors and the Society for Neuroscience’s Program Committee.