Behavioral neuroscientist Dr. Michele A. Basso currently teaches at the University of California at Los Angeles. As a member of the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, as well as the Director of the Fuster Laboratory in Cognitive Neuroscience, she performs research, and advises students working on doctoral and post-doctoral work. Dr. Michele A. Basso also currently receives funding for her research from The Dana Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While The Dana Foundation supports her work translating animal research to humans with disease titled “Decision-making under conditions of uncertainty in Parkinson’s Disease,” the NIH supports her other research projects, titled “Visual Target Selection for Saccadic Eye Movements” and “An in vitro Model of Saccades and Choice.”

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of California, Dr. Michele A. Basso worked at the University of Wisconsin from 2000 to 2012. As an Assistant and later Associate Professor, she taught in the Departments of Physiology and Neuroscience in addition to performing her own research. During this time, Dr. Basso received funding not only from the National Institutes of Health but also from the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Eye Research Institute. Dr. Basso also received funding for her work through awards from the Howard Hughes Faculty Development Award and The Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Foundation Fellowship, among several others.

Dr. Michele A. Basso received her graduate education at the University of Stony Brook, earning Master’s and doctoral degrees in Behavioral Neuroscience. After finishing her education in 1995, she joined the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research at the National Eye Institute, at the NIH. Five years later, she began her career in academia at the University of Wisconsin.


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