Rachel Wilson (neurobiologist)

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Rachel I. Wilson
Born Kansas City, Missouri
Fields Neurobiology
Institutions Harvard Medical School

Rachel Wilson is a professor of neurobiology at Harvard Medical School.[1]


Wilson was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She received an A.B. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech before her appointment at Harvard.[1]


In 2007 Wilson won Science and Eppendorf AG's Grand Prize in Neurobiology for her work on the olfactory function of fruit flies Drosophila melanogaster,[2] to understand how the brain recognizes odors from patterns of impulses from olfactory receptor neurons.[3]

In 2008 she won a MacArthur Fellowship.[4]

In 2014, she won the inaugural national Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists, awarded by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences to "celebrate America’s most innovative and promising faculty-rank scientists and engineers.",[5][6]


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