Andrew Huberman

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Andrew Huberman
Huberman in 2016
Born
Andrew David Huberman

(1975-09-26) September 26, 1975 (age 48)[1]
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Education
ParentBernardo Huberman[2]
Scientific career
FieldsNeuroscience
InstitutionsStanford University
University of California, San Diego
ThesisNeural activity and axon guidance cue regulation of eye-specific retinogeniculate development (2004)
Academic advisorsBen Barres (Stanford)
Barbara Chapman (UCD)
William DeBello (UCD)
Hwai-Jong Cheng (UCD)
Marc Breedlove (UCB)
Harry J. Carlisle (UCSB)
Websitehubermanlab.com

Andrew David Huberman (born September 26, 1975) is an American neuroscientist and podcaster. He is an associate professor of neurobiology and ophthalmology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He hosts the Huberman Lab podcast, which he started in 2021 and he is partner, scientific advisor and promoter of dietary supplement companies since 2022.

Early life and education[edit]

Huberman was born in Palo Alto, California, to his father, an Argentine physicist and Stanford University professor and his mother, a children's book author.[3][4]

Huberman received a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1998, an M.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2000, and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, Davis, in 2004.[3][5] He completed his postdoctoral training in neuroscience at Stanford under Ben Barres between 2006 and 2011.[6][7]

Academic career[edit]

From 2011 to 2015, Huberman was an assistant professor of neurobiology and neuroscience at University of California, San Diego. In 2016, Huberman took a faculty position at Stanford University.[3]

With David Spiegel, Huberman has carried out research on cortisol and anxiety-based depression.[5] Huberman has led work investigating the regeneration of eye tissue in mice, which may have a future application in studying optical nerve regeneration in humans.[8][9]

Podcasting and supplements[edit]

In 2021, with the encouragement of Lex Fridman, Huberman launched the Huberman Lab podcast.[5] In episodes lasting several hours, Huberman talks about the state of research in a specific topic, both within and outside his specialty. As of 2023, the podcast had become the third most popular podcast in the US on Spotify platforms and the most followed show on Apple Podcasts.[10][11] His YouTube channel has 4.6 million subscribers and his Instagram account 5.5 million.[12][13][14]

Huberman is a proponent of biohacking, which means sticking to a strict daily routine that incorporates exercise and taking dietary supplements with the aim to improve ones individual productivity.[15]

In April 2022, Huberman entered into a partnership with a Utah-based sport and nutrition company, Momentous. With it, he offers a line of Huberman Lab–branded dietary supplements.[16]

Reception[edit]

In Time magazine, Jamie Ducharme has described Huberman as having a "massive and dedicated audience" with millions of fans. Joseph Zundell, a cancer biologist, trusts Huberman's expertise in neuroscience but also criticized him for, he said, extrapolating animal research for human use without appropriate scientific justification, and strays from his expertise.[12] Neuroscientist David Berson, who has known Huberman since his postdoctoral research and has been a guest on his podcast, says that Huberman's research is respected among neuroscientists, and described his podcast as "a fabulous service for the world," and a way to "open the doors" to the world of science.[12]

Jonathan Jarry from the Office for Science and Society has questioned Huberman's promotion of "poorly regulated" dietary supplements.[17] According to Jarry, The Huberman Lab podcast has been sponsored by "companies offering questionable products from the perspective of science-based medicine".[17]

According to an article in Coda, Huberman has promoted anti-sunscreen views on his podcast, saying he's "as scared of sunscreen as I am of melanoma", and claiming that molecules in some types of sunscreen can be found in neurons 10 years after application; without providing any evidence.[18] In a 2023 GQ article, Huberman said that he is not a "sunscreen truther" – a term used to describe anti-sunscreen conspiracy theorists.[19]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Lim JH, Stafford BK, Nguyen PL, Lien BV, Wang C, Zukor K, He Z, Huberman AD (August 2016). "Neural activity promotes long-distance, target-specific regeneration of adult retinal axons". Nat Neurosci (Research article). 19 (8): 1073–84. doi:10.1038/nn.4340. PMC 5708130. PMID 27399843.
  • Balban MY, Neri E, Kogon MM, Weed L, Nouriani B, Jo B, Holl G, Zeitzer JM, Spiegel D, Huberman AD (January 2023). "Brief structured respiration practices enhance mood and reduce physiological arousal". Cell Rep Med (Randomized controlled trial). 4 (1): 100895. doi:10.1016/j.xcrm.2022.100895. PMC 9873947. PMID 36630953.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "@hubermanlab" (Andrew D. Huberman, Ph.D.) on Twitter
  2. ^ Change Your Brain: Neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman | Rich Roll Podcast (Video). July 20, 2020. Event occurs at 2:50. Retrieved December 19, 2022 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ a b c Béchard, Deni Ellis (July 2023). "The Huberman Effect". Stanford Magazine. Retrieved 2023-07-17.
  4. ^ "How a Stanford professor became one of the world's top podcasters". SFgate.com. June 27, 2023. Retrieved June 27, 2023.
  5. ^ a b c Wiseman, Shari (2023). "In conversation with Andrew Huberman". Nature Neuroscience. 26 (8): 1312–1315. doi:10.1038/s41593-023-01395-4. ISSN 1546-1726. PMID 37429915. S2CID 259657196.
  6. ^ Barres, Ben (2018). "Ben A. Barres" (PDF). In Albright, Tom; R. Squire, Larry (eds.). The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography. Vol. 10. Society for Neuroscience. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-916110-10-9.
  7. ^ "Andrew D. Huberman | Stanford Medicine". CAP Profiles (in Samoan). Retrieved 2024-01-10.
  8. ^ Weintraub, Karen (11 July 2016). "Regrown Brain Cells Give Blind Mice a New View". Scientific American.
  9. ^ Barres 2018, p. 45.
  10. ^ Shapiro, Ariel (2023-11-29). "Apple and Spotify have revealed their top podcasts of 2023. Here is what they do — and don't — tell us". The Verge. Retrieved 2023-12-12.
  11. ^ "Apple shares the most popular podcasts of 2023". Apple Newsroom. Retrieved 2023-12-12.
  12. ^ a b c Ducharme, Jamie (2023-06-28). "How Andrew Huberman Got America to Care About Science". Time. Retrieved 2023-07-11.
  13. ^ Spotify. "Podcast Charts". Podcast Charts. Retrieved 2022-12-19.
  14. ^ "Apple Podcasts : United States of America : All Podcasts Podcast Charts - Top". chartable.com. Retrieved 2022-12-19.
  15. ^ Silva, Christianna (2023-10-13). "Huberman husbands and the rise of self-optimization". Mashable. Retrieved 2024-02-08.
  16. ^ Emma Brockes (31 August 2023). "Men, want to optimise yourselves with science? Then you need the help of neuroscience bro Andrew Huberman". The Guardian.
  17. ^ a b Jarry, Jonathan (7 April 2023). "Andrew Huberman Has Supplements on the Brain". McGill University Office for Science and Society. Retrieved 2023-06-15.
  18. ^ Beres, Derek (October 3, 2023). "The dangerous myths sold by the conspiritualists". Coda.
  19. ^ Reiss, Sami (2023). "What's Behind the Rise of the Sunscreen Truther?". GQ. Retrieved 2023-10-06.

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