|Born||Cornelia Isabella Bargmann
|Alma mater||University of Georgia, M.I.T.|
|Doctoral advisor||Robert Weinberg|
|Other academic advisors||H. Robert Horvitz|
|Known for||Olfaction research|
Cornelia Isabella "Cori" Bargmann (born 1961) is an American neurobiologist. She is known for her work on the behavior in the C. elegans, particularly olfaction in the worm. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and is currently a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Rockefeller University. For her work, in 2012 she was awarded the $1 million Kavli Prize, and in 2013 the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.
She completed undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia in 1981, with a degree in biochemistry. She completed graduate studies in 1987 at M.I.T. in the lab of Robert Weinberg. She examined the molecular mechanisms of oncogenesis, and helped identify the role of Ras in bladder cancer. She also did significant work on neu, an oncogene that later lead to significant treatments in breast cancer.
Bargmann then completed a postdoc with H. Robert Horvitz at MIT, working on molecular biology mechanisms of neuroscience. She began working on chemosensory behavior in C. elegans, and achieved several breakthroughs, demonstrating, among other things, that nematodes have a sense of smell.
Bargmann accepted a faculty position at UCSF, focusing on olfaction at the molecular level. This work led to discoveries of the mechanisms underlying complex behaviors, such as feeding behaviors. The work has continued to lead to a deeper understanding of the brain, sensory abilities, and neuronal development. Bargmann also identified SYG-1, a "matchmaker" molecule—a molecule that directs neurons to form connections with each other during development.
Bargmann is married to fellow olfactory scientist and Nobel laureate Richard Axel. Previously, she had been married to Michael J. Finney, who also completed graduate studies at M.I.T. and is now a Director at Sage Science, Inc.
For a vivid portrait of Bargmann as a working young scientist, see Natalie Angier's "Natural Obsessions: The Search for the Oncogene."
She was featured in the New York Times on June 21, 2011.
- Shen, Kang; Bargmann, Cornelia I. (March 7, 2003). "The immunoglobin superfamily protein SYG-1 determines the location of specific synapses in C. Elegans". Cell 112 (5): 619–630. doi:10.1016/S0092-8674(03)00113-2. PMID 12628183. 
- de Bono, Mario; Bargmann, Cornelia I. (September 4, 1998). "Natural variation in a neuropeptide Y receptor homolog modifies social behavior and food response in C. Elegans". Cell 94 (5): 679–689. doi:10.1016/S0092-8674(00)81609-8. PMID 9741632.
- Lucille P. Markey Award (1990–1995)
- Searle Scholar Award (1992–1995)
- Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2002)
- Member of the National Academy of Sciences (2003)
- Taskago Prize for olfaction research
- W. Alden Spencer Award for neuroscience research
- Charles Judson Herick Award for comparative neurology
- Richard Lounsbery Award (2009)
- Kavli Prize in neuroscience (2012)
- Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (2013) for the genetics of neural circuits and behavior, and synaptic guidepost molecules
- Natalie Angier, "Natural Obsessions: The Search for the Oncogene"
- Alex Crevar, "As the Worm Turns", Georgia Magazine, 2004 (discussing Cynthia Kenyon and Bargmann)
- Tim Friend, "Nerve cell mystery is unlocked", USA Today, March 10, 2003 (available online at USAtoday.com) (explaining the 2003 matchmaker Cell paper)
- Karen Hopkin, "I Smell a ... Worm", The Scientist, v.19, n.15, p. 52 (Aug. 1, 2005).
- Melissa Marino, "Biography of Cornelia I. Bargmann", PNAS, v.102, n.9 (March 1, 2005) (available at PNAS).
- HHMI, HHMI Cori Bargmann profile
- HHMI, "Genetic Analysis of Olfactory Behavior and Neural Development"
- The Rockefeller University, "Internationally renowned neurobiologist to join Rockefeller University; Cori Bargmann discovered 'matchmaker' molecule", Jan. 5, 2004
- Searle, Searle Scholar profile of Cori Bargmann
- UCSF, "First molecule discovered that directs nerve cells to connect with each other", March 6, 2003.
- Nicholas Wade, "In Tiny Worm, Unlocking Secrets of the Brain", New York Times, June 20, 2011.
- Bargmann lab
- Cori Bargmann's seminar: "Genes, the brain and behavior"
- Bargmann CI Author Profile Page on Pubget