Paul Lipton

Director, Neuroscience

Dr. Paul Lipton is director of the undergraduate program in neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences. An accomplished researcher with interests in systems neuroscience and science education, Dr. Lipton joined the undergraduate program in neuroscience in 2007 and has overseen its development and growth from just 30 students in its infancy to nearly 400 students today. From his initial role as academic director, to his current appointment as director since 2013, Dr. Lipton has been the primary academic advisor for the major, teaching and developing new courses for the program and for the Kilachand Honors College, serving as faculty advisor to the Mind and Brain Society, and publishing The Nerve, the Society’s highly praised student magazine.

Additionally, Dr. Lipton has served as program director for BU’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute program, where he has led the development of a research-based sequence of introductory neuroscience courses for first and second year neuroscience majors, established a postdoctoral teaching program, developed a series of high school outreach programs for local Boston Public high school students, and increased access to faculty mentored research opportunities for BU students. A graduate of SUNY Buffalo, Dr. Lipton received his Ph.D. in brain, behavior, and cognition from BU’s department of psychological & brain sciences and performed postdoctoral work at the University of University of California, San Francisco and The Pennsylvania State University.

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