2006 Finalist Bernardo Sabatini

Bernardo Sabatini, for his essay, "Establishing synaptic independence: How neurons create diffusional barriers." Dr. Sabatini was born and raised in New York. He received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Harvard College in 1991. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in 1999 from Harvard Medical School, having completed his thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Wade Regehr. After graduation, he joined the lab of Dr. Karel Svoboda at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2001 Dr. Sabatini started his own laboratory in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, which is focused on understanding the processes that regulate the structure and function of synapses and how these processes are perturbed in neurological diseases. His life outside of science is mostly spent trying to keep up with his three sons.

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