Dr. Stanislav S. Zakharenko received his medical degree from the Russian State Medical University and his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the Russian Academy of Science. Following his postdoctoral training in neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Columbia University/Howard Hughes Medical Institute, he joined as faculty at St. Jude. His research is focused on the function, plasticity, and organization of neural circuits underlying learning and memory and their dysfunction in disease (e.g., 22q11 deletion syndrome and schizophrenia). He has received several awards including being named a Searle Scholar, receiving the NARSAD Independent Investigator Award, the Whitehall Foundation Award, the Uytengsu-Hamilton 22q11 Neuropsychiatry Research Award from Stanford University, and other awards. He has made significant contributions to the understanding of mechanisms of learning and memory and the pathophysiology of schizophrenia.