Alcino Silva, PhD, is Professor of Neurobiology, Psychiatry & Psychology at UCLA. He is also the director of the Integrated Center for Learning and Memory at UCLA and the Founding President of the Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society.
Professor Silva arrived to the United States in 1978, where he attended Rutgers University, to study biology and philosophy. After that he pursued graduate studies in Human Genetics at the University of Utah, where he worked with Raymond White, one of the pioneers of modern Human Genetics. Later, Professor Silva worked in the lab of Professor Susumu Tonegawa (a Nobel laureate at MIT), where he pioneered the field of molecular cellular cognition of memory, with the publication of two groundbreaking articles in Science in 1992.
Professor Silva has received numerous awards, namely the prestigious Beckman Young Investigators Award in 1994 and a Portuguese National Order of Knighthood – The Order of Prince Henry in 2008. His lab studies the molecular mechanisms of memory in rodents and patients as well as cognitive deficits associated with Schizophrenia and other psychiatric conditions. [Link]