David J. Perkel, Ph.D., joined the University of Washington in 2000 and is currently professor in the Departments of Biology and Otolaryngology. He is also adjunct professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. He currently serves as Chair of Biology. Prior to joining UW, he earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of California at San Francisco and did postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology. From 1995-2000 he held a faculty position in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania.
Undergraduate Education: Harvard College, A.B., 1984
Graduate Education: Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco, 1992
Fellowship: Postdoctoral researcher, California Institute of Technology
Memberships: Society for Neuroscience, American Physiological Society, Association for Research in Otolaryngology
Awards and Honors
Virginia Merrill Bloedel Scholar Award (2015-2018)
Virginia Merrill Bloedel Traveling Scholar Award
Invited Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
Scholar in Residence, University of Pennsylvania
Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Vocal learning in songbirds is an experimentally accessible model system for studying neural mechanisms of learning. We use multiple methodologies to dissect brain circuits involved in allowing birds to copy songs made by other birds, in a fashion similar to human speech learning.