Elizabeth Gould


Professor of Psychology, Princeton University

“At first, I assumed I must be counting [the neurons] incorrectly, there were just too many cells.” -Elizabeth Gould on her discovery of neurogenesis in adult rodents while working as a post-doctoral researcher under Bruce McEwen at Rockefeller University.

Elizabeth Gould is considered by many to be one of the most prolific researchers in the field of neuroplasticity and the role environmental, hormonal, and neural intermediates play on the rate of neurogenesis. Her research is especially focused on the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus, which Gould as well as others have established to have a very high rate of neurogenesis.

Gould and others have specifically identified stress, physical activity, and learning as stimuli that play a role in the rate of new neuron formation in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus.

The ultimate goal of this research is to understand how the adult brain develops and matures over time, as a response to a variety of stimuli and experiences.

1984 B.A., St. John’s University, Psychology
1986 M.A. UCLA, Behavioral Neuroscience
1988 Ph.D., UCLA, Behavioral Neuroscience
1989-1992 Postdoctoral Fellow, The Rockefeller University

1993-1996 Assistant Professor, The Rockefeller University
1997-2000 Assistant Professor, Princeton University
1997-present Adjunct Professor, The Rockefeller University
2000 Professor, Princeton University

1989-1991 NRSA Individual postdoctoral fellowship
1991-1992 WinstonTri-Institutional (Rockefeller, Cornell, Sloan-Kettering) fellowship
1992-1993 American Paralysis Association fellowship
1993-1994 NIMH RO3 small grant
1994-1996 NARSAD Young Investigator Award
1994-1999 NIMH FIRST award
2000 National Academy of Sciences Troland Award
2006 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award

The Royal Society of Arts interviews Elizabeth Gould

Recent lecture (March 2009) by Elizabeth Gould entitled “How does experience influence the brain





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