Susan J. Birren

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Dean, Arts and Sciences
Professor of Neurobiology
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Susan J. Birren, professor of neurobiology, became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on July 1, 2011.

She is an internationally recognized researcher in developmental neurobiology who studies how developing nerve cells respond to the local environment to create the nervous system. Birren is affiliated with the National Center for Behavioral Genomics and the Volen Center for Complex Systems.

Birren received her PhD in biological chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles and did post-doctoral work at the California Institute of Technology, where she studied the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of the mammalian nervous system.