Michael E. Goldberg

Michael E. Goldberg is the David Mahoney Professor of Brain and Behavior in the Departments of Neuroscience, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Ophthalmology at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a member of the Zuckerman Institute for Mind, Brain, and Behavior and the Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at Columbia. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He came to Columbia in 2001 after a long career at the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research of the National Eye Institute.

He is a pioneer in the technique of using single neuron recording in awake, behaving monkeys to understand the physiology of cognition. He has made major contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms underlying cognitive processes such as attention and spatial perception. Among his many honors are election as a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association of the Advancement of Science, the Heller Lecture for Computational Neuroscience of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel and the Patricia Goldman-Rakic Award for Cognitive Neuroscience of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. He is a past president of the Society for Neuroscience, the world’s premier association for neuroscientists, with over 40,000 members.  In addition to his scientific work, he is an active clinical neurologist at the Columbia Campus of the New York Presbyterian Hospital and the 2006 awardee of the Lewis B. Rowland Award for the Teaching of Clinical Neurology at Columbia University.  

Michael E. Goldberg is a member of the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience Steering Committee.