Arun Asok, PhD
Dr. Asok's research is focused on unraveling the neural circuits, neural computations, molecular biology, genetics, and behavior of memory and fear. He is currently a scientist at the multidisciplinary scientific consulting firm Exponent. He is a former founder of the biotechnology company Alien Therapeutics Inc. focused on Circular RNA therapeutics, a former tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, as well as a former Associate/Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia University & the Howard Hughes Medical Institute with Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric R. Kandel. He completed his Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology at the University of Delaware with Dr. Jeffrey B. Rosen and his B.S. in neuroscience and psychology at Temple University with Drs. Thomas J. Gould & Richard G. Heimberg. Dr. Asok is also an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience.
Scientific discoveries rely on our ability to: 1) rapidly learn from failures, 2) pay attention to the details, 3) think broadly outside of the box, and, in this day and age, 4) work well with others. These abilities are critical regardless of career path. In research, identifying how to answer an important question (e.g., Why do we remember one particular memory more strongly than another?) critically depends on developing these abilities in an intellectually and technically supportive research environment. Innovative ideas come from anyone of any background at any education level.