Cornelia I. Bargmann
Cornelia I. Bargmann (1961) is a neurobiologist who studies the relationship between genes, behavior, and neural circuits. She is interested in how an animal’s genes and neural circuits allow it to respond appropriately to its environment. Combining genetic, developmental, and behavioral approaches, Bargmann’s breakthrough research has demonstrated that roundworms (Caenorhabditis elegans) have a rich sense of smell and a preference for certain odors. In other research, her laboratory is exploring how genetic variation can cause behavioral differences among individuals. Bargmann is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.