Professor Diane O'Dowd holds a Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of California, San Diego.

For the past 20 years Professor O'Dowd's research lab at UCI has studied the activity of living neurons from the brains of both flies and mice. Using molecular genetic manipulations and whole cell electrophysiology, she and her team are exploring the role of specific genes in regulating functional plasticity of developing and mature neural circuits.