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About the PI

As an undergraduate Dr. Kavalali studied Electrical Engineering at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. In 1995, he received his Ph.D. degree from Rutgers University, where he worked with Dr. Mark Plummer. In 1999, he completed his postdoctoral studies with Dr. Richard W. Tsien at Stanford University in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology. The same year, Dr. Kavalali joined the faculty at the Center for Basic Neuroscience at UT Southwestern led by Dr. Thomas C. Südhof. After 19 years of service at UT Southwestern, in September 2018, Dr. Kavalali joined the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University as a Professor.