Stephen M. Strittmatter, MD, PhD, earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, summa cum laude. He completed MD and PhD training at Johns Hopkins in 1986. He moved to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for a medical internship and Adult Neurology residency. While at MGH, he worked as a research fellow exploring the molecular basis of axonal guidance. He joined the faculty at Yale University in 1993. He is currently Vincent Coates Professorship of Neurology and Neuroscience at Yale and is a founding director of the Yale Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair Interdepartmental Program. He is also founding director of the Yale Alzheimer Disease Research Center and the Yale Memory Disorders Clinic. Dr. Strittmatter's research has been recognized by the Ameritec Award, John Merck Scholar Award, Donaghue Investigator Award, McKnight Foundation Brain and Memory Disorders Award, Alzheimer Association Zenith Fellow Award, Senator Jacob Javits Award in Neurosciences and a NINDS Outstanding Investigator Award.