Thomas J. Carew, Ph.D.
Bren Professor and Chair
Department of Neurobiology & Behavior
Thomas J. Carew received his Ph.D. from the
University of California, Riverside in 1970. After spending three post-doctoral years at
NYU Medical School, he joined the faculty of Columbia Medical School. In 1983, he was
recruited to Yale University, where he was named the John M. Musser Professor of
Psychology and a Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. In January
2000, he joined UCIs faculty as a Bren Professor and Chair of the Department of
Neurobiology & Behavior.
For the last 30 years, Professor Carews research has focused on a deceptively simple
question: how is it that we remember some things for a few seconds and other things for a
lifetime? His work has examined the cellular and molecular events that take place in the
brain to accomplish the seemingly effortless but actually quite remarkable tasks involved
in encoding, storing and retrieving different forms of memory.
Professor Carew is a former Chair of the Department of Psychology at Yale, a Fellow of the
American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, an elected
Member of the Society for Experimental Psychology, and a past Councilor of the Society for
Neuroscience. He is also the recipient of several awards, including a MERIT Award from the
National Institute of Mental Health, and the Yale College Dylan Hixon Prize for excellence
in teaching in the natural sciences. He is a member of several editorial and science
advisory boards that address the general area of learning and memory. Professor
Carews most recent honor was being named a Bren Professor at UCI, joining the ranks
of the other distinguished Bren Professors on campus, including the noted evolutionary
biologist Francisco Ayala and the atmospheric chemist F. Sherwood Rowland, a Nobel
Laureate in Chemistry.