Dr. Franck Polleux did his undergraduate and graduate studies at Université Claude Bernard in Lyon, (France) where he obtained his Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 1997. He then joined the laboratory of Dr. Anirvan Ghosh at Johns Hopkins University for his post-doctoral training. He is now a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and the new Zuckerman Mind, Brain, Behavior Institute at Columbia University. Throughout his career, Dr Polleux has identified some key cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the development, evolution and maintenance of neuronal connectivity. He received several awards including the 2005 Pew Scholar Award in Biomedical Sciences, the NARSAD Young Investigator Award and the 2015 Award from the Roger De Spoelberch foundation.