György Buzsáki, MD, PhD

Biggs Professor of Neuroscience, NYU School of Medicine



  • University of Pecs, Hungary M. D. 1974 Medicine
  • Academy of Sciences, Budapest Ph. D. 1984 Neuroscience
  • University of Texas, San Antonio post-doc 1980-81 Neuroscience
  • University of Western Ontario, London post-doc 1981-82 Neuroscience


1975-88: Assistant/Adjunct Professor at Institute of Physiology, University of Pecs, School of Medicine, Pecs, Hungary.

1981: Clinical Electroencephalographer Examination, Budapest.

1984-85: Visiting Associate Professor, University of Lund, Lund, Sweden.

1985: Visiting Faculty at Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York (2 months).

1986-88: J.D. French Foundation Fellow, Department of Neurosciences, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

1988-90: Associate Professor in Residence, Department of Neurosciences, UCSD, La Jolla, CA.

1990-95: Professor I, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ.

1995-2003: Professor II, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ.

2003-2012: Board of Governors Professor, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ.

2012 – present: Biggs Professor of Neural Sciences , NYU Neuroscience Institute, New York University, Langone Medical Center, NY.


Honors and distinguished lectures

  • Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience (2021)
  • Ralph W. Gerard Prize (Society for Neuroscience’s highest honor) (2020)
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Collége de France, Paris, France (2019)
  • Annual Lecture, UCL Center for Imaging, London (2019)
  • Special Lecture, Society for Neuroscience (2019)
  • Honoris Causa, University of Pecs, Hungary (2018)
  • Margaret Bidwell Memorial Lecturer, MIT, Boston (2018)
  • The 2018 Distinguished Lecture, Integrative Center for Learning and Memory, UCLA (2018)
  • Keynote Speaker. Gairdner Foundation Symposium, Toronto, Canada (2018)
  • Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences, USA (2017)
  • Master Scientist, New York University School of Medicine (2017)
  • Honoris Causa, University of Kaposvar, Hungary (2016)
  • Honoris Causa, University of Aix-Marseille, France (2015)
  • Board of Editors, Science AAAS (2015)
  • Translational Research Mentor of the Year Award , NYU Clinical and Translational Science Institute, NYU (2014)
  • The Ariëns Kappers Medal, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2014)
  • Elected Member, Academia Europaea (2012)
  • Highly Cited Researcher, ISI (2012)
  • The Brain Prize Lecture, FENS Forum, Barcelona, July 15, 2012.
  • The Brain Prize (shared with Peter Somogyi and Tamas Freund), 2011. (
  • Annual Lord Adrian Lecture, Cambridge University (2011)
  • NYU Honors Program Lecture Series, January 30, 2011.
  • J. P. Scott Annual Lecture. Center for Neuroscience, Bowling Green State University, Ohio. 2010.
  • Sterling Visiting Professor Distinguished Lecture. Albany Medical College, NY. November 4, 2010.
  • Keynote Speaker. European College of Neuropsychopharmacology ECNP 23rd. 2010.
  • The Talairach Lecture, 16th Meeting of the Organization of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Society, Barcelona, Spain, 2010.
  • Grass Traveling Scientist. University of Alabama, Program in Neurosciences. University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL. December 7, 2009.
  • The Hans-Lukas Teuber Lecture, MIT, Cambridge, MA (2009)
  • The 2nd David Smith Lecture, Oxford University, Oxford, England (2009)
  • Henry Neufeld Memorial Award 2008 (BFS Israel)
  • College de France Distinguished Professor. College de France, Paris, France (2008)
  • Chancellor’s Award Lecture in Neuroscience, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA (2007)
  • Opening Plenary Lecture, Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, FENS, Vienna, Austria (2006)
  • Provost’s Research Award for Distinguished Scholarship, Rutgers University, (2006)
  • The Swammerdam Lecture, Amsterdam, Dutch Academy of Sciences, The Netherlands (2005)
  • The First Robert L. Isaacson Lecture. University of Binghamton (SUNY, 2005)
  • Distinguished Lecturer. RIKEN Brain Science Institute (2005)
  • Herbert Jasper Lecture. Montreal Neurological Institute (2005)
  • Fellow, Neurosciences Research Program, La Jolla, CA (2005-2010)
  • ISI Highly Cited (top 250 most cited neuroscientists)
  • Elected Fellow, AAAS (2004)
  • Krieg Cortical Discoverer Award. The Cajal Club, American Association of Anatomists (2001)
  • Foreign member. Hungarian Academy Sciences (2001)
  • Fogarty International Senior Fellow. National Institute of Health (2000)
  • College de France Distinguished Professor. College de France, Paris, France (1999)
  • The Pierre Gloor Award. American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (1997)
  • G. Moruzzi Lecture. European Neuroscience Meeting. Strasbourg, France, 1996
  • The Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research, Rutgers University (1995)
  • Traveling Grass Scientist (1992) University of New Foundland, Canada
  • F. Bottazzi Lecture. Opening address to the XLIII. Annual Meeting of the Italian Physiological Society, Sorrento, Italy, 1991
  • J. D. French Foundation Fellow (1986-88)
  • European Science Foundation Travel Awards (1981,1983,1984, 1986)
  • Science Achievement Award, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1986)


Contributions to the advancement of the academic profession

  • IBRO Advisory Science Program (member)

Editorial boards

  • Science (member, Board of Reviewing Editors, 2011-)
  • Neuron (2001-)
  • Journal of Neurophysiology (2004-)
  • Reviews in The Neurosciences (2001-)
  • Hippocampus (1993-)
  • Brain Structure and Function (2008-)
  • Translational Neuroscience (2010-)
  • The Thalamus (2001-)
  • Clinical Neuroscience (2004-)
  • Neuroscience Research Communications (1991-)
  • Journal of Neuroscience (1997-2004)
  • Epilepsia (1999-2003)
  • Behavioral Brain Research (1993-2010)
  • Neuroscience (1989-2004); Section Editor (2000-2004)
  • Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience (1991-94)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience (1990-1995)

Other interests

Cool Links

When art teaches science – discovery of tensegrity
Elizabeth Horowitz


Contemporary architecture. In my next life, I will be an architect. This is what I accomplished in the present one (our home in NJ – in collaboration with Peter Forbes and Tim Weiler) [photos / video]


The New York Times story, “The Beautiful Mind”
More images at the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center website