David Anderson is the Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology at Caltech and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. David received an A.B. at Harvard and a Ph.D. at Rockefeller University where he trained with Nobel laureate Günter Blobel. He performed postdoctoral studies at Columbia University with Nobel laureate Richard Axel. Among his awards are Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellow, 1983-86; NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award 1986-87; Searle Scholars Award, 1987-88; Alfred P. Sloan research Fellowship in Neuroscience, Javits Investigator in Neuroscience (NIH), 1989-96; Charles Judson Herrick Award in Comparative Neurology, 1990; Alden Spencer Award in Neurobiology, Columbia University, 1999; Elected Associate, The Neurosciences Institute, 2001; American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow, 2002; American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, 2002; Alexander von Humboldt Award, 2005; elected to the National Academies of Sciences, 2007; named Allen Institute Distinguished Investigator, 2010.