Dr. Ben Philpot is an Assistant Professor in Cell and Molecular Physiology at the University of North Carolina, and a member of the Neuroscience Center, the Neurobiology Curriculum, and the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Center. Prior to this appointment, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Bear at Brown University and a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Philpot earned his Ph.D. in psychobiology in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Brunjes at the University of Virginia in 1997. Dr. Philpot is known for his work examining the mechanisms by which experience regulates synaptic plasticity in the brain. His work has demonstrated that Ube3a is required for experience-dependent maturation of the neocortex, and he continues to elucidate the synaptic basis of Angelman syndrome. Please visit Dr. Philpot’s website for more information.