Premiere Date:Sunday, August 17, 2008
Dr. Sweatt received his bachelors degree in Chemistry from the University of South Alabama and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University. He did a post-doctoral Fellowship at the Columbia University Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, working on memory mechanisms in the laboratory of Nobel laureate Eric Kandel. From 1989 until 2006 he was in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, rising through the ranks to Professor. At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he serves as the Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Research Institute and is the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair of the Department of Neurobiology. His research focuses on the signal-transduction mechanisms operating to control gene transcription in learning and memory. In addition, his research program also investigates mechanisms of learning and memory disorders, such as mental retardation and aging-related memory dysfunction. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Neuroscience and other scientific journals, and the author of a textbook, Mechanisms of Memory.