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Mike Kaplan

Lecturer in the Biological Basis of Behavior Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Mike Kaplan has been associated with Penn for almost 20 years, as a graduate student, a postdoctoral fellow, and most recently a lecturer and lab instructor for the Biological Basis of Behavior (BBB) program. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he graduated from Wesleyan University with degrees in biochemistry and philosophy, then sojourned in New York City to dabble in the music business, where he wrote non-hit songs with titles like “Brain in a Jar.” Perhaps unsurprisingly, he ended up back in science. His research at Penn has focused on synaptic plasticity, both short-term (with Dr. Marc Dichter in the medical school) and long-term (with BBB director Dr. Ted Abel). He teaches Cellular Neurobiology and Experimental Methods in Synaptic Physiology, runs the labs for Introduction to Brain and Behavior courses, and is the Master of Ceremonies and head zookeeper at the Neurolab, an undergraduate teaching lab for electrophysiology and computer simulations. Last year, to coincide with Penn’s Year of Sound, Mike introduced a course on music and the brain as a freshman seminar. Dr. Kaplan received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by Affiliated Faculty in 2009.


PANEL: Daedalus Quartet Performance and Conversation
TITLE: "Neuroscience, History, and Social Dynamics in Beethoven's Great Fugue." A Live Performance and Conversation with Jim Sykes, Naomi Waltham-Smith, and Mike Kaplan.
TIME: Friday, September 12, 11:30am – 1:00pm