Botir Sagdullaev, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Associate Director at the Burke Medical Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, USA. Following his undergraduate studies in physiology at Uzbek National University and graduate studies in biophysics, Dr. Sagdullaev performed his post-doctoral research work at University of Louisville and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. In 2005, he was awarded the James O’Leary Prize for excellence in neuroscience. Botir has joined the faculty at Columbia University (2006) and Weill Cornell Medicine (2008), where he continues to focus his research on sensory signal processing, particularly on how fundamental yet simple synaptic mechanisms underlie our perception of the world around us. His laboratory studies how the sensory system is shaped by elaborate neurovascular circuitry and how it is altered by development, experience or during neurodegenerative diseases.