SANTA MONICA, CA, July 26, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Alan D. Grinnell, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Grinnell celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
After three years as a Junior Fellow at Harvard University and another two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biophysics at University College London, Dr. Grinnell began a career at the University of California Los Angeles in 1964. He quickly advanced to Full Professorship, teaching neurobiology and physiology. From 1997 to 2001 he chaired the Department of Physiological Science. Among other positions, he served as head of the Ahmanson Laboratory of Neurobiology in the Brain Research Institute between 1978 and 2002, and as Director of the Jerry Lewis Neuromuscular Research Center from 1977 to 2001. He directed an NIH-funded training program in cellular neurobiology between 1968 and 2006. Today, he is recognized as a Distinguished Research Professor in the Departments of Physiology and Integrative Biology and Physiology, and as an Associate Dean of Life Sciences in the College of Letters and Science. He has been a Research Associate on the campus's Fowler Museum of Cultural History since 1990.
Dr. Grinnell's research has focused on two fields. He did influential early behavioral work in the laboratory of Donald Griffin, the discoverer of the phenomenon of echolocation in bats, where he also did pioneering electrophysiological work on the neural adaptations that enable bats to use echoes of emitted sounds as a substitute for vision. Comparative field research on bats and other animals has taken him to more than 20 countries. In a second research field, his work has helped elucidate the trophic interactions between nerve and muscle that regulate synapse number, location and strength, and he has published extensively on the regulation of neurotransmitter release at synapses. Dr. Grinnell's work as a scholar and scientist has led to the publication of numerous articles and reviews for an array of peer reviewed journals, including Nature, Science, the Journal of Physiology and the Journal of Neuroscience, as well as for several publication houses and federal granting agencies. Additionally, he has authored or co-authored numerous works, including "Animal Physiology: Principles and Adaptations" and "Introduction to Nervous Systems" as co-author and "Bat Bioacoustics" as co-editor. He is also interested in the art and iconography of the ceramics of ancient Panama, and is writing a book on that subject.
Dr. Grinnell is an alumnus of Harvard University. He acquired a Bachelor of Arts at the prestigious university in 1958, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in 1962. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University College London from 1962 to 1964.
Aligning himself with several leading professional organizations, Dr. Grinnell is a former councilor of the Society for Neuroscience and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where he was a member-at-large of its neuroscience steering group.
Dr. Grinnell received a Senior Scientist Award from the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation in 1975 and 1979. He also received a Guggenheim fellowship and a Jacob Javits Award from the National Institutes of Health in 1986. A celebrated Marquis listee, Dr. Grinnell has been cited in approximately 60 editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who in the West.
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