Troy Littleton, M.D., Ph.D., is the Menicon Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Biology and The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT.
Dr. Littleton earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Baylor College of Medicine withing with Hugo Bellen characterizing synaptic vesicle exocytosis using the Drosophila model. After completing his M.D./Ph.D. studies, Dr. Littleton did postdoctoral work at the Univisity of Wisconsin in Madison with Barry Ganetzky, one of the early founders of the Drosophila neurogenetics field. Dr. Littleton moved to MIT in 2000, where he has been charactering how alterations in synapse formation and function contribute to synaptic plasticity. In addition, Dr. Littleton has used the Drosophila model for the study of several neurological disorders, including epilepsy, Huntington’s Disease and autism.
Dr. Littleton has received numerous awards for his research, including a Helen Hay Whitney Fellowship, a Searle Scholar Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Human Frontiers Science Program Fellowship, the Poitras Scholar Award in Neuroscience and a Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering.
In addition, Dr. Littleton has served as a member of numerous NIH Study Sections and mentored more than 60 students and postdoctoral fellows during his career. Dr. Littleton has published more than 100 articles in leading journals, including Nature, Science, Cell and Neuron. Currently, Dr. Littleton serves as Director of MIT’s Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Graduate Program.