Dr. Gordon M. Shepherd grew up in Iowa, and received his B.S. at Iowa State College in 1955, his MD at Harvard in 1959, and DPhil at Oxford in 1962. After postdoctoral training at NIH, MIT and the Karolinska Institute, he joined the faculty at Yale Medical School, where he is Professor of Neuroscience. He introduced the olfactory system as a model for analyzing the properties of neurons and synapses in the brain, and the formation of neural images of olfactory molecules. His research has contributed to properties of neuronal dendrites and spines, olfactory processing, and development of the new fields of computational neuroscience, brain microcircuits, neuroinformatics and neurogastronomy. His books include The Synaptic Organization of the Brain; Neurobiology; Handbook of Brain Microcircuits; Neurogastronomy; Neuroenology; Foundations of the Neuron Doctrine; and Creating Modern Neuroscience. He served as a Deputy Provost of Yale University, received honorary degrees from the Universities of Copenhagen and Pavia, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and past president of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences and the Cajal Club.