Gordon M. Shepherd, MD, DPhil
Professor of Neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine
Dr. Gordon Shepherd 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 our understanding of the properties of neuronal dendrites and spines, olfactory processing, and development of the new fields of computational neuroscience, brain microcircuits, neuroinformatics, and neurogastronomy.
In addition to many seminal textbooks, such as The synaptic organization of the brain, now in its fifth edition, Dr. Shepherd has authored books for the general public, including: Neurogastronomy: How the Brain Creates Flavor and Why It Matters, and more recently, Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine.