Cori Bargmann studies the relationships between genes, circuits and behaviors in the genetically tractable nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans. She trained at MIT under Robert A. Weinberg before taking a faculty position at UCSF in 1991. In 2014, she joined Rockefeller University as the Torsten N. Wiesel Professor and Associate Director of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior. In 2013-2014, she co-chaired the NIH working group to the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director for President Obama's Brain Initiative. She was an HHMI investigator from 1995-2016. In 2016, she joined the Chan Zuckerberg initiative as its first Head of Science.