Peter Wais, Ph.D
Faculty - Neuroscape
Assistant Professor - Neurology
UCSF – Mission BaySandler Neuroscience CenterMC 0444, 675 Nelson Rising LaneSan Francisco, CA 94158
Peter is a native Californian and completed his undergraduate degree in Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. After a long stint in industry (first basic steel, then pure chocolate), his curiosity turned him toward the study of long-term memory. Peter Wais studied with Dr. John Gabrieli at Stanford University, where he learned about functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), before pursuing his Ph.D. in Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. John Wixted and Dr. Larry Squire at the University of California, San Diego. His thesis examined the roles of medial temporal lobe structures (particularly the hippocampus) in recognition memory. Peter's research interest is the cognitive neuroscience of declarative memory: specifically, how brain networks subserve the mind in reconstruction of long-term memory. His research program is supported by an NIH Pathway to Independence Award.