Professor, Department of Neurobiology
The University of Chicago
Peggy Mason grew up in the Washington DC area and worked in taxidermy at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. She received her BA in Biology in 1983 and her PhD in Neuroscience in 1987, both from Harvard. After postdoctoral work at the University of California - San Francisco, she joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1992 where she is now Professor of Neurobiology. For 25 years, Dr Mason's worked on the cellular mechanisms of pain modulation. Since 2008, she has turned her energies to the biology of empathy and pro-social behavior. Dr Mason is committed to spreading the word of neurobiology through teaching. She has taught medical students since her arrival at UChicago, with the exception of a 2-year hiatus during which she wrote a textbook, Medical Neurobiology (Oxford University Press, 2011). She also teaches a popularCoursera course that has attracted >100,000 students to date.