A&S Researcher of the Month: John Bickle

John Bickle

The College of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi State has named John Bickle Researcher of the Month.

Bickle is a professor of philosophy and currently serves as the department head for the Department of Philosophy and Religion. He is also a fellow at MSU’s Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies (I2AT), and has been at Mississippi State since 2009.

Before coming to MSU, he held several leadership positions at the University of Cincinnati, including department head for philosophy, professor in the neuroscience graduate program in the College of Medicine, and director of the undergraduate neuroscience program. At Cincinnati, he was nominated to be a graduate fellow in 2004, the highest research honor awarded at that university to faculty.

In addition to this experience, he has also held faculty and research positions at Duke University, East Carolina University, and Ludqig-Mazimilians-Universitaet Muechen in Munich, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy, with a concentration in philosophy of science and neuroscience, from the University of California, Irvine, in 1989.

Bickle’s research is in philosophy of neuroscience, and on cellular and molecular mechanisms of cognition and consciousness. Previously, his research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and and the National Institutes of Health. He is best known for advocating “ruthless reductionism” about mind in philosophy of science and neuroscience.

Bickle has authored or co-authored four books, and he was the author or co-author of more than seventy research articles, book chapters, and book reviews in philosophy, neuroscience, and cognitive science journals and volumes. He has been invited to give lectures in 21 different countries.

Next for Bickle is his recent appointment as an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Working with Lique Coolen and Ian Webb, he is starting a research project investigating the molecular mechanisms of a form of mammalian social memory using optogenetics, an experimental technique that uses light to control individual neurons’ activities after genetically altering neurons’ sensitivity to light.

Editor's note: The Arts & Sciences Researcher of the Month is provided by the College of Arts and Sciences at MSU. For additional information, please see www.cas.msstate.edu/research or contact Karyn Brown at kbrown@deanas.msstate.edu or 662-325-7952.

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