David Paydarfar, M.D., studies oscillatory neural systems at the cellular, tissue and organismal levels, focusing on circuits involved in breathing, swallowing, and other autonomic functions. He seeks to understand mechanisms underlying disease states associated with abnormal behavior of oscillators, such as apnea, circadian dysrhythmias, and epilepsy, as well as the co-ordination of pacemakers with other physiological and behavioral functions. At the Wyss Institute, he is developing methods to prevent infant apnea, a pause in breathing that can be life-threatening and is especially common in premature infants. The condition is believed to be caused by underdeveloped brain circuits that control breathing and results in oxygen deprivation, which can kill or produce lifelong developmental problems. Paydarfar received his undergraduate degree in physics at Duke University, his doctorate in medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his post-graduate training in neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is currently Professor of Neurology and Physiology, and is Vice Chair for Clinical Operations and Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. More at www.umassmed.edu.