Elissa Hallem is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in biology and chemistry from Williams College in 1999, and a PhD in neuroscience from Yale University in 2005. From 2005-2010, Dr. Hallem was a Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Hallem’s research focuses on the neural basis of sensory behaviors in free-living and parasitic nematodes. Dr. Hallem is the recipient of a 2012 MacArthur Fellowship. She also received a Searle Scholars Award in 2012, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 2011, and a Rita Allen Foundation Fellowship in 2011.