Diane Lipscombe, PhD is a professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Brown University, where she has served on the faculty since 1990, and is interim director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science. She teaches advanced cellular and molecular neuroscience, directed the school’s Neuroscience Graduate Program from 2005 to 2012, and chairs the Neuroscience Graduate Program Steering Committee. Lipscombe is principal investigator of institutional pre-doctoral training grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her focus is on a family of proteins that control the flow of calcium into neurons. These calcium channels are important drug targets in the treatment of neuropathic pain and hypertension, and are risk factors in schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. She runs an active research lab at Brown that has received NIH funding for more than 20 years. She has authored numerous publications and has given named lectures, including the Joan Mott Prize Lecture for the Physiological Society in the United Kingdom. She is a regular member of an NIH scientific review panels and serves on several editorial boards. She is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement Science.