Founding Editor of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience , Bob Knight is a professor at UC Berkeley with a research program focused on human neuroscience. He received a B.S. in Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1970, his M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School in 1974, trained in Neurology at UC San Diego from 1976-1978 and did his post-doctoral work in human neurophysiology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies from 1978-1980. He was a faculty member in the Neurology Department at UC Davis from 1980-1998 and has been in the Psychology Department and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley since 1998. Knight’s research focuses on the role of prefrontal cortex in human behavior. His laboratory aims to understand the neural mechanisms underlying frontal cortex control of distributed neuronal ensembles critical for both cognitive and social behavior. The laboratory employs neuropsychological, electrophysiological, fMRI and neuroanatomical techniques to study prefrontal function in neurological patients. His laboratory also records the electrocorticogram directly from the human cortex in neurosurgical patients to obtain information on the oscillatory dynamics supporting human behavior. As part of this neurosurgical effort his lab has recently become interested in the area of brain machine interface. He is twice the recipient of a Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, an IBM Award in Cognitive Computing and a Humboldt Prize in Neurobiology. He is the Founding Editor of Frontiers for Young Minds.
In April, 2017, Professor Knight was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.