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Joseph LeDoux received his Ph.D. in 1977 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY. He started his career as a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University Medical College (New York, NY), where he was made an Assistant Professor in 1980 and an Associate Professor in 1986. Prof. LeDoux then moved to New York University's Center for Neural Science where he was promoted to Full Professor in 1991. Since 1996 he has been the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science, and since 2005 he has held the title of "University Professor".
Over the course of his career Prof. LeDoux has received many awards, including the Fyssen Foundation International Prize, the Hoch Award, the Jean-Louis Signoret Prize, consecutive MERIT Awards and Research Scientist Awards from the the American National Institute of Mental Health. Prof. LeDoux sits on the editorial board of several journals and has given the Society for Neuroscience Presidential Lecture. He was elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences in 2005 and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006.