Frontiers Conference at the University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh researchers play a leading role in a White House conference, co-hosted by Pitt and Carnegie Mellon, on the future of innovation.

Nathan Urban

  • Vice Provost for Special Projects
  • Professor and Vice Chair, Neurobiology
  • Co-Director, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
  • Associate Director, University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute


A distinguished neuroscientist, Urban’s research involves physiological and computational analysis of the function of neural circuits. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Human Frontiers Science Program.

Prior to arriving at Pitt in 2015, Urban was the Dr. Frederick A. Schwertz Distinguished Chair in the Life Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. At Carnegie Mellon, he held numerous senior-level positions, including interim provost, head of the Department of Biological Sciences, and founding director of the BrainHub Initiative. Urban was named one of the 50 leaders in Science and Technology by Scientific American in 2005.