Kenneth C. Catania is a biologist and neuroscientist working at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He studies animal sensory systems, brain organization, and behavior in diverse species including star-nosed moles, water shrews, naked mole-rats, alligators and crocodiles, and snakes at Catania lab. He studies specialized animals because “they reveal general principles of brain function.” Catania has written many publications in scientific journals and has written for Scientific American, Natural History Magazine, and The Scientist.
He did his post-doctoral work with Jon Kaas at Vanderbilt University before joining the Vanderbilt Biological Sciences Faculty in 2000 where he is currently a Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences. In 1989, Catania received a BS in zoology from the University of Maryland. In 1992, he received an MS in Neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego, followed in 1994 with a Ph.D. from UCSD working with Glenn Northcutt.