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 â€œthey reveal general principles of brain function.â€� 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.