Dr. Vosshall received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Columbia University in 1987 and her Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University in 1993. She conducted her postdoctoral training with Richard Axel at Columbia from 1993 to 2000, when she returned to Rockefeller as assistant professor. She was promoted to associate professor in 2006 and was made the Robin Chemers Neustein Professor in 2010. She was appointed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in 2008.
Dr. Vosshall received a Gill Young Investigator Award in 2011, a Dart/NYU biotech award in 2010, a Lawrence C. Katz Prize from Duke University in 2009 and a Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in 2007. In 2005 she received the New York City Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science and Technology and the Irma T. Hirschl/Monique Weill-Caulier Trusts Research Award. In 2002 she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and was named a John Merck Fund Scholar. She was named an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Young Investigator in 2001, when she also received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award and a McKnight Scholar Award in Neuroscience. She was elected as a AAAS Fellow in 2014 and elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2015