- Formerly Professor of Zoology & Head of Dept, CU Dept of Zoology
Malcolm Burrows is a neurobiologist who studies the way the brain controls movement. He studies animals such as insects and crustaceans which have a much simpler brain than ours, with many fewer and often larger nerve cells. This makes it possible to analyse the role that individual nerve cells play in integrating sensory information and organising muscle actions that control movements. Current projects involve understanding how insects jump so rapidly using catapult mechanisms, and how solitary locusts change into ones that live in large groups that still periodically devastate large swathes of Africa.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of London, a Member Academia Europaea and a Member of Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Munich, Germany. He has worked extensively in the USA, Australia and Germany. He won the Frink Medal of the Zoological Society of London in 2005, was an Alexander von Humboldt Preisträger in 1993 and was President of International Society for Neuroethology 1998-2001. In Wolfson he has served on the Council, the Computing Committee and the Fellowship and Membership Committee.
He was a member of the Department of Zoology since 1976, Professor of Neuroscience from 1986-1996, and Professor of Zoology and Head of the Department from 1996, a position from which he retired in September 2010.