Dr. Craig Stark is a Professor of Neurobiology of Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. Craig received his doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University in 1998 on the development of computational models of memory, and then applied the principles of this computational approach to amnesia research and early studies using functional MRI during his postdoctoral research into memory at the University of California at San Diego.
Following a faculty position at The Johns Hopkins University, Craig has been a Professor at UCI, where his research has focused on the dynamic network of structures in the medial temporal lobe to support semantic and episodic memories. As Director of the Campus Center for Neuroimaging, he has developed high-resolution functional MRI to investigate activity of hippocampal subfields in pattern separation and high-resolution diffusion tensor imaging to evaluate the integrity of white matter tracts feeding into and out of the hippocampus. His research on the hippocampus and its role in memory has contributed to our understanding of the malleability of memory over time and how that can affect the reliability of eyewitness testimony.