Paul Worley, M.D., is a professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He joined the department as an assistant professor in 1988 and became a professor in 1999. His laboratory examines the molecular basis of learning and memory. The lab cloned a set of immediate early genes (IEGs) that are rapidly transcribed in neurons involved in information processing and essential for long-term memory. Worley received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980 and his B.A. and M.A. in chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University.