Kalanit Grill-Spector is a Professor of Psychology at the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute at Stanford University, CA, USA. She investigates how the brain is processing and perceiving visual information. For this, she uses functional imaging techniques to visualize the living brain in action and understand how it functions to recognize people, objects and places. Additionally, she investigates how the anatomical and functional properties of the brain change from infancy to childhood through adulthood, and how this development is related to improved visual recognition abilities.
Kalanit Grill-Spector received her PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and was a postdoctoral fellow in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT before joining Stanford University. She has received several awards and honors including the Human Sciences Frontier Fellowship, the Sloan Fellowship, and the Klingenstein Fellowship in Neuroscience. She has served as an Editor for the Journal of Vision and Neuropsychologia. She served as director of the graduate studies in the Department of Psychology at Stanford from 2017-2021. Presently, she is leading the Wu Tsai Big idea project on Neurodevelopment and serves as a board member of the Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging and as the Chair of the Department of Psychology.