Dr. David Hollis grew up in Fresno, California in the San Joaquin Valley. He attended college at California State University, Fresno and received his bachelor's degree in Zoology followed by a master's degree in biology. His master's research, which focused on amphibian vocalization, yielded him the university's Outstanding Thesis Award. He then moved to Indiana and earned his Ph.D. in biology (2002) from the University of Notre Dame, where his research focus shifted to molecular neurobiology. Dr. Hollis then became a postdoctoral scientist at Oregon State University where he worked on brain gene expression in urodele amphibians in response to pheromones. He then took a subsequent postdoctoral position at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the Great Lakes WATER Institute. There, he initiated his research on the molecular mechanisms of brain regeneration in adult fish. Afterwards, he became an assistant professor of biology at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona where he taught neurobiology, endocrinology, and physiology. He then joined the Furman University Biology Department in 2008 and expanded his research focus to the molecular mechanisms of brain repair and development in both fish and amphibians. Dr. Hollis is currently a member of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), the Society for Comparative and Integrative Biology (SICB), the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH), and the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB).