Dr. Strickland received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Rhodes College in Memphis and his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Michigan. He joined The Rockefeller University as a research associate and rose to the rank of associate professor. He moved to Stony Brook University as an associate professor and was promoted to professor and then Leading Professor. He returned to Rockefeller as head of the Laboratory of Neurobiology & Genetics and dean of graduate and postgraduate studies. Dr. Strickland has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, a Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellowship, an American Heart Association established investigator award, and a distinguished graduate award from the University of Michigan. He also received a distinguished alumni award and an honorary doctor of science degree from Rhodes College. He was named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, and awarded the International Society for Fibrinolysis and Proteolysis Prize, the Innovation Research Award from the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, and a Zenith Award from the Alzheimer’s Association.