A member of the Department since 1966, Dr. Buchwald retired in 1991 and is currently Emeritus Professor of Physiology at UCLA. Although her early research focused on motor learning, her primary area of research was development and plasticity in the auditory system and in vocal behaviors. This research was based on electrophysiological studies in cats, kittens, humans and elephant seals and also included studies of these behaviors in autistic and Alzheimer's subjects.
Although no longer living in Los Angeles, Dr. Buchwald's legacy to the Department continues in the form of graduate student support. In 1991, through her generosity, the Jennifer Buchwald Endowment Fund was created. This endowment is available to provide the tuition and fees for graduate students, preferably women or minorities, in their first year in the Department of Physiology.