Fred Rieke is a professor at the University of Washington. He was a physics undergraduate and graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. His graduate work, with Bill Bialek, focused on theoretical studies of how signals are encoded in the nervous system. After graduating in 1991, he went to the University of Chicago as a postdoctoral fellow with Eric Schwartz working in the mechanisms regulating synaptic communication between cells in the retina. He did a second postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University with Denis Baylor, working on how light is transduced into an electrical signal by photoreceptors in the retina. He joined the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UW in 1997. Work in the Rieke lab concerns how rod and cone photoreceptor transduce light inputs and how the resulting signals are processed by the neural circuitry in the retina.