Michael C Crair PhD

William Ziegler III Professor of Neurobiology and Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Director, Graduate Studies

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience

LCME Academic Environment Subcommittee

Office of Student ResearchInterdepartmental Neuroscience ProgramNeurobiology: Kavli Institute for Neuroscience; Crair Lab; Swartz Program in Theoretical NeurobiologyOphthalmology and Visual Science

Research Interests

Neural circuit development; Synapse formation; Visual system development; Cortex development more...


  • AB, University of California at Berkeley, 1985
  • M.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1987
  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1991

Selected Publications

  • Burbridge TJ, Xu HP, Ackman JB, Ge X, Zhang Y, Ye MJ, Zhou ZJ, Xu J, Contractor A and Crair MC, “Visual Circuit Development Requires Patterned Activity Mediated by Retinal Acetylcholine Receptors.”, Neuron, 2014 84:1049-64 2011 PMCID: PMC4258148.
  • Li H, Fertuzinhos S, Mohns E, Hnasko TS, Verhage M, Edwards R, Sestan N and Crair, MC, “Laminar and Columnar Development of Barrel Cortex Relies on Thalamocortical Neurotransmission”, Neuron, 2013 79:970-986 doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2013.06.043.
  • Ackman J, Burbridge T and Crair, MC. “Retinal Waves Coordinate Patterned Activity Throughout the Developing Visual System”, Nature, 2012 Oct 11;490(7419):219-25. doi: 10.1038/nature11529.



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