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

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Neurobiology: Kavli Institute for Neuroscience | Crair Lab | Swartz Program in Theoretical Neurobiology

Ophthalmology 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

  • 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.
  • Zhang J, Ackman J, Xu H P, and Crair, MC. "Visual Map Development Depends on the Temporal Pattern of Binocular Activity in Mice". Nature Neuroscience 2011 doi:10.1038/nn.3007. PMID:22179110.



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