Research Initiatives

The Kavli Institute for Neuroscience awards grants to Yale faculty to support new research initiatives that are related to the Institute's goals, such as increasing our understanding of cortical function, development and evolution. Funded projects are designed to open new ground for future investigations into the function and structure of the cerebral cortex.

To learn more about the Kavli Institute's investigators and their research, view their faculty profile pages:

Bio Profile

Amy F. T. Arnsten

Professor of Neurobiology and of Psychology

Member, Kavli Institute of Neuroscience at Yale University

Biography

Dr. Arnsten was raised in Maplewood, N.J. where she attended Columbia High School. She received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Brown University in 1976, and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCSD in 1981. She did post-doctoral research with Dr. Susan Iversen at Cambridge University, and with Dr. Patricia Goldman-Rakic at Yale. Dr. Arnsten's research has led to the development of guanfacine (IntunivTM) for the treatment of ADHD and related prefrontal cortical disorders. Her work has also uncovered...

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Research Interests

Neurosciences

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Joerg Bewersdorf

Associate Professor of Cell Biology and of Biomedical Engineering

Biography

Dr. Bewersdorf joined the department of Cell Biology in 2009 coming from The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, where he led a research group from 2005 to 2009. The previous 8 years, he had trained and worked with Dr. Stefan W. Hell at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, Germany. Dr. Bewersdorf received his Master's degree (Dipl. Phys.) in 1998 and his doctoral degree in physics (Dr. rer. nat.) in 2002, both from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

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Research Interests

Cell Nucleus; Microscopy, Fluorescence; Microscopy, Confocal; Cellular Structures

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Hal Blumenfeld

Mark Loughridge and Michele Williams Professor of Neurology and Professor of Neurobiology and of Neurosurgery

Director, Yale Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center (CNIC)

Biography

Dr. Blumenfeld's clinical and research work focuses on epilepsy, cognition and brain imaging. He directs Yale's Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center (CNIC), a new multi-disciplinary core facility for innovative study and treatment of brain disorders. Teaching activities include a textbook titled Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases, Sinauer Assoc., Publ. 2002, 2010.

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Marvin M Chun

Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology

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Pietro De Camilli

John Klingenstein Professor of Neuroscience

Director, Yale Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair

Biography

A native of Italy, De Camilli studied at the Liceo Manzoni in Milan, earned his M.D. degree from the University of Milano in 1972 and obtained a postgraduate degree in medical endocrinology from the University of Pavia in Italy. He was a postdoctoral fellow (1978-79) with Paul Greengard in the Department of Pharmacology at Yale, and subsequently an assistant professor in the Yale Section of Cell Biology. Following a return of a few years to Milan, he moved back to Yale in the late 1980s, where...

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Research Interests

Animals, Laboratory; Mental Disorders; Nervous System Diseases; Organisms, Genetically Modified

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Ralph Joseph DiLeone

Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Neurobiology

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Michael J Higley

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

Primary Member, Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair (CNNR)

Member, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

Biography

Dr. Higley studied behavioral neuroscience at Cornell University. He then completed his MD and PhD in the MSTP Program and the laboratory of Dr. Diego Contreras at the University of Pennsylvania. He continued his scientific training as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Bernardo Sabatini at Harvard Medical School and joined the faculty of the Yale Department of Neurobiology in 2010.

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Research Interests

Autistic Disorder; Schizophrenia; Neurodegenerative Diseases

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Anthony J Koleske

Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and of Neurobiology

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Daeyeol Lee

Professor of Neurobiology and of Psychology

Biography

Daeyeol Lee is a professor of neurobiology and psychology at Yale University and the director of Yale laboratory of cognition and decision making. Dr. Lee received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Seoul National University in Korea and his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then received a postdoctoral training in neurophysiology at the University of Minnesota. His current research focuses on the brain mechanisms of decision making, in particular...

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Research Interests

Appetitive Behavior; Basal Ganglia; Behavior, Animal; Impulsive Behavior; Neurophysiology; Neurosciences; Parietal Lobe; Risk-Taking; Prefrontal Cortex