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:

Arnsten, Amy F. T.

Professor of Neurobiology and of Psychology
Member, Kavli Institute of Neuroscience at Yale University

Research Interests:Molecular influences on higher cognitive function

  • Office:(203) 785-4431

Bewersdorf, Joerg

Associate Professor of Cell Biology and of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests:Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy

  • Office:(203) 737-5704

Blumenfeld, Hal

Mark Loughridge and Michele Williams Professor of Neurology and Professor of Neurobiology and of Neurosurgery
Director, Yale Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center (CNIC)

Research Interests:Impaired consciousness in epilepsy; Epilepsy neuroimaging and electrophysiology

  • Appt:(203) 785-3865

Chun, Marvin M

Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI); attention; memory; decision making; executive control; perception

    De Camilli, Pietro

    John Klingenstein Professor of Neuroscience
    Director, Yale Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair

    Research Interests:Synapses; Membrane Traffic; Endocytosis; Clathrin; Dynamin; Phosphoinositides; Lipid Metabolism; Lowe Syndrome; Bar Proteins; Neurodegeneration; Membrane Contact Sites

    • Office:(203) 737-4461
    • Lab:(203) 737-4457

    DiLeone, Ralph Joseph

    Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Neurobiology

    Research Interests:Addictions; Animal Behavior; Ethology; Animal Nutrition; Diseases and Disorders; Drug Abuse; Eating Disorders; Etiology; Evolution; Genetic Manipulation; Natural History; Obesity; Psychiatry

    • Office:(203) 974-7684

    Hashimoto-Torii, Kazue

    Research Interests:Neuronal migration

      Higley, Michael J

      Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
      Primary Member, Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair (CNNR)
      Member, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

      Research Interests:Synaptic Integration; GABAergic Inhibition; Dendrites; Electrophysiology; Multiphoton Imaging

      • Lab:(203) 785-4302

      Koleske, Anthony J

      Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and of Neurobiology

      Research Interests:Neuronal morphogenesis and degeneration; Stress; Schizophrenia; Cell migration; Cancer; Metastasis; Adhesion receptors

      • Office:(203) 785-5624
      • Lab:(203) 785-5631

      Lee, Daeyeol

      Professor of Neurobiology and of Psychology

      Research Interests:Neural mechanisms of sequence learning and selection, decision making under uncertainty, inter-temporal choice, token & conditioned reinforcements; Reinforcement learning; Behavioral economics and game theory; Function of primate prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia; Coding and transmission of information in a population of neurons

        Levene, Michael J.

        Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Laboratory Medicine

          Mazer, Jamie

          Associate Professor of Neurobiology and of Psychology

          Research Interests:Vision; Attention; Cortex; Sensory processing; Coordinate systems; Neuroethology

            Nitabach, Michael N

            Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Genetics

            Research Interests:Neurophysiology; Molecular genetics; Systems Physiology; Animal Behavior

              Picciotto, Marina

              Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neurobiology and of Pharmacology
              Deputy Chair for Basic Science Research, Dept. of Psychiatry

              Research Interests:Neuroscience; Molecular basis of behavior; Intracellular signaling; Mouse genetic models

              • Office:(203) 737-2041

              Rakic, Pasko

              Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Neurology
              Department Chair, Neurobiology
              Director, Yale Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

              Research Interests:Central nervous system development

              • Office:(203) 785-4330

              Schwartz, Michael Bernard

              Clinical Instructor in Medicine

                Sestan, Nenad

                Professor of Neurobiology, of Genetics and of Psychiatry

                Research Interests:Evolution and development of neuronal circuits of the human cerebral cortex

                • Office:(203) 737-2190

                State, Matthew W.

                Professor (Adjunct) in the Child Study Center
                Co-Director, Yale Program on Neurogenetics

                Research Interests:Genetic mechanisms; neuropsychiatric disorders of childhood

                • Appt:(203) 737-4342

                Strittmatter, Stephen M

                Vincent Coates Professor of Neurology and Professor of Neurobiology
                Director, Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair
                Director, Memory Disorders Clinic

                Research Interests:Axon Guidance; Axon Regeneration; Spinal Cord Injury; Molecular Biology; Stroke; Neurodegenerative Disease; Alzheimer's Disease; Fronto-Temporal Dementia

                  Tomita, Susumu

                  Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

                  Research Interests:Synaptic transmission; Brain; Biochemistry; Molecular biology; Immunocytochemistry; Gene-targeted animals; Electrophysiology

                    Wang, Xiao-Jing

                    Visiting Professor

                    Research Interests:Neural circuit function in the brain

                      Zecevic, Dejan P

                      Senior Research Scientist in Cellular and Molecular Physiology

                      Research Interests:Physiology of axons, dendrites and dendritic spines; Input-output function of individual nerve cells; Voltage sensitive dyes; Optical recording methods

                        Zenisek, David

                        Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

                        Research Interests:Physiology and cell biology of the presynaptic terminal; Retinal Bipolar Neuron; Synaptic Terminal; Synaptic Ribbons; Vesicle Transport; Exocytosis; Endocytosis

                        • Office:(203) 785-6474