Michael C Crair, PhD

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

Research Interests

Neurosciences

Research Organizations

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Research Summary

In the brains of mammals, birds and invertebrates, the sensory world is organized into regular neuronal arrays or maps. Common examples are the map of body surface in somatosensory cortex (the so called "homunculus") and the representation of oriented bars or edges in visual cortex.

We are interested in understanding how genes ('nature') and the environment ('nurture') interact to guide the development of neuronal maps. Our research focuses on development of the visual and somatosensory systems. We employ a broad range of experimental techniques, including neuroanatomy, molecular biology and biochemistry, in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology as well as optical imaging.

This array of approaches allows us to examine neural circuit development from many perspectives, and provides synergistic impetus to our exploration of the cellular and molecular mechanisms for sensory map development.

Selected Publications

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Contact Info

Michael C Crair, PhD
Lab Location
Sterling Hall of Medicine, B-Wing
333 Cedar Street, Ste SHM B-301

New Haven, CT 06510
Office Location
Sterling Hall of Medicine, B-Wing
333 Cedar Street, Ste SHM B-301

New Haven, CT 06510
Mailing Address
Department of NeurobiologyPO Box 208001
333 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8001

Curriculum Vitae

The Crair Laboratory