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:

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Amy Arnsten, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience and of Psychology

Member, Kavli Institute of Neuroscience at Yale University

Research Interests

Aging; Alzheimer Disease; Behavioral Sciences; Psychology, Child; Mental Health; Neurobiology; Neurosciences; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic; Prefrontal Cortex; Cognitive Science

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 in the UK, and with Dr. Patricia Goldman-Rakic at Yale. Dr. Arnsten's research examines the neural basis of higher cognition. Her work has revealed that the newly evolved cortical circuits that underlie higher cognition...

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Joerg Bewersdorf, PhD

Associate Professor of Cell Biology and of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

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

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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Hal Blumenfeld, MD, PhD

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

Director, Yale Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center (CNIC)

Research Interests

Electrophysiology; Epilepsy; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Neurobiology; Neurology; Neurosurgery; Behavioral Research; Neuroimaging

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 Chun, PhD

Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology and Professor of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Attention; Decision Making; Memory; Neurobiology; Perception; Psychiatry and Psychology

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Pietro De Camilli, MD

John Klingenstein Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Cell Biology

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Chair, Department of Neuroscience

Director, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience and Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair (CNNR)

Research Interests

Cells; Clathrin; Cell Biology; Endocytosis; Nervous System Diseases; Neurobiology; Neurosciences; Synapses; Organisms, Genetically Modified; Dynamins; Lipid Metabolism; Diseases

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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Ralph DiLeone, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Eating Disorders; Ethology; Neurobiology; Obesity; Psychiatry; Substance Abuse Detection; Natural History; Animal Nutrition Sciences

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Kazue Hashimoto-Torii, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

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Michael Higley, MD/PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

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

Member, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

Research Interests

Autistic Disorder; Dendrites; Electrophysiology; Neurobiology; Schizophrenia; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Microscopy, Fluorescence, Multiphoton

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 Neuroscience in 2010.

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Anthony Koleske, PhD

Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Research Interests

Biochemistry; Biophysics; Molecular Biology; Morphogenesis; Schizophrenia; Stress, Physiological

Anthony J. Koleske is an expert in understanding the biochemical mechanisms that control changes in cell shape and movement. After receiving a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Koleske performed his Ph.D. studies with Dr. Richard Young at the Whitehead Institute/Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For his Ph.D. thesis, Dr. Koleske discovered the RNA polymerase II holoenzyme, an important advancement in understanding how gene...

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Daeyeol Lee, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience and of Psychology

Research Interests

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

Daeyeol Lee is a professor of neuroscience 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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