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:
Professor of Neuroscience and of Psychology
Member, Kavli Institute of Neuroscience at Yale University
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...
Aging; Alzheimer Disease; Behavioral Sciences; Psychology, Child; Mental Health; Neurobiology; Neurosciences; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic; Prefrontal Cortex; Cognitive Science
Associate Professor of Cell Biology and of Biomedical Engineering
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.
Cell Nucleus; Microscopy, Fluorescence; Microscopy, Confocal; Cellular Structures
Mark Loughridge and Michele Williams Professor of Neurology and Professor of Neuroscience and of Neurosurgery
Director, Yale Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center (CNIC)
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.
Electrophysiology; Epilepsy; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Neurobiology; Neurology; Neurosurgery; Behavioral Research; Neuroimaging
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)
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...
Cells; Clathrin; Cell Biology; Endocytosis; Nervous System Diseases; Neurobiology; Neurosciences; Synapses; Organisms, Genetically Modified; Dynamins; Lipid Metabolism; Diseases
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Primary Member, Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair (CNNR)
Member, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience
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.
Autistic Disorder; Dendrites; Electrophysiology; Neurobiology; Schizophrenia; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Microscopy, Fluorescence, Multiphoton
Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
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...
Biochemistry; Biophysics; Molecular Biology; Morphogenesis; Schizophrenia; Stress, Physiological
Professor of Neuroscience and of Psychology
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...
Appetitive Behavior; Basal Ganglia; Behavior, Animal; Impulsive Behavior; Neurophysiology; Neurosciences; Parietal Lobe; Risk-Taking; Prefrontal Cortex