Chairman

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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)

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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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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Charles Bruce, PhD

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Cerebral Cortex; Neurobiology; Neurophysiology; Sensorimotor Cortex

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Jessica Cardin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Cerebral Cortex; Electrophysiology; Epilepsy; Interneurons; Neurobiology; Neurosciences; Schizophrenia

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Sreeganga Chandra, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology

Associate Professor of MCDB

Research Interests

Neurology; Neuronal Ceroid-Lipofuscinoses; Parkinson Disease; Synapses; Receptors, Presynaptic; Neurodegenerative Diseases

Sreeganga S. Chandra received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University. In her postdoctoral research, she pursued her interest in neuronal cell biology and neurodegeneration in the lab of Thomas C. Südhof at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology, Molecular Cellular and Developmental and in the Yale Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair.


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Daniel Colón-Ramos, PhD

Associate Professor of Cell Biology

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Behavior; Brain; Cell Biology; Neurons

Daniel Colón-Ramos was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He completed his B.A. at Harvard University, his PhD in the lab of Dr. Sally Kornbluth at Duke University and was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Kang Shen at Stanford University. The Colón-Ramos lab is interested in how synapses are precisely assembled to build the neuronal architecture that underlies behavior. To address this, they developed tools in the thermotaxis circuit of C. elegans. Their system enables unbiased genetic...

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Michael Crair, PhD

William Ziegler III Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Deputy Chair, Department of Neuroscience

Director, Graduate Studies in Neuroscience

Research Interests

Electrophysiology; Eye; Neurobiology; Neurophysiology; Neurosciences; Ophthalmology; Somatosensory Cortex; Synapses; Visual Cortex; Visual Pathways

Michael C. Crair is the William Ziegler III Professor and Deputy Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. From 1998 to 2006, Crair taught at Baylor College of Medicine, where he was also the co-director of the Medical Scientist (M.D./Ph.D.) Training Program. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned his A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, Crair was a postdoctoral researcher at Kyoto University and Kyoto Prefectural...

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Elena Gracheva, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Biological Phenomena; Cell Physiological Phenomena; Nervous System; Physiology, Comparative

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Marc Hammarlund, PhD

Associate Professor of Genetics

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Axons; Brain; Genetics; Neuronal Plasticity; Caenorhabditis elegans

Marc did his doctoral work with Erik Jorgensen, studying genetics and synaptic transmission. In his postdoc with Mike Bastiani he pioneered the study of axon regeneration in C. elegans and discovered the DLK regeneration pathway.


The Hammarlund lab develops novel ways to study the cell biology of neurons in vivo. We study how neurons prevent degeneration, repair injury, and maintain circuit function.

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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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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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Meenakshi Alreja, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience

Director, Minority Recruitment, Psychiatry Department

Director, Postdoctoral Affairs, Psychiatry Department

Research Interests

Acetylcholine; Electrophysiology; Glutamates; Interneurons; Memory; Neurobiology; Nicotine; Psychiatry; Puberty; Signal Transduction; Prefrontal Cortex; Kisspeptins

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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

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Steve Chang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology and of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Amygdala; Neuropharmacology; Neurophysiology; Social Behavior; Prefrontal Cortex; Psychiatry and Psychology

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Bo Chen

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Blindness; Neurobiology; Ophthalmology; Retinal Degeneration; Signal Transduction

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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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Kelly Cosgrove, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Alcoholism; Brain; Neurobiology; Nicotine; Radiology; Positron-Emission Tomography; Neuroimaging; alpha7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor; Diseases; Chemicals and Drugs; Psychiatry and Psychology

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Nihal DeLanerolle, DPhil, DSc

Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Brain; Epilepsy; Nervous System; Neurobiology; Neurosurgery; Seizures; Trauma, Nervous System

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Sabrina Diano, PhD

Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, of Comparative Medicine and of Neuroscience

Director, Reproductive Neurosciences Group

Research Interests

Endocrine System; Nervous System; Diseases

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Marcelo Dietrich, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Comparative Medicine and of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Alzheimer Disease; Animals; Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms; Mental Disorders; Hypothalamus; Mental Health; Nervous System; Neurobiology; Neurosciences; Obesity; Synapses

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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