Areas of Research

Cellular/Molecular/Developmental

Neurons perform highly complex and dynamic functions, are highly diverse, and are connected into precise networks that enable information processing. Researchers in the department seek to understand the biological mechanisms that enable neurons to function, differentiate, and wire together into networks.


Faculty specializing in this research area include:
Amy Arnsten
Sreeganga Chandra
Daniel Colón-Ramos
Michael Crair
Pietro De Camilli
Elena Gracheva
Junjie Guo
Marc Hammarlund
Michael Higley
Janghoo Lim
Pasko Rakic
Michael Schwartz
Nenad Sestan
Gordon Shepherd
Stephen Strittmatter
Susumu Tomita
Shaul Yogev


Disease/Injury

The nervous system is highly susceptible to developmental disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, and injuries. The goal of some of our researchers is to understand the genetic and cellular basis of these pathologies, and to identify intrinsic mechanisms and novel therapies that can restore normal function.


Faculty specializing in this research area include:
Amy Arnsten
Pietro De Camilli
Sreeganga Chandra
Marc Hammarlund
Janghoo Lim
Anirvan Nandy
Pasko Rakic
Stephen Strittmatter


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Systems/Circuits/Cognition

Systems of neurons working together form the basis of all nervous system function, from sensory perception to consciousness. Our researchers endeavor to understand how systems of neurons process and remember information and how information is organized in the brain.


Faculty specializing in this research area include:
Amy Arnsten
Charles Bruce
emptyJessica Cardin
Michael Crair
Michael Higley
Daeyeol Lee
Anirvan Nandy
Pasko Rakic
Michael Schwartz
Gordon Shepherd