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Michael Crair, PhD

Vice Provost for Research and William Ziegler III Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Vice Provost for Research, Office of the Provost

Contact Information

Michael Crair, PhD

Lab Location

Office Location

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

Mailing Address

  • Yale University

    2 Whitney Avenue, Whitney Grove Square Building

    New Haven, CT 06510

    United States

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.

Specialized Terms: Neural circuit development; Synapse formation; Visual system development; Cortex development


Research Interests

Brain; Cerebral Cortex; Child Development; Nervous System; Synaptic Transmission; Neuronal Plasticity; Neurosciences; Visual Cortex

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Selected Publications