Brian Rash, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Neuroscience


My interests in cerebral cortex development emerged from studies of axon guidance of the corpus callosum while a post-baccalaureate student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. This work turned into a masters thesis as I began doctoral studies at the University of Chicago in the field of telencephalic patterning. The formation of the mammalian brain is one of the most fascinating subjects in science and I decided to continue this line of research with post-doctoral studies of brain growth and cortical gyrification at Yale University. I developed a keen interest in how cortical stem cells operate during embryonic development, how they generate neurons, and how optogenetic tools and multiphoton imaging approaches can help us learn about them. Understanding how genetic and environmental factors can interfere with their normal function is key to the prevention of some types of cognitive neurodevelopmental disorders.

Education & Training

PhD University of Chicago (2007)
Associate Research Scientist Yale University
Post-Doctoral Fellow Yale University

Honors & Recognition

  • James Hudson Brown — Alexander Brown Coxe Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Medical SciencesYale University (2009)

  • Dissertation Prize for outstanding performance in the field of Neurobiology, University of Chicago.Committee on Neurobiology (2008)

  • NRSA T32 Fellowship, Child Study Center, Yale UniversityYale University (2007)

Professional Service

  • Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (2013 - 2014) Official Peer Reviewer

  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2012 - Present) Official Peer Reviewer

  • Cerebral Cortex (2012 - Present) Official Peer Reviewer

  • Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (2010 - 2011) Official Peer Reviewer


  • Columnar organization of calcium dynamic activity during cortical development Trondheim, Norway (2013 - 2013)

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