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Areas of Research

The Yale Neuroscience Department aims to understand the fundamental mysteries of the nervous system, identify the neural underpinnings of psychiatric and neurological disorders, and develop novel diagnostic, treatment, and prevention approaches to improve human health. Our research explores the function of molecules and organelles, computation and communication by chemical and electrical signals, representation of the environment by neural circuits, and the generation of complex behaviors. We develop and apply a wide variety of experimental systems and approaches. Current interdisciplinary areas within the Department include neuronal cell biology, sensory processing, the development and function of the cerebral cortex, and neurodegeneration. We strive to facilitate connections between all aspects of neuroscience, including molecules/cells, circuits/systems, and disease/translation.

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
Liang Liang
Janghoo Lim
Pasko Rakic
Michael Schwartz
Nenad Sestan
Gordon Shepherd
Stephen Strittmatter
Susumu Tomita
Shaul Yogev