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:
Pietro De Camilli
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.
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.