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Faculty and Areas of Research

Mark Bear

Mark Bear

Modification of the Cerebral Cortex by Sensory Experience

Ed Boyden

Ed Boyden

Development of Neural Control Tools and Application to Brain Disorders

Martha Constantine-Paton

Martha Constantine-Paton

Activity-Dependent Development of Synaptic Connections

Michale fee

Michale Fee

How the Brain Learns and Generates Complex Sequential Behaviors

Guoping Feng

Guoping Feng

Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic and Circuitry Development and Psychiatric Disorders

Frank Gertler

Frank Gertler

Molecular Mechanisms Mediating Axonal Outgrowth and Brain Development

Ki Ann Goosens

Ki Ann Goosens

Brain Mechanisms that Underlie Fear, Anxiety and Stress

Ann Graybiel

Ann Graybiel

Neurophysiology of the Limbic System

Leonard Guarente

Leonard Guarente

Effects of SIRT1 on Neurodegenerative Diseases and Cognition

H. Robert Horvitz

H. Robert Horvitz

Genetics of Nervous System Development and Function in C. elegans

David Houseman

David Houseman

Pathology Mechanisms and Genetic Modifers in Huntington’s Disease

Richard Hynes

Richard Hynes

Biology of Cell Adhesion in Development and Disease

Rudolph Jaenisch

Rudolph Jaenisch

Epigenetic Control of Brain Development and Function

Alan Jasanoff

Alan Jasanoff

Non-Invasive Functional Imaging Methods to Study Neural Behavior

Myriam Heiman

Myriam Heiman

Molecular Basis of Selective Neurodegeneration

Dennis Kim

Dennis Kim

Neuronal Responses to Microbes in Caenorhabditis elegans

Yingxi Lin

Yingxi Lin

Development and Function of Inhibitory Circuits in the Brain

Susan Lindquist

Susan L. Lindquist

Correcting the Protein Misfolding that Drives Neurodegenerative Disease

J. Troy Littleton

J. Troy Littleton

Synapse Formation, Function and Plasticity in Drosophila

Elly Nedivi

Elly Nedivi

Characterization of Genes Involved in CNS Structural and Synaptic Plasticity

William Quinn

William Quinn

Genetic Analysis of Learning and Memory in Drosophila

Peter Reddien

Peter Reddien

Genetic Control of Nervous System Regeneration in Planarians

Hazel Sive

Hazel Sive

Brain Patterning and Morphogenesis in Zebrafish

Mriganka Sur

Mriganka Sur

Plasticity Mechanisms in the Developing and Adult Cerebral Cortex

Susumu Tonegawa

Susumu Tonegawa

Genetic Approaches to Learning and Memory Circuits in Mice

Li-Huei Tsai

Li-Huei Tsai

Mechanisms of Alzheimer’s Disease and Epigenetic Regulation of Learning & Memory

Kaye Tye

Kay Tye

Dissecting Neural Circuits Underlying Motivated Behaviors

Matthew Wilson

Matthew Wilson

Neuronal Plasticity, Ensemble Representations, Learning & Sleep

Weifang Xu

Weifeng Xu

Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Synaptic Plasticity in the Hippocampus

Feng Zhang

Feng Zhang

Optogenetic Approaches To Regulate Gene Function and Expression

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