Bruce E. Hetzler

Professor, Psychology, Lawrence University

Interests: neuropharmacology, effects of alcohol on the brain, computer analysis of brain waves

Rebecca Burwell

Professor, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, Brown University
Principal Investigator, Burwell Laboratory

Dr. Burwell's research focus is the neural bases of memory and attention especially the cognitive and behavioral functions of the parahippocampal region and the functional neuroanatomy of the parahippocampal region.

Kenneth A. De Jong

Professor Emeritus, Computer Science, George Mason University
Associate Director, Krasnow Institute
Director, Evolutionary Computation Lab

Dr. De Jong is one of the pioneers in evolutionary computation. He has been instrumental in unifying various evolutionary techniques like genetic algorithms, evolution strategies and evolutionary programming under one umbrella of evolutionary computation. He has been also instrumental in the research sub field of co-evolution in evolutionary computation

Steven Schiff

Director, Penn State Center for Neural Engineering
Brush Chair Professor, Engineering Science and Mechanics
Professor, Neurosurgery
Professor. Physics (Courtesy appointment)

Categories: Penn State Neuroscience, NIH BRAIN Researchers, Neural Engineering, Neuroethics people, Neuromodulation researchers, Mason Neuroscience Alumni

Research interests include neural engineering, neurosurgery, epilepsy, Parkinson's Disease, wave mechanics, brain machine interfaces, EEG, electrical fields, and control theory.

Jeffrey L. Krichmar

Professor, Department of Cognitive Science, University of California, Irvine
Principal Investigator, Cognitive Anteater Robotics Laboratory (CARL)

Dr. Kritchmar's research interests include neurorobotics, embodied cognition, biologically plausible models of learning and memory, and the effect of neural architecture on neural function. The Cognitive Anteater Robotics Laboratory (CARL) at the University of California, Irvine, we are designing robotic systems whose behaviors are guided by large-scale simulations of the mammalian brain.

Alex J. Carlisle

Chief Scientific Officer and Program Manager, Personalized Healthcare at Northrop Grumman Corporation Health Division
Formerly Director of Neuro-Oncology, George Mason University

Senior Scientific Advisor, Subject Matter Expert, Bio-Molecular Engineer, and Program Manager for Northrop Grumman's Health Division. Responsible for overseeing all research, product development, and personnel for Northrop Grumman's Personalized Healthcare Program.

Giorgio Ascoli

University Professor, Volgenau Bioengineering Department, George Mason University
Founding Director, Center for Neural Informatics, Structures, & Plasticity (CN3)
Director, Computational Neuroanatomy Group (CNG)

Founding Editor-in-Chief, Neuroinformatics

The main effort of Dr. Ascoli's lab is to connect the cellular organization of brain networks to cognitive functions such as learning and memory. His laboratory hosts and curates a central inventory of digitally reconstructed neurons in NeuroMorpho.Org and Hippocampome knowledge  base and has developed L-Neuron, a neuron modeling  tool. His  long-term scientific and philosophical goal consists in establishing a working model for the highest cognitive functions such as human consciousness.

Nathalia Peixoto

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Director, 
Neural Engineering Lab

Dr. Peixoto's research interests include implantable electrodes and systems, hybrid systems (cell cultures and electronics), control of assistive technology, bioMEMS (bio-micro-electro-mechanical systems), and experimental models of neuropathologies such as epilepsy and spreading depression.

Kim Avrama Blackwell

Professor, Molecular Neuroscience, George Mason University

Dr Blackwell investigate calcium dynamics and signaling pathways involved in long term memory storage.  One of the fundamental, unsolved questions in neuroscience is how different spatio-temporal patterns of input produce different memories and shape information processing.

She also investigates the role of dopamine in both normal reward learning and Parkinson's disease.  Her lab develops novel computer software and realistic neuronal models, as well as using electrophysiology to answer these questions.

Jane Flinn

Associate Professor, Psychology Department, George Mason University
Director, GMU Undergraduate Neuroscience Program
Director, Flinn Lab

Dr. Flinn’s research has emphasized the roles of zinc, copper and iron in learning and memory and also in macular degeneration. Her research currently focuses on two specific aspects of metals in behavior, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the extinction of learned fears.

Ted Dumas

Associate Professor, Molecular Neuroscience Department, Krasnow Institute
Principal Investigator, Physiological and Behavioral Neuroscience in Juveniles Lab (PBNJ)

Dr. Dumas research focuses on neural substrates of memory, neural and cognitive development, stress and behavioral control, real-time brain activity focus in a multidisciplinary setting.

Matthew S. Peterson

Associate Professor, Human Factors and Applied Cognition and the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience divisions, Department of Psychology, George Mason University
Director, GMU Psychology MA program

Dr. Peterson's research focus is on visual attention and related areas, such as eye movements, working memory, multitasking, and visual cognition. His research interests include: Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Visual attention, eye movements, working memory, attentional control, brain plasticity, and cognitive training.

Martin Wiener

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology, George Mason University
AAAS Fellow, Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering
Division of Information and Intelligent Systems Class of 2015

Dr. Wiener's research entailed neuroscientific investigations into the neural bases of time perception and rhythmic processing, where he utilized a number of techniques, including neurogenetics, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.

Paul So

Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy at George Mason University

Dr. So is a theoretical physicist specialized in dynamical systems analysis and its application to neuroscience. The overarching goal of his research is the application of these tools from dynamical systems and other physical insights from statistical physics to a better understanding on the mechanisms for information processing in the brain and on dynamical causes related to different pathological neural diseases such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.

Ernest Barreto

Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University

The main goal of Dr. Barreto's research is to understand and describe the complex dynamics in neural systems using techniques from dynamical systems theory. We are specifically interested in the emergence of collective behavior across the various scales of neuronal organization, from individual neurons to various functional ensembles.

John Robert Cressman

Assistant Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, and Krasnow Institute, George Mason University

Dr. Cressman's research has focused on investigating dynamical structures in driven systems with a specific interest in their role in the functions of the brain.

Transient but long-lived correlated dynamics underlie innumerable biological processes, from the lifecycle of an organism to conscious thought and social behavior. Transient dynamical structures are also the hallmark of a number of natural phenomena including tornados, hurricanes, gyres, and von Karman vortex streets.

Nadine Kabbani

Associate Professor, Molecular Neuroscience Department, Krasnow Institute of Advanced Studies
Director, GMU Program in Neuroethics

Dr. Kabbani's research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of nicotinic receptor drug actions in the brain and immune system.

Andrew H Peterson

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, George Mason University
Research Fellow, GMU Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy
Affiliate Faculty, GMU Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroethics
Affiliate Member, Rotman Institute of Philosophy

Dr. Peterson's research centers on bioethics and the philosophy of neuroscience, with specialization in the ethical treatment of individuals with disorders of consciousness.

Jo Handelsman, PhD – OSTP Associate Director for Science

Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Co-Chair of the Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience

Dr. Handelsman helps to advise President Obama on the implications of science for the Nation, ways in which science can inform U.S. policy, and on Federal efforts in support of scientific research. Prior to joining OSTP, Dr. Handelsman was an HHMI Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University.

Mark Steyvers, PhD – UC Irvine

Professor, Cognitive Sciences UC Irvine
Principal Investigator, Memory and Decision Laboratory

Dr. Steyvers research focuses on Wisdom of Crowds; Aggregating human judgments; Computational models of the mind; Machine Learning and Statistics; Memory and Decision Making.

Zhong-Lin Lu, PhD – Ohio State

Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Psychology
Director, Center for Brain and Cognitive Sciences at The Ohio State University

The goal of Lu's research program is to construct computational brain models for perception and cognition.

David Warren, PhD – Utah

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Utah
Director, Center for Neural Interfaces

Dr. Warren does research in the fundamental Properties of Micromagnetics for Peripheral and Central Nervous System. He also focuses on stimulation and reliable peripheral interfaces.

Lilianne R. Mujica-Parodi, PhD – Stony Brook

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering.Stony Brook
Appointments in Departments of Neurobiology and Behavior,Neurology, and Psychiatry
Director of the Laboratory for Computational Neurodiagnostics (LCNeuro)

Dr. Mujica-Parodi's Lab performs clinical research on the neurobiology of emotional arousal, and its effects on physiology and cognition.

Hava Siegelmann, PhD – UMass

Professor, Computer Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Director, Siegelmann Lab
Core Member, Neuroscience and Behavior Program
Hava Siegelmann's research focuses on the understanding of biologically inspired computational systems. In particular, she studies the computational and dynamical complexity of neural systems as well as genetic-networks.

Ken Paller, PhD – Northwestern

Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University
Director, Cognitive Neuroscience Program and the Training Program in the Neuroscience of Human Cognition
Fellow, Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center
Editor (memory section) of Neuropsychologia

My research focuses on understanding human memory functions and their implementation in the brain. Multiple techniques for measuring brain activity are combined using a Cognitive Neuroscience approach that respects the complexity of cognition as well as the detailed organization of the brain.

Kenneth Norman, Phd – Princeton

Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Principal Investigator, Computational Memory Lab

A major focus of Dr. Norman's research is characterizing how different subregions of the medial temporal lobes (in particular, the hippocampus and perirhinal cortex) contribute to recognition and recall, and how the contributions of these structures differ from one another. He is also interested in how accuracy and distortion in episodic memory arise from interactions between medial temporal structures and prefrontal cortex.

Ralph Greenspan, PhD – UCSD

Associate Director, Kavli Institute for Mind and Brain 
Professor, Neurobiology UCSD and Director, Center for Brain Activity Mapping
Co-Director, Cal-Brain

Dr. Greenspan was part of a team of six that proposed in 2012 a Brain Activity Map which morphed into the BRAIN Initiative. One of his main interests currently is to understand the role of network level activity in the nervous system and among the genes, motivated by a strong belief that the state of these networks is of major importance in determining behavior.

David Hamilton

PhD C, Neuroscience at George Mason University
Dissertation title: "Machine-readable Knowledge Management of Neuron Properties."

David said "Neuroscience is the most interesting and potentially useful field of study available to me at this stage in my career. I was trained as an electrical engineer, worked most of my life as a software engineer, but desire to learn how the brain works to glean useful architectural aspects for continued advancement in problem solving."

Michael Pritz

Affiliate: Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, Deparment of Bioengineering, George Mason University
Principal Investigator: Developmental Evolutionary Neurobiology Lab

Dr. Pritz's research investigates the development and evolution of vertebrate brains.   The present focus is on two areas: (1.) forebrain organization and development in a model vertebrate system and (2.) general principles that underlie the formation of brain nuclei. He also teaches a course on mammalian neurobiolgy.

Rubén Armañanzas

Research Assistant Professor, Center for Neural Informatics, Neural Structures, and Neural Plasticity of the Krasnow Institute at George Mason University.

Dr. Armañanzas research topics include machine learning, computational neuroscience, and neuroinformatics. In particular, applications within these topics are: knowledge discovery in digital neuronal reconstructions, automatic classification of neuronal types, complex neuromorphic networks, and unveiling key aspects of neuronal morphogenesis in the developing brain.

Sridevi Polavaram

Research Faculty & Software Engineer, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University.

Dr. Polavaram received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from George Mason University, she has been working for over a decade in the field of Computational Neuroanatomy and Neuroinformatics providing services in software engineering, data management, analytics,  visualization, and applied ontologies. Her current area of research investigates biologically meaningful morphological patterns derived from digitally reconstructed neuronal arbors representing the cellular diversity of the nervous system.

Ruchi Parekh

Manager, EM Connectome Annotation Team, Janelia Farm Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dr. Parekh's professional background is in neuroscience, epilepsy research, and neuroinformatics with a strong publication record.

Her professional aspirations are to facilitate open science collaborative efforts towards the common goal of understanding the brain.

Jacopo Annese, PhD – UCSD

Assistant Professor, UCSD School of Medicine
President/CEO, Institute for Brain and Society
Affiliate, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies

Dr. Annese's primary goal in the field of neuroscience is to conduct research that is open to public engagement and promotes the highest standards in data sharing and collaboration within the scientific community.

Michele Ferrante

Postdoctoral Scientist, Boston University
PhD in Neuroscience from George Mason University

Michele's research focus is on Whole-cell Electrophysiology, Biotechnology, Optogenetics, Neuropharmacology, and Computational Models. Michele employs Electrophysiology in brain slices - patch clamp and neuropharmacology.
implements biophysically realistic models of neurons.

Ping Li, PhD – Penn State

Professor of Psychology, Linguistics, & Information Sciences & Technology
Co-Director, Center for Brain, Behavior, and Cognition
Facult, Center for Language Science (CLS)

Dr. Li's research aims at understanding the relationships among language, brain, and culture. He investigates the computational and neural mechanisms underlying language acquisition and representation in both native and non-native speakers of Western languages.

Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal, PhD – Houston

Professor, Department of Electrical & Computing Engineering, University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering
Principal Investigator, Brain-Machine Interface Systems

Dr. Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal's vision is to innovate neural, prosthetic and rehabilitation engineering by developing non-invasive intuitive bi-directional brain-machine interface systems that harness user's intent from scalp EEG. We are also uncovering exciting applications in the arts and STEM training in K-12 education, as well as reverse engineering the brain while achieving reverse-translational benefits of co-robots.

Kit S. Lam, MD/PhD – UC Davis

Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, UC Davis
Professor, Hematology and Oncology, UC Davis
Director, Kit Lamb Lab

Dr. Lam is an expert in combinatorial chemistry, chemical biology, drug development, molecular imaging, nanotherapeutics and medical oncology. His laboratory is engaged in the development and application of combinatorial library methods for basic research and drug discovery.

Joshua Gold, PhD – Penn

Professor of Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine
Principal Investigator, Gold Lab
Chair, Neuroscience Graduate Group (NGG)
Co-Director, Computational Neuroscience Initiative

Dr. Gold's recent work has begun to identify how and where in the brain inference processes are implemented, particularly in the service of perceptual and reward-based decision-making.

Nitin Tandon, MD – UT Health

Associate Professor, The Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery
Principal Investigator, Neuroimaging & Electrophysiology Lab

Dr. Tandon has co-authored many studies, which have been published in NeuroImage, Journal of Neurosurgery, Clinical Neurosurgery and Human Brain Mapping. His current research studies include “The localization of eloquent cortex using functional imaging and using diffusion tensor imaging tractography” and “The electrophysiological characteristics of language regions.”

Steven Chase, PhD – CMU

Assistant Professor, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and Biomedical Engineering
Principal Investigator, Chase Lab

Dr. Chase uses brain-computer interfaces to study motor learning and skill acquisition. His work stands to provide a better understanding of how movement information is represented in networks of neurons in the brain and will inform the development of neural prosthetics.

Nian X. Sun, PhD – Northeastern

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliated Faculty, Bioengineering
Director, W.M. Keck Laboratory for Integrated Ferroics

Dr. Sun's research has been on integrated magnetics and multiferroics for sensing, memory, power, RF and microwave electronics. He has over 150 publications, and more than 20 patents and patent disclosures. One of their papers was selected as "the 10 most outstanding full papers in the past ten years (2001~2010) in Advanced Functional Materials".

Sydney Cash, MD/PhD – Mass General

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Assistant in Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator, Cortical Physiology Lab

Dr. Cash's lab's research is, broadly speaking, dedicated to trying to understand normal and abnormal brain activity, particularly oscillations, using multi-modal and multi-scalar approaches with long term goals of improving therapies for patients with epilepsy.

Richard Andersen, PhD – Caltech

James G. Boswell Professor of Neuroscience, California Institute of Technology

Dr. Andersen studies the neurobiological underpinnings of brain processes including the senses of sight, hearing, balance and touch, the neural mechanisms of action, and the development of neural prosthetics. He has trained 60 postdoctoral and doctoral students who now work in academia and industry; 35 currently hold tenure or tenure track faculty positions at major research universities throughout the world. He has published approximately 140 technical articles and edited two books.

Charles Liu, MD/PhD – USC

Professor of Neurological Surgery and Neurology, Keck School of Medicine
Director, USC Neurorestoration Center
Surgical Director, USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Dr. Liu also serves as associate chief medical officer and chair of neurosurgery and spine at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Medical Center. Dr. Liu has had a long-standing collaboration with scientists at the Caltech. His principal research interests relate to developing advanced treatment strategies for restoring function to the damaged nervous system through engineering and technology.

Amina Qutub, PhD – Rice

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Dept. of Bioengineering
Principal Investigator, Qutub Lab

Amina Qutub’s research at Rice University integrates biological systems theory and design to characterize hypoxic response signaling and neurovascular dynamics. Her basic and translational research has applications in leukemia and brain cancer therapy; treatments for brain ischemia and Alzheimer’s disease; and increased understanding of cellular and sub-cellular organization in vascular biology.

Behnaam Aazhang, PhD – Rice

J.S. Abercrombie Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University
Director, Rice Center for Neuroengineering
Founding Director, Center for Multimedia Communication

Dr. Aazhang focuses on communication theory, information theory, and their applications to wireless communication with a focus on the interplay of communication systems and networks; including network coding, user cooperation, spectrum sharing, and opportunistic access.

Charles Gilbert, MD/PhD – Rockefeller

Arthur and Janet Ross Professor, Laboratory of Neurobiology

Dr. Gilbert studies the mechanisms underlying visual perception, including the specific role of the brain’s primary visual cortex in analyzing visual images and in perceptual learning. To this end, his laboratory investigates the circuitry of the brain and how the interactions between groups of neurons contribute to perception, learning and memory.

Rajesh Menon, PhD – Utah

USTAR Assistant Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah
Associate Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah

Dr. Menon's research lies at the intersection of optics and nanotechnology, with special foci on extending the spatial resolution of optics to the nanoscale, and applications of optics in energy. In addition to gaining a deep understanding of the basic physics of the behavior of light and matter at the nanoscale, our research is driven by many exciting applications.

Aude Oliva, PhD – MIT

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Principal Investigator, Computation Perception & Cognition Lab

Dr. Oliva's research program is in the field of Computational Visual Cognition, a framework that strives to identify the substrates of complex visual recognition tasks and to develop models inspired by human perception and cognition. The natural visual environment is composed of three-dimensional objects, with textures, colors, and materials, embedded in an explicit spatial layout.

Monica Ramirez Basco, PhD – OSTP

Assistant Director for Neuroscience, Mental Health, and Broadening Participation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Dr. Basco is an internationally recognized expert in cognitive-behavioral therapy, a clinical psychologist, and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She is on the Psychology faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington, with a secondary appointment in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Her books include bestsellers Never Good Enough and The Bipolar Workbook.

David Kleinfeld, PhD – UCSD

Professor of Biophysics
Director, David Kleinfeld Laboratory

David Kleinfeld and his colleagues take biophysical and computational approaches to bridge phenomena at different levels in the brain, ranging from intracellular electrophysiology to multi-cellular recording to animal behavior. This provides an opportunity to discover algorithms and principles that underlie computations within nervous systems. In additional, they develop instrumentation and analysis procedures that facilitate the study of physiology.

William Newsome, PhD – Stanford

Director of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute and Professor of Neurobiology
HHMI scientist
Co-Chair, Advisory Committee to the NIH Director

Dr. Newsome's research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying visually based decision making and related issues in cognitive neuroscience. He seeks to understand how higher mammals acquire sensory information about the world, how that information is processed within the brain, and how behavioral responses to that information are organized.

Craig Forest, PhD – Ga. Tech

Associate Professor of Bioengineering and BioMedical Engineering, Georgia Tech
Principal Investigator, Precision Biosystems Laboratory
Facilitator for Invention Studio

Forest conducts research on miniaturized, high-throughput robotic instrumentation to advance neuroscience and genetic science, working at the intersection of bioMEMS, precision machine design, optics, and microfabrication. Prior to Georgia Tech, he was a research fellow in Genetics at Harvard Medical School.

Doris Ying Tsao, PhD – Caltech

Professor of biology and biological engineering at Caltech
Director, Tsao Lab

Doris Ying Tsao is a systems neuroscientist interested in the neural mechanisms underlying primate vision i.e. how visual objects are represented in the brain, and how these representations are used to guide behavior. She is investigating mechanisms at multiple stages in the visual hierarchy. Techniques we use include: electrophysiology, fMRI, electrical microstimulation, anatomical tracing, psychophysics, and mathematical modeling.

Bryan Roth, MD/PhD – UNC

Professor. Department of Pharmacology, University of North Carolina
Director, NIMH Psychoactive Drug Screening Program
Director, Roth Lab

Roth studies all aspects of GPCR structure and function ranging from the atomic-level analysis of ligand-receptor interactions to in vivo studies. Currently he is focused on members of the serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine; 5-HT) and opioid receptor families and their accessory proteins.

Fritjof Helmchen, PhD – Zurich

Professor, Departement of Neurophysiology, Zurich Brain Research Institute
Director, Laboratory of Neural Circuit Dynamics

Helmchen is characterizing the properties of individual neurons in vivo and investigate how synaptic inputs are integrated in their dendrites to eventually cause action potentials that are transmitted to target neurons. Using in vivo electrophysiology and 2-photon imaging we perform both intracellular recordings from individual neurons as well as optical measurements of population activity.

Larry Abbott, PhD – Columbia

William Bloor Professor of Neuroscience, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Member of BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group (NINDS council)

Dr. Abbott, trained as a physicist, joined Columbia in 2005 as co-director of the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. Using computational modeling and mathematical analysis, Dr. Abbott explores how single neurons respond to synaptic inputs, how neurons interact in neural circuits, and how large networks of neurons represent, store, and process information.

Cori Bargmann, PhD – Rockefeller

Torsten N. Wiesel Professor at Rockefeller University and head of the Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior
Co-chair of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) and At large member of the Multi-Council Working Group (WCWG) for the BRAIN Initiative

Cori Bargmann was awarded the Kavli Prizein 2012 and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences in 2013. Cori is known for her work on the behavior in the C. elegans, particularly olfaction in the worm.

Patrick Kanold, PhD – UMD

Associate Professor of Biology
Director, Kanold Lab

Dr. Kanold studies the development and plasticity of the brain, in particular how periods of learning and plasticity are initiated and controlled. His work focuses on the development of the central auditory and visual system in particular on the role of early cortical circuits in brain wiring. He uses advanced neurophysiological, in vivo imaging, optogenetic, molecular and computational techniques.

Elly Nedivi, PhD – MIT

Professor of Brain & Cognitive Sciences and Biology, MIT Neuroscience
Principal Investigator, Nedivi Lab

The Nedivi lab, part of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, studies the cellular mechanisms that underlie activity-dependent plasticity in the developing and adult brain through studies of neuronal structural dynamics, identification of the participating genes, and characterization of the proteins they encode.

Chris Xu, PhD – Cornell

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dept. of Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University
Director, Xu Research Group

Xu's research has two main thrusts: biomedical imaging and fiber optics. He is exploring new concepts and techniques for in vivo imaging deep into scattering biological specimens, such as mouse brain; developing new medical endoscopes for non-invasive real-time diagnostics of tissues without any exogenous contrast agent and novel optical fibers and fiber-based devices for biomedical imaging and optical communications.

Emery Brown, MD, PhD – MIT

Professor of Computational Neuroscience and Health Sciences and Technology, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology
At large member of the Multi-Council Working Group

Brown's lab is using a systems neuroscience approach to study how the state of general anesthesia is induced and maintained. To do so, the lab is using fMRI, EEG, neurophysiological recordings, microdialysis methods and mathematical modeling.

David Anderson, PhD – Caltech

Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director

Dr. Anderson's lab focus is on understanding how emotional behavior is encoded in the brain, at the level of specific neuronal circuits, and the specific neuronal subtypes that comprise them. The lab seeks to understand the structure and dynamic properties of these circuits and how they give rise to the outward behavioral expressions of emotions such as fear, anxiety or anger.

Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD – Stanford

Deisseroth focuses on developing molecular and cellular tools to observe, perturb, and re-engineer brain circuits. His laboratory is based in the James H. Clark Center at Stanford and employs a range of techniques including neural stem cell and tissue engineering methods, electrophysiology, molecular biology, neural activity imaging, animal behavior, and computational neural network modeling. Also a clinician in the psychiatry department, Dr. Deisseroth employs novel electromagnetic brain stimulation techniques in human patients for therapeutic purpose

John P. Donoghue, PhD – Brown

Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Engineering, Brown University
Director of Brown Institute for Brain Science (BOBS)
Member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director

The Brown Institute for Brain Science brings together more than 100 faculty members spanning life and physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, humanities, and medicine. BIBS fosters interdisciplinary research around three themes: Fundamental Discovery, Brain Health, and Neurotechnology.

Peter R. MacLeish, PhD – Morehouse

Chair and Professor of Neurobiology and Director, Neuroscience Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
Member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director

Dr. MacLeish maintains an active research program at the Morehouse School of Medicine on how electrical signals are processed in rod and cone photoreceptors and on the molecular determination of cone photoreceptors.

Eve Marder, PhD – Brandeis

Professor of Neuroscienc, Brandeis University
Member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director

Marder studies the dynamics of small neuronal networks, and her work was instrumental in demonstrating that neuronal circuits are not “hard-wired” but can be reconfigured by neuromodulatory neurons and substances to produce a variety of outputs. Her lab pioneered studies of homeostatic regulation of intrinsic membrane properties, and stimulated work on the mechanisms by which brains remain stable while allowing for change during development and learning.

Joshua R Sanes, PhD – Harvard

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Director, Sanes Lab and Center for Brain Science

Key questions that Joshua Sanes is exploring is how are complex neural circuits assembled in young animals and how do they process information in adults? To understand how these circuits form, we mark retinal cell types transgenically, map their connections, seek recognition molecules that mediate their connectivity, use genetic methods to manipulate these molecules, and assess the structural and functional consequences of removing or swapping them.

Richard A. Normann, PhD – Utah

Emeritus Professor of Bioengineering, University of Utah and Director, Center for Neural Interfaces
Member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director

Dr. Normann works on neuroprosthetics, vision neurophysiology. Work is ongoing in applied and basic studies of the central nervous system. Key in this work is the development of three dimensional, silicon based electrode arrays to be used to stimulate or record from the neurons of the central nervous system.

Mark J Schnitzer, PhD – Stanford

Associate Professor of Biology and Applied Physics, Stanford
HHMI Investigator
Principal Investigator, Schnizer Group

Dr. Schnitzer has longstanding interests in neural circuit dynamics and optical imaging focusing on: the development and application of fiber-optic, micro-optic, and nanophotonic imaging techniques for studies of learning and memory; in vivo fluorescence imaging and behavioral studies of hippocampal-dependent cognition and learning; and development of high-throughput, massively parallel imaging techniques for studying brain function in Drosophila.

Terrence J. Sejnowski, PhD – UCSD/Salk

Professor of Biological Sciences at UCSD and Head ofComputational Neurobiology Laboratory (CNL) at Salk Institute
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director

Sejnowski is interested in the hippocampus and the cerebral cortex, which holds our knowledge of the world and how to interact with it. Sejnowski's team uses sophisticated electrical and chemical monitoring techniques to measure changes that occur in the connections among nerve cells in the hippocampus during a simple form of learning.

David Tank, PhD – Princeton

Henry L. Hillman professor of neuroscience and molecular biology; Co-Director of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute; and Director, Bezos Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics
At large Member of Multi-Council Working Group

Dr Tank's research interests include the measurement, analysis, and modeling of neural circuit dynamics. More recently, his work has focused on the mechanisms of persistent neural activity and the development and application of rodent virtual reality systems combined with optical imaging and electrophysiology to study neural circuit dynamics during navigation.

Roger Y. Tsien, PhD – UCSD

Professor of Pharmacology and Chemistry/Biochemistry, UC San Diego
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director

Roger Tsien's lab studies signal transduction, especially in neurons and cancer cells, with the help of designed molecules, imaging, and photochemical manipulation. The overall goal of his lab is to gain a better understanding of signaling inside individual living cells, in neuronal networks, and in tumors. We design, synthesize, and use new molecules that detect or manipulate biochemical signals.

Kamil Ugurbil, PhD – Minnesota

Professor of Medicine, Neurosciences and Radiology and Director, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR)
Member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director

Within the CMRR, Dr. Ugurbil and his team have built a center with unique instrumentation and expertise that allows scientists to examine living tissues in great detail. Using noninvasive, high-powered magnetic scans, they can view the inside of human and nonhuman animal bodies. Ugurbil and his colleagues have helped lead the Human Connectome Project

John Wingfield, PhD – UC Davis

Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at UCDavis and former head of NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences
Ex Officio member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director

Dr. Wingfield is particularly interested in how animals perceive the environment (and what cues they use to time the stages of the life cycle), the neural pathways by which those signals are transduced into neuroendocrine and endocrine secretions, and the mechanisms by which these hormones regulate morphology, physiology and behavior.

Henry T. Greely, JD – Stanford

Professor of Law, Stanford University
Director, Center for Law and the Biosciences
Director, Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society
At large member, BRAIN Initiative Multi-Council Working Group

Henry Greely specializes in the ethical, legal, and social implications of new biomedical technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience, genetics, or stem cell research.

James Eberwine, PhD – Penn Med

Elmer Holmes Bobst Professor of Pharmacology and Co-Director of the PENN Genome Frontiers Institute
Member of BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group (NIAAA council)

Dr. Eberwine is a molecular neurobiologist whose research efforts focus on understanding the functioning of individual neurons and subregions of neurons, called dendrites, by using molecular biological tools. He has developed various analytical procedures that permit characterization of the mRNA and protein complement of single cells.

Bin He, PhD – University of Minnesota

Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Chair for Engineering in Medicine; Director, Institute for Engineering in Medicine; and Director, Center for Neuroengineering
Member of Multi-Council Working Group (NCCAM council)

Dr. Bin He's major research interests are in the field of neuroengineering and biomedical imaging. Together with his co-workers, he has made significant contributions to the development of electrophysiological functional imaging, multimodal imaging, cardiac electric imaging, and neuroengineering.

Bradley Hyman, MD, PhD – Mass General

Director, Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Research Center & Co-Director, MGH Memory Disorders Unit & Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Member of Multi-Council Working Group (NIA council)

Brad Hyman studies the anatomical and molecular basis of dementia in Alzheimer’s disease, and Dementia with Lewy Bodies. His research includes a collaborative of several labs working on different aspects of neurodegenerative disease and dementia.

Frances E. Jensen, MD – Penn Medicine

Chair, Department of Neurology and Professor of Neurology at University of Pennsylvania
Member of Multi-Council Working Group (NCCAM council)

The primary focus of my research is to investigate pathophysiological mechanisms of epilepsy and stroke, and secondary effects on synaptic plasticity. A secondary goal is to elucidate age-dependent differences in such mechanisms, and to examine the interactions between brain development, excitotoxic brain injury, epilepsy and cognition.

Bruce Robert Rosen, MD, PhD – Mass General

Professor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School and Director, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
Member of Multi-Council Working Group (NIBIB council)

Dr. Rosens's research for the past thirty years has focused on the development and application of physiological and functional nuclear magnetic resonance techniques, as well as new approaches to combine functional MRI data with information from other modalities such as positron emission tomography (PET), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and noninvasive optical imaging.

Robert Shannon, PhD – USC

Research Professor, USC Otolaryngology and USC Biomedical Engineering and Adjunct Professor, USC Neuroscience
Member of Multi-Council Working Group (NIDCD council)

Dr. Shannon's research has focused primarily on prosthetic electrical stimulation to restore hearing: cochlear implants, brainstem implants and midbrain implants. His research programs range from the biophysics and psychophysics of electrical stimulation of the auditory system, to speech pattern recognition and the design of signal processing for prosthetic devices.

Rafael Yuste, MD, PhD – Columbia

Professor, Biological Sciences and Neuroscience and Co-Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia University
Member, Multi-Council Working Group (BRAIN Initiative)
Member, Advisory Committee to the Director (NIH)

Dr. Yuste has pioneered the application of imaging techniques, such as calcium imaging of neuronal circuits, two-photon imaging, photostimulation using caged compounds and holographic spatial light modulation microscopy.

Justin Sanchez, PhD – DARPA

DARPA program manager exploring neurotechnology, brain science and systems neurobiology, formerly Director of the Neuroprosthetics Research Group at Miami
Ex Officio Member of Multi-Council Working Group

Dr. Sanchez has developed new methods for signal analysis and processing techniques for studying the unknown aspects of neural coding and functional neurophysiology. His experience covers in vivo electrophysiology for brain-machine interface design in animals and humans.

Kip Ludwig

Program Director, Neural Engineering at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Staff,
Multi-Council Working Group 

Dr. Ludwig is the Scientific Lead for the Translational Devices Program at NINDS, is a Co-Lead of the Project Team responsible for developing and executing three of the six NIH Funding Opportunities Announcements for the B.R.A.I.N. Initiative, and led a trans-NIH planning team in developing the ~$250M Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) Program to stimulate advances in neuromodulation therapies for organ systems.

Edmund Talley, PhD – NINDS

Program Director, Extramural Research Program for National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Multi-Council Working Group (Staff)

Dr. Talley was a Research Assistant Professor at UVA and initiated investigations into the CNS functions of two-pore-domain potassium channels, with an emphasis on their modulation by neurotransmitters and clinically important drugs. His work on these channels included extensive mapping of their CNS expression patterns, identification of molecular bases for their modulation using mutational and biochemical analyses, and investigations into their functions in vivo by generating knockout mouse lines.

Ray Kurzweil: Get ready for hybrid thinking

"Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become.

Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud."

Could future devices read images from our brains?

"As an expert on cutting-edge digital displays, Mary Lou Jepsen studies how to show our most creative ideas on screens. And as a brain surgery patient herself, she is driven to know more about the neural activity that underlies invention, creativity, thought. She meshes these two passions in a rather mind-blowing talk on two cutting-edge brain studies that might point to a new frontier in understanding how (and what) we think."

Filmed March 2013 at TED 2013
Uploaded to YouTube on March 3, 2013 by TED

Serge Picaud, PhD – Vision Institute

Head of the Department of Visual Information Processing
Vision Institute, Pierre and Marie Curie University

The goal of Serge Picaud's three-dimensional holography research is to enable Neuroscientists to manipulate neural circuits in order to discover how patterns of activity relate to sensation, perception and cognition. This capability is essential for discovering how communication between neurons gives rise to healthy brain function. These insights will improve our ability to identify effective targets and methods for treating neurological diseases and disorders.

John Maunsell, PhD – Chicago

Professor, Department of Neurobiology
Director, Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior

Maunsell's research is aimed at understanding how neuronal signals in visual cerebral cortex generate perceptions and guide behavior. Our approach is to record from individual neurons in trained, behaving monkeys and mice while they perform visual tasks. Another line of research has been exploring the more general question of how the activity of given neurons contributes to specific visual behaviors.

Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD – DARPA

Director, Biological Technologies Office, DARPA
Ex Officio member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director

Drl Ling's Revolutionizing Prosthetics program developed advanced arm prostheses controlled either non-invasively or directly by a user’s brain. His Preventing Violent Explosive Neuro Trauma program developed new understanding and treatment of blast-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI). He has spent his career providing critical care to patients suffering from neurological trauma (TBI).

Joseph R. Ecker, PHD – Salk

Professor Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Investigator
Salk International Council Chair in Genetics
Director, Ecker Lab

Ecker is one of the nation's leading authorities on the molecular biology and genetics of plants. He is interested in understanding the roles of genetic and 'epigenetic' processes in cell growth and development thereby understanding the complexity of gene regulatory processes that underlie development and disease in plants and humans.

Sacha Nelson, MD, PhD – Brandeis

Professor of Biology, Brandeis University
Director, Nelson Lab

Sacha Nelson's research focuses on understanding the cell types and circuits that comprise the mammalian neocortex, and how these circuits are altered by normal experience and during disease. His work employs a combination of electrophysiology, anatomy and mouse genetics and genomics to define cortical cell types and to identify alterations in cortical connectivity in epilepsy and autism spectrum disorders.

Nenad Sestan, MD/PhD – Yale

Professor of Neurobiology, of Genetics and of Psychiatry, Yale University
Director, Sestan Lab

Research Interests- the evolution and development of neuronal circuits of the human cerebral cortex. Research in the Sestan Lab investigates how neurons acquire distinct identities and form precise connections in the developing cerebral cortex, a part of the brain involved in a variety of higher cognitive, emotional, sensory, and motor functions. The Lab also studies how these developmental processes have changed during evolution and in human disorders.

Massimo Scanziani, PhD – UCSD

Professor, Neurobioloby section
Director, Scanziani Lab

The goal of Scanziani's research is to understand the circuits controlling the spatial and temporal structure of cortical activity. Towards this goal his lab uses in vivo and in vitro electrophysiological, imaging and anatomical approaches. Model systems are the rodent’s somatosensory cortex and hippocampus. His lab focuses on the role played by elementary cortical circuits resulting from the interaction between excitatory and inhibitory neurons.

Albert Baldwin Goodell – Gray Matter Research

Principal Investigator: Gray Matter Research

Goodell and his company GrayMatter Research focuses on Microdrive Systems and Recording Chamber Systems. For the BRAIN Initiative, Goodell and his colleagues aim to develop optrodes, which are implantable columns of lights and wires for simultaneous electrical recording of neurons and delivery of light flashes to multiple brain areas.

Lihong Wang, PhD – Washington U

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University
Director, Optical Imaging Laboratory

His lab reported the first functional photoacoustic tomography, 3D photoacoustic microscopy (PAM), optical-resolution PAM, photoacoustic Doppler effect, photoacoustic reporter gene imaging, microwave-induced thermoacoustic tomography, the universal photoacoustic reconstruction algorithm, frequency-swept ultrasound-modulated optical tomography, time-reversed ultrasonically encoded (TRUE) optical focusing, sonoluminescence tomography, Mueller-matrix optical coherence tomography, and optical coherence computed tomography.

Euisik Yoon, PhD – Michigan

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
Principal Investigator, Yoon Lab

Yoon's research group realizes self-contained microsystems that combine and process natural signals (such as bio, chemical, optical and thermal signals) as well as electrical signals on a single chip platform by integrating new MEMS/nano structures with low-power, wireless VLSI circuits and systems.

Tim Gardner, PhD – BU

Assistant Professor of Biology in Boston University Department of Biology
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Principal Investigator, Gardner Lab

Gardner studies the mechanisms of temporal sequence perception and production, focusing on vocal learning in songbirds.The song circuit produces stereotyped structure over a range of time-scales from milliseconds to tens of seconds. He also develops minimally invasive electrodes that provide stable neural recordings in behaving animals.

Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, PhD – WVU

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology
Director, Brefczynski-Lewis Lab

Brefczynski-Lewis studies how we perceive people we love and people we don’t like, both famous and political, and how training in compassion can affect those perceptions. She is examining the neural and physiological correlates of the liked and disliked persons and how these change after training in compassion. Grudge forgiveness study: fMRI response to the face of the grudge person, as well as cardio and reactive measures will be tested before and after the intervention.

Michael Garwood, PhD – Minnesota

Professor, University of Minnesota
Center for Magnetic Resonance Research

Garwood focus has been on developing cutting-edge MRI and MR spectroscopy techniques and on exploiting them in studies of tissue function, metabolism, and microstructure. An emphasis has been on identifying and validating quantitative metrics to assess normal and disease states non-invasively with imaging, and on applying them to learn about metabolism, hemodynamics, and tissue micro-environment.

Sarah Stanley, PhD – Rockefeller

Senior Research Associate , Rockefeller University and Laboratory of Molecular Genetics

The technology Stanley is developing would enable researchers to manipulate the activity of neurons, as well as other cell types, in freely moving animals in order to better understand what these cells do. Staley's new nanoparticle-based technique has a unique combination of features that may enable new types of experimentation.

John L. R. Rubenstein, MD/PhD – UCSF

Professor of Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry, UC San Francisco
Director, Rubenstein Lab

Rubenstein's research focuses on the regulatory genes that orchestrate development of the forebrain. His lab has demonstrated the role of specific genes in regulating neuronal specification, differentiation, migration and axon growth during embryonic development and on through adult life. His work may help to explain some of the mechanisms underlying human neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.

X. William Yang, MD/PhD – UCLA

Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UC Los Angeles
Director, X. William Yang Research Group

Yang is interested in using the mouse molecular genetic approach to study the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases. One recurring theme in neurodegenerative diseases is that a widely expressed mutant protein can cause highly selective degeneration of a subset of neurons. The pathogenesis of such selective neurodegeneration remains unclear. Currently, we are focusing on Huntington's disease (HD) to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the disease

Arnold Kriegstein, MD/PhD – UCSF

Director, Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research, UC San Francisco
Department of Neurology

Kriegstein's research in our lab focuses on the way in which neural stem and progenitor cells produce neurons, and ways in which this information can be used for cell based therapies to treat diseases of the nervous system. He has found that radial glial cells, long thought to simply guide nerve cells during migration, are neuronal stem cells in the developing brain.

Kendall H Lee, MD/PhD – Mayo

Professor of Neurosurgery and Physiology

The research interests of Kendall H. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., are to develop deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, tremor, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and epilepsy. Dr. Lee is fascinated with the possibility of combining sophisticated electrophysiological recordings with miniaturized analytical elements (microprocessors) to augment or repair disrupted function of the brain.

Ivan Soltesz, PhD – UC Irvine

Professor & Chair: Anatomy & Neurobiology, Physiology & Biophysics, and Neurobiology & Behavior
Director, Soltesz Lab

Research Focus: Working to understand: traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic epilepsy, fever-induced (Febrile) seizures in childhood, learning and memory deficits.

Scientific Focus: functions, development and plasticity of hippocampal interneuronal networks. Physiological basis of hyperexcitability. Mechanisms of selective neuronal vulnerability.

Richard Kramer, PhD – Berkeley

Associate Professor of Neurobiology, UC Berkeley
Director, Kramer Lab

Kramer uses a combination of optical, electrophysiological, and molecular methods to study ion channels, the proteins that generate electrical signals, and synaptic transmission, the process that allows a neuron to communicate chemically with other cells. Many of our most recent studies utilize novel chemical reagents, designed to manipulate or monitor the function of ion channels and synapses. Current Project: Optical studies of synaptic transmission in the retina.

Loren M Frank, PhD – UCSF

Core Faculty, Program in Biological Sciences, UCSF Physiology Department
Director: Frank Laboratory

Frank's research interests center around learning and spatial coding in the hippocampal-cortical circuit. Frank is interested in understanding the neural correlates of learning and memory. In particular, his laboratory focuses on the circuitry of the hippocampus and adjacent regions. His goal is to examine the relationships among neural firing patterns, behavior, and anatomy to understand how the brain uses and stores information.

Daniel H Geschwind, MD/PhD – UCLA

Professor of Human Genetics and of Neurology and Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine
Director, Neurogenetics Program and the Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)
Co-director, UCLA Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics
Director, Geschwind Lab

Geschwind lleverages genetics and genomics to understand neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative disease mechanisms developing new treatments for these disorders. Dr. Geschwind also fosters large-scale collaborative patient resources for genetic research and data sharing.

John Yu-Luen Lin, PhD – UCSD

Research Scientist, Tsien Lab, UC San Diego

Lin's current research interests include developing new molecular techniques to map activities of neurons, manipulating the strength of communication between neurons and disrupting intracellular signaling. These new techniques can be used to understand how neurons encode and store information, with potential implications for ameliorating Alzheimer’s disease, addiction, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegeneration.

Hongkui Zeng, PhD – Allen Institute

Senior Director, Research Science
Allen Institute Research and Development

Zeng explores novel technologies and develop high-throughput paradigms for generating large-scale, public datasets and tools to fuel neuroscience discovery. Zeng has broad scientific experience and a keen interest in using a combined molecular, genetic and physiological approach to unravel mechanisms of brain circuitry and potential approaches for treating brain diseases.

Dmitry Rinsberg, PhD – NYU

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience & Physiology
NYU Neuroscience Institute
Principal Investigator: Rinsberg Lab

Rinsberg's research uses electrophysiology, optogenetics, and psychophysics to understand the principles of the sensory information processing. Specifically we are focused on two questions: 1) how is odor information coded in the brain of the awake, behaving mouse? And 2) how is information relevant to animal behavior extracted by the brain? In short, we want to know what the mouse’s nose tells its brain.

Lin Tian, PhD – UC Davis

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Director, Tian Lab

The goal of Tian's research is to invent new molecular tools for analyzing and engineering functional neural circuits. We also leverage these tools, combined with optical imaging techniques, to study molecular mechanisms of neurological disorders at system level and to empower searching for novel therapeutic treatments.

Kevin J. Staley, MD – Harvard Med

Professor of Child Neurology and Mental Retardation, Harvard Medical School
Unit Chief, Pediatric Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Research Lab

Staley focuses on neuronal ion transport and the spread of activity in neural networks. Research interests include epilepsy, synaptic physiology, and neural network activity. Research techniques used: single cell electrophysiology, in vivo radiotelemetry, ion-sensitive fluorescent imaging of ion transport and neural network activity, computer modeling.

Vincent Allen Pieribone, PhD – Yale

Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Neurobiology, Yale University
Fellow, John B. Pierce Laboratory

Dr Pieribone is developing genetically encoded fluorescent probes of membrane electrical potential. These probes allow one to use optical instruments (microscopes) to monitor the electrical activity of neurons. He has also engineered miniature imaging systems that can be head mounted on mammels and allow mobile recording of neuronal activity.

Dean Foster Wong, MD/PhD – JHU

Professor, Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Radiology and Radiological Science
Radiology Vice Chair, Research Administration and Training
Director Section of High Resolution Brain PET Imaging, Division of Nuclear Medicine

Dr. Wong has used PET scanning to uncover key insights into brain chemistry and to identify receptors for the major neurotransmitters. He oversaw the first dopamine PET receptor imaging in human beings; led the first study suggesting D2 dopamine receptors in schizophrenia, and how dopamine is transported in and out of cells.

Pavel Osten, MD, PhD – CSHL

Associate Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Osten Lab

To understand what’s going wrong in illnesses like autism and schizophrenia, we need to know more about how neural circuits are connected in the healthy brain. We’ve developed advanced imaging methods to draw the first whole-brain activation map in the mouse. Now we’re applying that technology to study changes in brain activity in mice whose behavior models human autism and schizophrenia.

Florian Engert, PhD – Harvard

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University
Director, Engert Lab

The general goal of my research is the development of the larval zebrafish as a model system for the comprehensive identification and examination of neural circuits controlling visually induced behaviors. My lab plans to establish and quantify a series of visually induced behaviours and analyze the individual resulting motor components. Using these assays we will monitor neuronal activity throughout the fish brain in an awake and intact preparation.

Changhuei Yang, PhD – Caltech

Professor of Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering and Medical Engineering
Director, Biophotonics Lab

Professor Yang's research efforts are in the areas of novel microscopy development and time-reversal based optical focusing. Prof. Yang's group is developing a number of technologies aimed at transforming the conventional microscope into high throughput, automated and cost-effective formats. Prof. Yang's group is working on the use of 'time-reversal' techniques to undo the effect of tissue light scattering.

Michael Roukes, PhD – CalTech

Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Bioengineering, CalTech Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Director, Roukes Group

Roukes research activities are currently focused on developing advanced nanodevices, engineering them into complex systems, and using them to enable fundamental problems in neuroscience and proteomics. A continuing thread in theoretical and experimental investigations focuses on fundamental properties of nanomechanical systems.

Allen Song, PhD – Duke

Professor of Radiology, Neurobiology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Biomedical Engineering
Director, Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center

Allen Song's research interests focus on the acquisition methodology, processing strategies and contrast mechanism for functional MRI. Additional interests include the application of innovative fMRI acqusition and analysis methods to study functional neuroanatomy.

Oliver Hobert, PhD – Columbia

Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Columbia Neuroscience; HHMI Investigator
Director, Hobert Lab

Oliver Hobert studies molecular mechanisms that control the generation of the enormous diversity of cell types in the nervous system. Using Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system, his lab decodes genomic cis-regulatory information of gene batteries expressed in specific neuronal cell types and identifies trans-acting factors that act at various stages of neuronal development to impose specific terminal differentiation programs onto individual neuron types.

Michael Dickinson, PhD – Caltech

Zarem Professor of Bioengineering, Caltech Neuroscience
Director, Dickinson Lab

The aim of Dickinson's research is to elucidate the means by which flies accomplish their aerodynamic feats. A rigorous mechanistic description of flight requires an integration of biology, engineering, fluid mechanics, and control theory. The long term goal, however, is not simply to understand the material basis of insect flight, but to develop its study into a model that can provide insight to the behavior and robustness of complex systems in general.

Gregory Hannon, PhD – CSHL

Professor at Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory & HHMI Investigator
Principal Investigator, Hannon Lab

Greg Hannon explores the processes that cells use to turn genes on and off. My work is focused on understanding a relatively new class of cellular pathways, governed by molecules known as small RNAs, that control gene activation and repression. Our studies of small-RNA biology in early development provide insights into human evolution, diversity, and diseases such as cancer.

John J. Ngai, PhD – Berkeley

Professor of Neurobiology, Coates Family Professor of Neuroscience, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
Director, QB3 Functional Genomics Laboratory

My focus is understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the function, development and regeneration of the vertebrate olfactory system. My lab uses a wide range of experimental tools and model systems, including molecular biology, genomics, computational biology and behavior to study these processes using the mouse and zebrafish as model systems.

Eric Betzig, PhD – Janelia

Physicist and neuroscientist based at the Janelia Research Campus. Awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for "the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy".

Eric Betzig develops novel optical imaging tools in an effort to open new windows into molecular, cellular, and neurobiology. Betzig is focusing on improvements in five areas: Spatial Resolution, Temporal Resolution, Labeling Technology, Deep-Tissue Imaging, and Noninvasive, Data-Rich Imaging.

Sebastian Seung, PhD – Princeton

Professor, Computer Science Department and Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Principal Investigator, Seung Lab

Seung is a multi-disciplinary expert whose research efforts have spanned the fields of neuroscience, artificial intelligence. physics and bioinformatics. His TED talk “I am my connectome” has been viewed more than 750,000 times. His book Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are is considered by some as “the best lay book on brain science I’ve ever read.” Seung is also the organizer of the Citizens Science project/game called EyeWire.

Alan Jasanoff, PhD – MIT

Associate Professor of Biological Engineering with appointments in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT Neuroscience
Associate member of the McGovern Institute
Principal Investigator, Jasanoff Lab

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has revolutionized our understanding of the human brain, but the method is now approaching the limit of its capabilities. Alan Jasanoff hopes to break through this limit and to develop new technologies for imaging the molecular and cellular phenomena that underlie brain function.

Robert Desimone, PhD – MIT

Doris and Don Berkey Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director, McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Robert Desimone studies the brain mechanisms that allow us to focus our attention on a specific task while filtering out irrelevant distractions. Our brains are constantly bombarded with sensory information. The ability to distinguish relevant information from irrelevant distractions is a critical skill, one that is impaired in many brain disorders.

Ed Boyden, PhD – MIT

Associate Professor and AT&T Chair, MIT Media Lab and McGovern Institute, Departments of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Co-Director, MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering
Principal Investigator, Synthetic Biology Group

Ed Boyden develops new strategies for analyzing and engineering brain circuits to develop broadly applicable methodologies that reveal fundamental mechanisms of complex brain processes. A major goal of his current work is the development of technologies for controlling nerve cells using light.

David Feinberg, MD/PhD – UCSF

Adjunct professor of neuroscience at UC Berkely and of Radiology at UCSF
Board Certified Diagnostic Radiologist and Neuroradiologist
President, Advanced MRI Technologies (AMRIT)

Dr. Feinberg is an internationally recognized expert on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), with numerous publications and research studies to his credit. In addition, he holds many patents in MRI technology

Mriganka Sur, PhD – MIT

Professor of Neuroscience, MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Director, Simons Center for the Social Brain
Principal Investigator, Laboratory of Mriganka Sur

Dr. Sur studies the organization, development and plasticity of the cerebral cortex of the brain using experimental and theoretical approaches. He has discovered fundamental principles by which networks of the cerebral cortex are wired during development and change dynamically during learning.

Ian Wickersham, PhD – MIT

Research Scientist
Head of MIT Genetic Neuroengineering Group

Research interests: viral vector engineering, synthetic biology. Engineering genetic tools for neuroscience.

Carlos D Brody, PhD – Princeton

Professor of neuroscience and molecular biology, Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Principal Investigator, Brodylab

Brody's focus is on novel quantitative behaviors that allow exploring high-level cognitive questions. Brody’s group now uses rats to investigate the neural bases of decision making, working memory and executive control using a combination of high-throughput semiautomated behavior as well as computational, electrophysiological, pharmacological and optogenetic methods.

Lawrence Wald, Phd – Harvard Med

Associate Professor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Associate Biophysicist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, MGH NMR Core, Martinos Center

Technique development for high field imaging of the Brain. Development of 7 Tesla scanner and coils for imaging human brain function, highly parallel phased array coil development for 3T and 7T, Parallel transmit methods for B1+ mitigation in the head at 7T, and highly accelerated echo volume imaging.

Wei Chen, PhD – Minnesota

Professor, Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Faculty, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research

Chen's research focuses on development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/spectroscopy (MRS) methodologies and technologies for noninvasively studying cellular metabolism, bioenergetics, function and dysfunction of the brain and other organs. He has been a principal investigator for a large number of NIH RO1 grants, served as grant reviewer for many funding organizations and editorial boards for imaging journals.

James Giordano, PhD – Georgetown

Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program in the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics
Professor, Department of Neurology
Senior Science Advisory Fellow, DOD

Dr. Giordano's research focuses upon the use of advanced neurotechnologies to explore the neurobiology of pain and other neuropsychiatric spectrum disorders; the neuroscience of moral decision-making, and the neuroethical issues arising from the use of neuroscience and neurotechnology in research, clinical medicine, public life, international relations and policy, and national security and defense.

Rebekah Evans

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health

Erin Sanders

PhD, Molecular, Physiological, & Behavioral Neuroscience, George Mason University

Dr. Sanders interests include: Molecular science, science funding, science teaching, STEM, biotechnology, startups, biological illustration, ceramics, art, aikido, ocean, time, space, brain.

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