The Biology Department’s Neurobiology group addresses fundamental questions about brain and behavior, from the scale of neurons to whole organisms. Our research spans diverse interests ranging from cellular and molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission and neuronal excitability; to network-level analyses of sensory and sensorimotor systems; to the neural circuits underlying natural behaviors like reproduction and vocal learning. Our research efforts also contribute to a better understanding of neural pathologies such as Alzheimer’s and traumatic brain injury.
Faculty laboratories and shared facilities incorporate modern approaches in cellular and molecular biology as well as genetics and genomics. Resources include fluorescence, confocal, and multiphoton imaging; electron microscopy; cellular electrophysiology; and in vivo recordings from neural ensembles during behavior.
Faculty members in the Neurobiology group provide mentorship to graduate students in our Neurobiology program. Additionally, as part of BU’s broader neuroscience community, our faculty members are active in the interdisciplinary Graduate Program for Neuroscience (GPN), the Center for Neuroscience, and the Center for Computational Neuroscience & Neural Technology (CompNet). Other BU centers for neuroscience research and opportunities for collaborative research include the Biomedical Engineering Department, the Photonics Center, and the BUMC Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology.
Faculty with Related Research
Jerry Chen, Assistant Professor of Biology
Large-scale neuronal networks, sensorimotor integration, decision making, neurodevelopment, non-linear microscopy
Christine Cheng, Assistant Professor of Biology
systems biology, single-cell, epigenetic and transcriptional regulation, immune system, bioinformatics, Alzheimer’s Disease, substance addiction, Type 2 diabetes
Alberto Cruz-Martín, Assistant Professor of Biology
Neural circuits, sensory processing, visual pathways
Tim Gardner, Associate Professor of Biology
Neural circuits, vocal learning, time-frequency analysis, brain-machine interfaces
Jeffrey Gavornik, Assistant Professor of Biology
cortical circuits, synaptic plasticity as the basis of learning and memory, the neural representation and processing of time, the biophysical basis of visual perception
Jen-Wei Lin, Associate Professor of Biology
membrane excitability and synaptic plasticity
Paul Lipton, Research Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Psychological & Brain Sciences, and Biology; Director, Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience; Associate Director, Kilachand Honors College
Cognitive Neurobiology, Learning & Memory, Undergraduate Science Education
Hengye Man, Professor of Biology
Brain development, neuron morphogenesis, synapse formation, synaptic plasticity, AMPA type glutamate receptor, protein ubiquitination and degradation, autism, Intellectual disability, Alzheimer’s disease
Kim McCall, Professor and Chair of Biology
Drosophila developmental biology, cell death, oogenesis
Mario Muscedere, Lecturer
Science education and undergraduate mentorship, social behavior, neuroethology, behavioral ecology