About the Institute
The Princeton Neuroscience Institute was created in embryonic form in the spring of 2004 under the leadership of Jonathan Cohen, Robert Bendheim and Lynn Bendheim Thoman Professor in Neuroscience, and David Tank, the Henry Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology.
In the fall of 2005, a proposal prepared by the two was scrutinized and endorsed by an external review committee of leading scientists from around the country. The Institute was approved by University trustees in the spring of 2006. Please see the article in the Princeton Weekly Bulletin detailing the launch of the new Institute.
Jon Cohen and David Tank serve as co-directors of the Institute (see a brief overview below). They view the Institute as a stimulus for teaching and research in neuroscience and related fields, as well as an impetus for collaboration and education in disciplines as wide ranging as economics and philosophy. Princeton collaborators come from an array of disciplines including mathematics, physics, engineering, chemistry, computer science, ecology and evolutionary biology, and economics.
The Institute places particular emphasis on the close connection between theory, modeling and experimentation using the most advanced technologies.
Co-Directors of the Institute
Jonathan Cohen and David Tank, Co-Directors of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, come from markedly different backgrounds but share a common vision — facts that make them ideally suited to direct this cross-disciplinary effort.