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Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI)


Jonathan D. Cohen

David W. Tank

Departmental Representative

Asif A. Ghazanfar

Director of Graduate Studies

Carlos D. Brody

Executive Committee

Michael J. Berry, also Molecular Biology

Matthew M. Botvinick, also Psychology

Lisa M. Boulanger, Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Carlos D. Brody, also Molecular Biology

Timothy J. Buschman, also Psychology

Jonathan D. Cohen, also Psychology

Nathaniel D. Daw, also Psychology

Lynn W. Enquist, also Molecular Biology

Asif A. Ghazanfar, also Psychology

Elizabeth Gould, also Psychology

Michael S. Graziano, also Psychology

Uri Hasson, also Psychology

Barry L. Jacobs, also Psychology

Sabine Kastner, also Psychology

Carolyn McBride, also Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 

Mala Murthy, also Molecular Biology

Yael Niv, also Psychology

Kenneth A. Norman, also Psychology

H. Sebastian Seung, also Computer Science

Jonathan W. Pillow, also Psychology

David W. Tank, also Molecular Biology

Samuel S. H. Wang, also Molecular Biology

Ilana B. Witten, also Psychology

Associated Faculty

William Bialek, Physics and Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics

Elizabeth R. Gavis, Molecular Biology

Alan Gelperin, also Molecular Biology

Philip J. Holmes, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Coleen T. Murphy, Molecular Biology, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics

Joshua W. Shaevitz, Physics and Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics

Jordan A. Taylor, Psychology

Alexander T. Todorov, Psychology

Nicholas B. Turk-Browne, Psychology

Understanding how the brain works, and how it gives rise to mental function, is one of the most exciting challenges in science. This effort is inherently interdisciplinary, and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) draws upon developments in molecular and cell biology, genetic engineering, and cognitive and social psychology, as well as applied math, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, and physics, for new methods of measuring and understanding neural function.

One of the goals of the institute is to understand how the whole system works together as one unit from all of the very complex interactions and underlying parts. Princeton collaborators utilize their expertise in quantitative disciplines to answer these questions. There is a particular emphasis on the close connection between theory, modeling, and experimentation using the most advanced technologies.

One of the most important objectives of the institute is to provide Princeton undergraduates with training at the forefront of neuroscience. The program encourages the serious study of molecular, cellular, developmental, and systems neuroscience as it interfaces with cognitive and behavioral research. Current research at Princeton includes molecular, genetic, and pharmacologic analysis of learning and memory; the role of neural stem cells in the adult brain; viral infections of the nervous system; optical and electrical recordings of neuronal function; brain imaging studies of cognitive functions, such as attention and memory in humans; and mathematical and computational analysis of neural network function. A more extensive listing of research opportunities in neuroscience is available online.

In addition to providing centralized curricular resources for students and faculty, the institute offers shared scientific facilities and access to state-of-the-art instruments for studying the brain, including two research dedicated scanners, integrated EEG systems, an eye tracker, a laser scanning confocal and two-photon microscope, a transmission electron microscope, and large computing clusters to name a few.