Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology; Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience Leadership Chair; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Director, Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience
Genetic dissection of neural circuits controlling emotional behaviors
Non-coding RNAs: Study of natural functions of non-coding RNAs in the cell and programming of RNA pathways for new functions in vivo. Non-coding RNAs as determinants of epigenetic states. The link between RNA- and chromatin-based epigenetic mechanisms.
Charles and Mary Ferkel Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics
Quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics, statistical physics: simulation and design of biological, polymer, ceramic, and metal systems; Reaction mechanisms in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis; Prediction of Protein Structure and Function; Nanotechnology, bionanotechnology
Anne P. and Benjamin F. Biaggini Professor of Biological Sciences
My goal is to understand the function of neuronal circuits. By "circuit" I mean a brain structure with many neurons that has some anatomical and functional identity and exchanges signals with other brain circuits. Most of our work has focused on the retina and the olfactory bulb, with some explorations into the visual cortex and the insect antennal lobe.