Faculty profiles

  • Photo: Kent Dayton

    Video Profile: Feng Zhang

    Feng Zhang, a member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, is designing new molecular tools for manipulating the living brain. As a student, he played a major role in the development of optogenetics, a technology by which the …

  • John Gabrieli. Photo: Kent Dayton

    Video Profile: John Gabrieli

    John Gabrieli, a member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, uses brain imaging and behavioral tests to understand the organization of memory, thought, and emotion in the human brain. [Stock footage: pond5, Elekta Instrument AB]…

  • Guoping Feng. Photo: Kent Dayton

    Video Profile: Guoping Feng

    Guoping Feng, an investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, studies the development and function of synapses and their disruption in brain disorders.  He uses molecular genetics combined with behavioral and electrophysiological…

  • James DiCarlo. Photo: Kent Dayton

    Video Profile: James DiCarlo

    James DiCarlo, an investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, examines the complex network of brain regions that allow us to recognize vast numbers of objects rapidly and effortlessly. [Stock footage: pond5, Elekta…

  • Ed Boyden

    Video Profile: Ed Boyden

    Ed Boyden, a member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, develops new strategies for manipulating brain activity. He uses a wide variety of technologies to find new and more potent ways to alter brain function, for both research…

  • Emilio Bizzi. Photo: Kent Dayton

    Video Profile: Emilio Bizzi

    Emilio Bizzi examines how the brain translates our general intentions into the detailed commands needed to control muscle movements. One of his key discoveries is that groups of muscles are activated synergistically by circuits of neurons…

  • Robert Desimone. Photo: Kent Dayton

    Video Profile: Robert Desimone

    Robert Desimone is director of the McGovern Institute and formerly the head of intramural research at the National Institute of Mental Health. Desimone also runs his own lab at the McGovern Institute, where he studies the brain mechanisms underlying attention.
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    Video Profile: H. Robert Horvitz

    H. Robert Horvitz has devoted much of his career to studying the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans. Only 1 mm long and containing fewer than 1000 cells, C. elegans has proved to be remarkably informative for studying many biological problems,…

  • Photo: Kent Dayton

    Video Profile: Michale Fee

    Michale Fee, an investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, studies birdsong in order to understand how the brain learns and generates complex sequences of behavior.…

  • Photo: Kent Dayton

    Video Profile: Yingxi Lin

    Yingxi Lin, a member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, uses molecular, genetic, and electrophysiological methods to understand how inhibitory circuits form within the brain, and how they are shaped by activity and experience.…

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