Winter 2018 Issue 43

Robert Desimone, Director of the McGovern Institute. Photo: Kent Dayton

From the Director

Mark Harnett is studying how information is processed by individual neurons, and how they work together to form functional circuits within the living brain.

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Mark Harnett (top) studies how information is processed within single neurons, whose complex shapes reflect their sophisticated computational capacities. Photo: Justin Knight

Feature Story

Listening to Neurons

By zeroing in on the neuron -- the brain's most basic computational unit -- Mark Harnett is beginning to untangle fundamental questions about the human mind.

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Neurons in the hippocampus, imaged with Ed Boyden’s expansion microscopy (ExM) technique. Image: Ed Boyden

Institute News

Three McGovern Researchers Receive NIH Director’s Awards

Awards support high-risk, high-impact biomedical research.

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Clockwise from top left: Sara Beach, Julia Juong, Steven Sando, Xiaochen Sun, Tobias Kaiser and Ishan Gupta

McGovern Institute Names Six Graduate Fellows

Six McGovern Institute graduate students have been awarded fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Tomaso Poggio. Photo: Kent Dayton

Awards & Honors

Awards and Honors

Tomaso Poggio wins the Azriel Rosenfield Lifetime Achievement Award; Feng Zhang wins the 2017 Lemelson-MIT Prize

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In this image, a pipette guided by a robotic arm approaches a neuron identified with a fluorescent stain. Image: Ho-Jun Suk

Research News

Robotic system monitors specific neurons; link between autism and maternal infection; new CRISPR system edits RNA; stress leads to risky decisions

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Ed Boyden signs the Book of Members at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences induction ceremony on October 7, 2017. Photo: Martha Stewart, American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Boyden Inducted into American Academy

McGovern Investigator Ed Boyden was among 11 MIT researchers inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this October.

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The Gabrieli Lab won first prize at the Halloween party for their portrayal of McGovern Investigator John Gabrieli (third from left). Photo: Julie Pryor

McGovern Halloween Party

McGovern Institute headquarters hosted its annual bash for the neuroscience community at MIT.

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