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- Investigator, McGovern Institute
Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
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- phone: 617-324-0173
- fax: 617-452-4119
- MIT address: 46-5133A
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michale Fee studies how the brain learns and generates complex sequential behaviors, with a focus on the songbird as a model system. Birdsong is a complex behavior that young birds learn from their fathers and it provides an ideal system to study the neural basis of learned behavior. Because the parts of the bird's brain that control song learning are closely related to human circuits that are disrupted in brain disorders such as Parkinson's and Huntington's disease, Fee hopes the lessons learned from birdsong will provide new clues to the causes and possible treatment of these conditions.
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Fee joined the McGovern Institute in 2003 and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 1992. Before moving to MIT, he was a principal investigator in the Biological Computation Research Department at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey.