NeurobiologyThe Biology Department's Neurobiology group addresses fundamental questions about brain and behavior, from the scale of neurons to whole organisms. Our research spans diverse interests ranging from cellular and molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission and neuronal excitability; to network-level analyses of sensory and sensorimotor systems; to the neural circuits underlying natural behaviors like reproduction and vocal learning. Our research efforts also contribute to a better understanding of neural pathologies such as Alzheimer's and traumatic brain injury.

Faculty laboratories and shared facilities incorporate modern approaches in cellular and molecular biology as well as genetics and genomics. Resources include fluorescence, confocal, and multiphoton imaging; electron microscopy; cellular electrophyisology and in vivo recordings from neural ensembles during behavior.

As part of BU's broader neuroscience community, our faculty members are also active in the interdisciplinary Graduate Program for Neuroscience (GPN), the Center for Neuroscience, and the Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology (CompNet). Other BU centers for neuroscience research and opportunities for collaborative research include the departments of Biomedical Engineering, the Photonics Center, and the BUMC Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology.

Faculty with Related Research

  • Jelle Atema
    Sensory biology, chemical signals, receptor physiology, animal behavior, behavioral ecology, chemical ecology, biomimetic robotics
  • Michael J. Baum
    Behavioral neuroendocrinology, neurobiology
  • Alberto Cruz-Martin
  • Ian Davison
    Cortical sensory processing; learning and information storage in neural circuits
  • Vincent Dionne
    Sensory biology: olfaction, pain
  • William D. Eldred
    Visual neurobiology and traumatic brain injury
  • Tim Gardner
    Neural circuits and their development – vocal learning in songbirds
  • Jeffrey Gavornik
    Cortical circuits, synaptic plasticity as the basis of learning and memory, the neural representation and processing of time, the biophysical basis of visual perception
  • Robert E. Hausman
    Cell-cell interactions, cell adhesion complexes, contact-mediated regulation of gene expression
  • Angela Ho
    Molecular and cellular basis of synaptic function in neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative disease
  • Jen-Wei Lin
    Electrophysiology and molecular mechanisms of secretion
  • Hengye Man
    Synaptic plasticity, glutamate receptors, protein trafficking, axon growth and neuron polarization, bioenergetics, neurodegenerative disorders and neuronal death
  • James F. A. Traniello
    Behavior, ecology and evolution of social insects; neuroethology; social brain evolution; behavioral development and senescence; evolution of division of labor