The 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
- 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
- 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
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Current research suggests a certain type of tiny fungus may play a very large role in the global cycling of carbon. Professor Finzi, who took part in the research, asserts that the work is not only relevant to climate models and predictions of future atmospheric greenhouse gas levels, but also challenges the core foundation in modern biogeochemistry that climate exerts major control over soil carbon pools.Read more.
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