Benefits of pathway splitting in sensory coding.

Gjorgjieva J, Sompolinsky H, Meister M.

Does evolutionary theory need a rethink?

Laland K, Uller T, Feldman M, Sterelny K, Müller GB, Moczek A, Jablonka E, Odling-Smee J, Wray GA, Hoekstra HE, Futuyma DJ, Lenski RE, Mackay TF, Schluter D, Strassmann JE.

The big data challenges of connectomics.

Lichtman JW, Pfister H, Shavit N.

BRAIN Initiative

President Obama launched the BRAIN Initiative in April 2013. Aravi Samuel co-chaired a meeting sponsored by NSF to plan their role in the BRAIN initiative.  Joshua Sanes served on the NIH committee that developed the NIH plan for the Initiative. Follow the link to learn about current funding opportunities.

Refinement of the Retinogeniculate Synapse by Bouton Clustering.

Hong YK, Park S, Litvina EY, Morales J, Sanes JR, Chen C.

Upcoming Events

Special Seminar

The dissection of motor learning using an engineering systems framework

Maurice Smith (SEAS/CBS)
Mon 24 Nov 4:00pm - Maxwell Dworkin G115
CBS Seminar


Matt Wilson (MIT)
Tue 25 Nov 1:00pm - NW 243
CBS Seminar

Interrogating co- and post-transcriptional gene regulation at single neuron resolution

John Calarco (Harvard)
Tue 2 Dec 1:00pm - NW 243


Scott Linderman (Valiant Lab)
Wed 3 Dec 1:00pm - NW 243
CBS Seminar


Michael Crickmore (Children's Hospital)
Tue 9 Dec 1:00pm - NW 243


Xin Duan (Sanes Lab)
Wed 10 Dec 1:00pm - NW 243
CBS Seminar


Zhigang He (Children's Hospital)
Tue 16 Dec 1:00pm - NW 243

Gershman Group

Wed 17 Dec 1:00pm - NW 243
Thursday Seminar Series


William Newsome (Stanford)
Thu 26 Mar noon - NW B103

What We Do

Researchers in the Center for Brain Science (CBS) are discovering the structure and function of neural circuits. We are investigating how these circuits govern behavior and vary between individuals; learning how they change during development and aging; and deepening our understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders, and their therapies. To accomplish this mission, CBS brings neuroscientists together with physical scientists and engineers to develop and deploy new tools for neuroscience. Headquartered in the new Northwest Building on Oxford Street in Cambridge, CBS has strong links throughout the neuroscience community at Harvard University. Members are drawn from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard Medical School, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Harvard-affiliated hospitals.

Neuroengineering: what tools we need

Neuroimaging: what underlies our thoughts

Light Microscopy: what the brain looks like 

Electron Microscopy: what is the brain's nanostructure

Connectome Project: how the brain is wired

Swartz Program: how do we understand brain function

Education: what training we need