Faculty by Research Domain

Neuroscience research at UC Berkeley spans four broad research domains: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Systems Neuroscience and Animal Behavior, Human Cognitive Neuroscience, and Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience. HWNI faculty are listed below, along with their research domain(s), and key words describing their research interests. Click on the top row icons to sort by research domain. Click on faculty names to access their websites.

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HWNI FacultyKey Words
Hillel Adesnik
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cortical microcircuits, somatosensation, optogenetic tools
Martin Banks
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perception of visual stimuli, virtual reality
Helen Bateup
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excitation/inhibition balance, autism, epilepsy, basal ganglia, TSC/mTor pathway
Diana Bautista
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molecular basis of somatosensation, light touch, chronic itch, pain
George Bentley
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reproductive neuroendocrinology, gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone
Sonia Bishop
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fMRI, emotion, attention, decision making, anxiety
Stephen Brohawn
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ion channel function, mechanosensory channels, channel biophysics
Silvia Bunge
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development of cognition through adolescence, developmental plasticity
Jose Carmena
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sensorimotor learning and control, brain-machine interfaces, plasticity, neurotechnology
Christopher Chang
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tools for mapping brain activity, metabolism, and inflammation; imaging and proteomics for metals and reactive oxygen species
Anne Collins
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learning, working memory, executive functions, decision making, dopamine
Yang Dan
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sleep and sleep disorders, circuit dynamics across brain states, processing visual stimuli
Mark D'Esposito
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working memory, executive control, prefrontal cortex, dopamine
Michael DeWeese
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processing auditory stimuli, selective attention, cortex
Andrew Dillin
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aging, mitochondria, stress responses, age-onset disease, dietary restriction, longevity
David Feinberg
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neuroimaging, computational modeling of neurovascular coupling, mapping columnar and visual circuitry, MRI technology
Daniel Feldman
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sensory processing, somatosensory cortex, cortical maps, plasticity
Marla Feller
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retina development, spontaneous activity, retinal waves, direction selective circuits
Howard Fields
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opioid regulation of motivated behaviors, synaptic and circuit mechanisms, pain, addiction
John Flannery
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molecular basis of blinding diseases, inherited retinal degeneration, gene therapy
Darlene Francis
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biological and social basis of health disparities, developmental programming, stress
Jack Gallant
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neuroimaging, computational modeling, functional mapping, decoding
Gian Garriga
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asymmetric neuroblast divisions, neuronal polarity and migration, axon pathfinding
Thomas Griffiths
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models of cognition, inductive inference, probabilistic reasoning, machine learning
Ming Hsu
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decision making, risk, social behavior, game theory, neurogenetics of choice
Ehud Isacoff
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ion channels, synapse development, plasticity, circuit function, optogenetic tools
Richard Ivry
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motor learning and control, selecting actions, learning skills, coordinated movements
Lucia Jacobs
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hippocampal evolution, spatial navigation, spatial olfaction, route planning, decision making
William Jagust
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brain aging, dementia, amyloid and tau PET imaging
Daniela Kaufer
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plasticity, glia, stress, hippocampal stem cells, emotional memory, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, white matter, mental illness
Stanley Klein
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visual perception, plasticity, perceptual learning, aging, technology development
Robert Knight
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prefrontal cortex and executive control, brain machine interface/neural prosthesis
Richard Kramer
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tools for optical sensing and control of ion channels and synapses, restoring vision
Lance Kriegsfeld
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behavioral neuroendocrinology, circadian biology, reproductive behavior, seasonality
Stephan Lammel
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neuropsychiatric disorders, substance abuse, midbrain dopamine circuits
Dennis Levi
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ambylopia: effect on visual perception, recovery beyond the critical period
Chunlei Liu
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neural engineering, MRI, neural circuits, neural modulation
Evan Miller
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tools for mapping circuit activity, voltage imaging, activity tracing
John Ngai
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olfactory system, development and regeneration, odorant receptors, transcriptomics
Bruno Olshausen
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neural computation, sensory coding, perception
Geoff Owen
(Emeritus)
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retinal image processing, temporal and spatial filtering between rods, bipolar cells, and ganglion cells
Mu-ming Poo
(Emeritus)
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synapse plasticity, visual system development, refinement of neural circuits
Kaoru Saijo
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microglia, brain homeostasis, sex dimorphism in neurological diseases
David Schaffer
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regenerative medicine, generating neurons from stem cells, gene delivery
Kristin Scott
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sensorimotor circuits, taste detection and processing, modulation of taste behavior
Arthur Shimamura
(Emeritus)
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Cognitive neuroscience, frontal lobe function, basic memory research, aesthetic science, psychocinematics
Michael Silver
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visual perception, attention, neural plasticity, pharmacology
Friedrich Sommer
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learning, perception, circuit dynamics, brain rhythms, computational models
Mark Tanouye
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epilepsy, potassium chloride co-transporter, identification of seizure-suppressor genes
Frederic Theunissen
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perception of complex sounds, auditory physiology, computational models of audition
Matthew Walker
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the role of sleep in: learning and memory, brain plasticity, emotional regulation, affective and clinical mood disorders, and aging
Jonathan Wallis
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functional organization of the prefrontal cortex, goal directed behavior, mental illness
Gerald Westheimer
(Emeritus)
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processing of visual information, perceptual learning in spatial visual tasks
David Whitney
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visual perception and attention, visually guided action
Linda Wilbrecht
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adolescent development of circuits involved in value based decision making, addiction
Ke Xu
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biomoleculecular structure of neurons, axon and dendrite dynamics, super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, single-molecule imaging
Michael Yartsev
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Bats, spatial navigation, vocal learning, acoustic communication, social behavior, neuroethology, technologies for studying neural activity in freely behaving and flying mammals
Bob Zucker
(Emeritus)
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mechanisms regulating synaptic transmission, serotonin, calcium, cAMP, SNARE proteins