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Leadership

Leslie Vosshall
Leslie Vosshall, Ph.D.
Director, Kavli Neural Systems Institute
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Robin Chemers Neustein Professor, Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior
Investigates how sensory stimuli are processed and perceived.
Alipasha Vaziri
Alipasha Vaziri, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Kavli Neural Systems Institute
Associate Professor, Laboratory of Neurotechnology and Biophysics
Develops and applies new optical imaging techniques to create functional maps of neural circuits.
Mary Hatten
Mary E. Hatten, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, Kavli Neural Systems Institute
Frederick P. Rose Professor, Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology
Investigates mechanisms of neuronal differentiation and migration during embryonic development.
Roderick MacKinnon
Roderick MacKinnon, M.D.
Senior Advisor, Kavli Neural Systems Institute
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology and Biophysics
Studies principles underlying electricity in biology, particularly the passage of ions across cell membranes.

Steering Committee

Lisa Fenk, Ph.D.
Lisa Fenk, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate, Laboratory of Integrative Brain Function
Nathaniel Heintz
Nathaniel Heintz, Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
James and Marilyn Simons Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Investigates histological and functional aspects of the mammalian brain in health and disease.
Christoph Kirst
Christoph Kirst, Ph.D.
Fellow, Center for Studies in Physics and Biology
Richard Lifton
Richard P. Lifton, M.D., Ph.D. (ex-officio)
President
Professor, Laboratory of Human Genetics and Genomics
Dr. Lifton has pioneered the use of genetics and genomics to understand fundamental mechanisms underlying human diseases, including cardiovascular disease, neoplasia, kidney disease, and osteoporosis.
Marcelo Magnasco
Marcelo O. Magnasco, Ph.D.
Professor, Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience
Creates computational and mathematical models to describe neurophysiological systems and living organisms.
Gaby Maimon
Gaby Maimon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Integrative Brain Function
Studies the neural computations underlying behavior in Drosophila.
Vanessa-Ruta
Vanessa Ruta, Ph.D.
Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior
Investigates neural circuits that underlie innate and learned behaviors.
 Marc Schneeberger Pane
Marc Schneeberger Pane, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics
Laura Seeholzer
Laura Seeholzer
Graduate Fellow, Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior
Julia Sliwa
Julia Sliwa, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Laboratory of Neural Systems
Sidney Strickland
Sidney Strickland, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
Vice President for Educational Affairs
Dean of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies
Research Professor, Patricia and John Rosenwald Laboratory of Neurobiology and Genetics
Investigates neurovascular dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease.
Michael Young
Michael W. Young, Ph.D. (ex-officio)
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Richard and Jeanne Fisher Professor, Laboratory of Genetics
Investigates the genetic regulation of biological clocks that underlie many activities of living organisms.

Faculty Membership

C. David Allis, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Chromatin Biology and Epigenetics

Cori Bargmann, Ph.D.
Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior

Ali H. Brivanlou, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Molecular Embryology

Jean-Laurent Casanova, M.D., Ph.D.
St. Giles Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases

Robert B. Darnell, M.D., Ph.D.
Laboratory of Molecular Neuro-oncology

Winrich Freiwald, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Neural Systems

Jeffrey M. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D.
Laboratory of Molecular Genetics

Charles D. Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D.
Laboratory of Neurobiology

Paul Greengard, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

Mary E. Hatten, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology

Nathaniel Heintz, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Molecular Biology

A. James Hudspeth, M.D., Ph.D.
Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience

Erich Jarvis, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Neurogenetics of Language

Bruce W. Knight, B.A.
Laboratory of Biophysics

Mary Jeanne Kreek, M.D.
Laboratory of the Biology of Addictive Diseases

Daniel Kronauer, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Social Evolution and Behavior

Stanislas Leibler, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Living Matter

Albert J. Libchaber, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

Roderick MacKinnon, M.D.
Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology and Biophysics

Marcelo O. Magnasco, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience

Gaby Maimon, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Integrative Brain Function

Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.
Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology

Daniel Mucida, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Mucosal Immunology

Fernando Nottebohm, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Animal Behavior

Donald W. Pfaff, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior

Priya Rajasethupathy, M.D., Ph.D.
Laboratory of Neural Dynamics and Cognition

George N. Reeke, Jr., Ph.D.
Laboratory of Biological Modeling

Vanessa Ruta, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior

Timothy A. Ryan, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Biophysical Chemistry of the Synapse, Weill Cornell Medicine

Thomas P. Sakmar, M.D.
Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Signal Transduction

Shai Shaham, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Developmental Genetics

Eric D. Siggia, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Hermann Steller, Ph.D.
Strang Laboratory of Apoptosis and Cancer Biology

Sidney Strickland, Ph.D.
Patricia and John Rosenwald Laboratory of Neurobiology and Genetics

Alipasha Vaziri, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Neurotechnology and Biophysics

Leslie B. Vosshall, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior

Torsten Wiesel, M.D.
Laboratory of Neurobiology

Michael W. Young, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Genetics

Li Zhao, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics

Any Rockefeller investigator interested in becoming a Kavli NSI member lab should contact Lindsey Cole, Kavli NSI administrator, at lcole@rockefeller.edu. All requests will be reviewed by the Kavli NSI Steering Committee.