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Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior

The human brain generates our perceptions, emotions, memories, and actions. Brain and behavioral disorders, including drug and alcohol abuse, afflict about 50 million Americans, and psychiatric illnesses account for approximately 20 percent of all hospitalizations in the United States. Significant progress in the prevention and treatment of neurological disorders will depend on major breakthroughs in understanding the brain’s basic biology. Laboratories in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center use the latest technological developments to reach deep insights into the function of the brain in health and disease. The center encompasses the work of more than 20 laboratories studying neural systems, neurogenetics, neurochemistry, and neural development.


Cori Bargmann, Ph.D.
Robert B. Darnell, M.D., Ph.D.

Winrich Freiwald, Ph.D.
Jeffrey M. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D.
Charles D. Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D.
Nathaniel Heintz, Ph.D.
A. James Hudspeth, M.D., Ph.D.
Erich D. Jarvis, Ph.D.
Daniel Kronauer, Ph.D.
Marcelo Magnasco, Ph.D.
Gaby Maimon, Ph.D.
Priya Rajasethupathy, M.D., Ph.D.
Vanessa Ruta, Ph.D.
Shai Shaham, Ph.D.
Sidney Strickland, Ph.D.
Alipasha Vaziri, Ph.D.
Leslie B. Vosshall, Ph.D.
Michael W. Young, Ph.D.