Investigators


P. Anikeeva Polina Anikeeva, Ph.D., Class of 1942 Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Research Keywords: Biophysics, Medical, Nanotechnology
Role: Postdoctoral Mentor
email: anikeeva@mit.edu
mbear Mark Bear, Ph.D., Picower Professor of Neuroscience, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
Research Keywords: brain plasticity, experience-dependent plasticity, neurological disease
Role: Seed Grant PI; Targeted Project PI; Postdoctoral Mentor
email: mbear@mit.edu
Berger Bonnie Berger, S.M., Ph.D., Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at MIT; Head, Computation and Biology group at MIT’s Computer Science and AI Lab
Research Keywords: network inference, genomics, protein folding, medical informatics
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: bab@mit.edu
Blainey Paul Blainey, Ph.D., Core Member, Broad Institute; Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Engineering
Research Keywords: Microfluidics, single-cell analysis, single-molecule analysis, genomics, high-throughput screening, facilitated diffusion, sample preparation
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: pblainey@broadinstitute.org
Boyden Ed Boyden, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering,Co-Director, MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering, Associate Professor, Media Lab and McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Departments of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Research Keywords: neuroengineering, psychiatry, neural circuits
Role: Seed Grant PI; Postdoctoral Mentor
email: esb@media.mit.edu
20110921141306-1_0 Emery Brown, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Department Head IMES; Professor of Computational Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Research Keywords: computational neuroscience, statistical methods, signal-processing algorithms
Role: Seed Grant PI; Postdoctoral Mentor
email: enb@neurostat.mit.edu
Burge Chris Burge, Ph.D., Whitehead Career Development Associate Professor, Whitehead Institute
Research Keywords: computational biology, gene expression
Role: Postdoctoral Mentor
email: cburge@mit.edu
Carr Steven Carr, Ph.D., Director of Proteomics, Broad Institute
Research Keywords: proteomics, mass spectrometry, disease biomarkers
Role: Seed Grant Co-PI
email: scarr@broadinstitute.org
Choi Gloria Choi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,  McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Research Keywords: olfactory system, piriform cortex, social behaviors, oxytocin, vasopressin
Role: Seed Grant PI; Postdoctoral Mentor
email: gbchoi@mit.edu
kwanghun-chung-profile Kwanghun Chung, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, Department of Chemical Engineering, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
Research Keywords: develop and apply novel technologies, CLARITY
Role: Postdoctoral Mentor
email: khchung@mit.edu
download Martha Constantine-Paton, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Research Keywords: synaptogenesis, development, disease
Role: Seed Grant PI; Postdoctoral Mentor
email: mcopaton@mit.edu
Daly Mark Daly, Ph.D., Co-Director, Program in Medical and Population Genetics, Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital
Research Keywords: visual attention, neural synchrony, attention deficit disorder, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia
Role: Targeted Project PI
email: mjdaly@atgu.mgh.harvard.edu
Edelman Alan Edelman, Ph.D., Professor of Applied Mathematics, Mathematics/CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab)
Research Keywords: applied mathematics, high performance computing, networks, software, algorithms, Random Matrix Theory
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: edelman@mit.edu
Fedorenko Evelina Fedorenko, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Research Keywords: linguistic processing, language comprehension
Role: Targeted Project PI
email: evelina.fedorenko@mgh.harvard.edu
Fee Michale Fee, Ph.D., Professor of Computational and Systems Neuroscience, McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Research Keywords: systems neuroscience, neural mechanisms underlying sequence generation and learning
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: fee@mit.edu
 Feng Guoping Feng, Ph.D., Investigator, McGovern Institute and Poitras Professor of Neuroscience
Research Keywords: synapse, circuit, optogenetics, OCD, autism, bipolar disorder
Role: Seed Grant PI; Targeted Project PI; Postdoctoral Mentor
email: fengg@mit.edu
 Gabrieli John Gabrieli, Ph.D., Grover Hermann Professor in Health Sciences and Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience, McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Research Keywords: memory, brain imaging, cognition
Role: Seed Grant PI; Postdoctoral Mentor
email: gabrieli@mit.edu
 Gertler Frank Gertler, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Department of Biology
Research Keywords: cell movement, cell motility, axon guidance, cytoskeletal remodeling
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: fgertler@mit.edu
Goodwin_Headshot-2015 Matthew Goodwin, Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Northeastern University
Research Keywords: interpersonal biobehavioral synchrony, social reciprocity, emotion regulation
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: m.goodwin@neu.edu
 Graybiel Ann Graybiel, Ph.D., Institute Professor, McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Research Keywords: basal ganglia, habit learning, multielectrode recording
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: graybiel@mit.edu
 Horvitz Robert Horvitz, Ph.D., David H. Koch Professor, Department of Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Research Keywords: cell lineage and cell fate, programmed cell death, signal transduction, morphogenesis, neural development, behavior, micro RNAs, human disease
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: horvitz@mit.edu
 Housman David Housman, Ph.D., Virginia & D K Ludwig Professor Cancer Research, Department of Biology
Research Keywords: genetics, development, disease onset
email: dhousman@mit.edu
jun-photo-2 Jun Huh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts of Medical School
Research Keywords: epigenetic regulatory mechanisms, pro-inflammatory immune cells, neural development
Role:
Seed Grant PI; Postdoctoral Mentor
email: 
jun.huh@umassmed.edu
 Jaenisch Rudolf Jaenisch, M.D., Professor of Biology, Whitehead Institute
Research Keywords: transgenics, model organisms
Role: Seed Grant PI; Targeted Project PI; Postdoctoral Mentor
email: jaenisch@wi.mit.edu
 Jasanoff Alan Jasanoff, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biological Engineering
Research Keywords: functional MRI, neural systems, reward learning
Role: Seed Grant PI; Postdoctoral Mentor
email: jasanoff@mit.edu
 Joshi Gagan Joshi, M.D., Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Director, Autism Spectrum Disorders Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
Research Keywords: obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, child and adolescent psychiatry
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: gjoshi1@partners.org
 Kaldy  Zsuzsanna Kaldy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Research Keywords: cognitive development in infants, visual attention, salience, eye-tracking
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: Zsuzsa.kaldy@umb.edu
 Kanwisher  Nancy Kanwisher, Ph.D., Walter A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Research Keywords: human cognitive neuroscience, fMRI, vision and perception
Role: Seed Grant PI; Targeted Project PI
email: ngk@mit.edu
 Kaufmann  Walter Kaufmann, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Children’s Hospital Boston
Research Keywords: Autism, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome,SHANK3, genetics, phenotyping, DSM-5
Role: Seed Grant PI; Targeted Project PI
email: walter.kaufmann@childrens.harvard.edu
 Kjelgaard Margaret Kjelgaard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Comm. Sci. & Disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital
Research Keywords: prosody, spoken language, specific language impairment
Role: Seed Grant PI; Postdoctoral Mentor
email: mkjelgaard@mghihp.edu
 Kohane Isaac S Kohane, M.D., Ph.D., Lawerence J. Henderson Professor of Pediatrics and Health Sciences and Technology, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital Informatics Program
Research Keywords: bioinformatics, development, macrobiological perspective
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: isaac_kohane@harvard.edu
 Lieberman Henry Lieberman, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist, MIT Media Laboratory
Research Keywords: artificial intelligence, Programming by Example, user interface, visual programming
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: lieber@media.mit.edu
 Lin Yingxi Lin, Ph.D., Fred & Carole Middleton Career Development Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Research Keywords: GABAergic synapses, neuronal activity, circuit homeostasis
email: yingxi@mit.edu
 Lippard Stephen Lippard, Ph.D., Arthur Amos Noyes Professor, Department of Chemistry
Research Keywords: neurochemistry, inorganic neurotransmitters, signal transducers
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: lippard@mit.edu
 Littleton  J. Troy Littleton, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Department of Biology, MIT
Research Keywords: molecular neuroscience, neurotransmitter release, synaptic plasticity
Role: Seed Grant PI; Targeted Project PI; Postdoctoral Mentor
email: troy@mit.edu
 E. Maneta Eleni Maneta, M.D., Assistant in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Boston Children’s Hospital; Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Research Keywords: child Psychiatry, learning algorithms, qualitatively different complexity, human emotions, learning style
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: Eleni.Maneta@childrens.harvard.edu
 Manoach Dara Manoach, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital
Research Keywords: autism, schizophrenia, multimodal neuroimaging, cognition, sleep, executive function, memory
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: dara@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu
 McCarroll Steven McCarroll, Ph.D., Director, Stanley Center Genetics Program, Broad Institute; Professor, HMS Genetics
Research Keywords:
Role
: Seed Grant PI
email: mccarroll@genetics.med.harvard.edu
 Miller Earl Miller, Ph.D., Picower Professor of Neuroscience, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
Research Keywords: goal-directed thought, executive control, cognition, attention
email: ekmiller@mit.edu
 Nieland Thomas Nieland, Ph.D., Research Fellow in Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
Research Keywords: neuropsychiatric disorders, synaptic plasticity, systems biology, high throughput functional genomic and drug screening, high content screening
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: nieland@mit.edu
elly-nedivi Elly Nedivi, Ph.D., Professor of Brain & Cognitive Sciences and Biology, MIT
Research Keywords: cellular mechanisms, activity-dependent plasticity, neuronal structural dynamics
Role: Postdoctoral Mentor
email: nedivi@mit.edu
 Oliva Aude Oliva, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist, CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab)
MIT Computer Vision & Graphics Group, Investigator, Athinoula A. Martinos Imaging Center
Research Keywords: image statistics, computer vision, computer graphics, human perception, cognition, neuroscience
email: oliva@mit.edu
 Picard Rosalind Picard, Sc.D., Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab
Research Keywords: multidimensional signal modeling, computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, human-computer interaction, affective computing
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: picard@media.mit.edu
 Poggio Tomaso Poggio, Ph.D., Eugene McDermott Professor in the Brain Sciences and Human Behavior, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Director, Center for Brain, Minds & Machines
Research Keywords: computational neuroscience, vision, learning theory
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: tp@ai.mit.edu
 Regev Aviv Regev, M.Sc., Ph.D., Core Member, Broad Institute; Associate Professor, MIT Biology, Early Career Scientist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Research Keywords: Computational and Systems Biology, Regulatory Circuits, Genomics
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: kmar@broadinstitute.org
 Robertson Caroline Robertson, Ph.D., Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, Harvard University
Research Keywords: vision, attention, autism, fMRI, MRS
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: cerw@mit.edu
 Sahin Mustafa Sahin, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurology; Director, Translational Neuroscience Center; Director, Multi-Disciplinary Tuberous Sclerosis Program, Children’s Hospital Boston
Research Keywords: tuberous sclerosis, autism, clinical trials, vascular anomalies, spinal muscular atrophy
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: mustafa.sahin@childrens.harvard.edu
 Saxe Rebecca Saxe, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, Martinos Imaging Center, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Research Keywords: development, social cognition, neuroimaging
Role: Targeted Project PI; Postdoctoral Mentor
email: saxe@mit.edu
 Schulz Laura Schulz, Ph.D., Class of 1943 Career Dev Associate Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Research Keywords: early childhood, learning, cognition
Role: Seed Grant PI; Targeted Project PI; Postdoctoral Mentor
email: lschulz@mit.edu
 Scolnick Ed Scolnick, M.D., Chief Scientist, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research
Research Keywords: genetic analysis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder
email: scolnick@broad.mit.edu
Seung Sebastian Seung, Ph.D., Evnin Professor in Neuroscience, Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Research Keywords: connectomics, machine learning, imaging
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: sseung@princeton.edu
 Silbey Susan Silbey, Ph.D., Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Humanities and Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Research Keywords: ethnography, social organizations, expert communities
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: ssilbey@mit.edu
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Pawan Sinha,Ph.D., Professor of Vision and Computational Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Research Keywords: computational vision, object recognition
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: psinha@mit.edu

 Sive Hazel Sive, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Whitehead Institute
Research Keywords: vertebrate development, frog, zebrafish, genetic analysis
Role: Postdoctoral Mentor
email: sive@wi.mit.edu
 Slocum Alexander H. Slocum, Ph.D., Neil and Jane Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Research Keywords: MEMS, Nanotechnology, Precision Engineering, Machine Design, Product Design
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: slocum@mit.edu
Harvard Professor of Psychology Elizabeth S. Spelke is pictured in her office in William James Hall at Harvard University. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer Elizabeth Spelke, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
Research Keywords: infants and children basic understanding of the physical world, how children acquire language, and social interactions
Role: Postdoctoral Mentor
email: spelke@wjh.harvard.edu
Michael Strano Michael S. Strano, Ph.D., Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering
Research Keywords: Nanotechnology, biosensors, plant nanobionics, in vivo, thermopower waves
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: strano@mit.edu
 Sur Mriganka Sur, Ph.D., FRS, Paul E. Newton Professor of Neuroscience, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Research Keywords: cerebral cortex, development, plasticity and dynamics, brain disorders
Role: Director Simons Center for the Social Brain
email: msur@mit.edu
 Szolovits Peter Szolovits, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, MIT Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard/MIT Div. of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Head of the Clinical Decision-Making Group, MIT Computer Science and AI Lab (CSAIL)
Research Keywords: medical decision making, natural language processing, clinical information systems
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: psz@mit.edu
 Tannenbaum Steven Tannenbaum, Ph.D., Underwood-Prescott Professor of Biological Engineering, Chemistry, and Toxicology
Research Keywords: nitric oxide, inflammation, mass spectrometry, signaling pathways, microphysiological systems, drug metabolism, toxicology
Role:  Seed Grant PI
email: srt@mit.edu
 Tenenbaum Joshua Tenenbaum, Ph.D., Professor of Cognitive Science and Computation, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Research Keywords: bayesian models of cognition, learning and inference, computational cognitive science
Role: Seed Grant PI; Targeted Project PI
email: jbt@dmit.edu
Sapsis_Themistoklis-20 Themistoklis Sapsis, Ph.D., American Bureau of Shipping Career Development Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Research Keywords: learning algorithms, emotional Intelligence, quantification of learning styles, variable complexity
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: sapsis@mit.edu
Ting Alice Ting, Ph.D., Ellen Swallow Richards Associate Professor of Chemistry
Research Keywords: quantum dots, molecular signaling, protein imaging, proteomic analysis
Role: Postdoctoral Mentor
email: ating@mit.edu
 Tye Kay Tye, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Research Keywords: motivated behaviors, affective valence, optogenetics
Role: Postdoctoral Mentor
email: kaytye@mit.edu
 Tsai Li-Huei Tsai, Ph.D., Picower Professor of Neuroscience; Director, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
Research Keywords: epigenetic regulation of learning and memory, alzheimer’s disease, neurogenesis
Role: Seed Grant PI; Postdoctoral Mentor
email: lhtsai@mit.edu
 Vliet Krystyn J. Van Vliet, Sc.B., Ph.D,  Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Biological Engineering
Research Keywords: mechanics, chemomechanics, mechanobiology, mechanotransduction, molecular, cell, and tissue mechanics
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: krystyn@mit.edu
 Wexler Ken Wexler, Ph.D., Professor of Brain & Cognitive Science
Research Keywords: linguistic structure, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, morphology
email: wexler@mit.edu
Forest White Forest M. White, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Engineering, MIT
Research Keywords: Signaling networks, tyrosine phosphorylation, mass spectrometry
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: fwhite@mit.edu
 Whitfield-Gabrieli Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, Ph.D., Research Scientist, McGovern Institute for Brain Reserach
Research Keywords: Resting state functional connectivity, biomarkers, autism, schizophrenia
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: swg@mit.edu
 Wickersham Ian Wickersham, Ph.D., Research Scientist; Head, Genetic Neuroengineering Group
Research Keywords: viral vector engineering, synthetic biology
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: wickersham@mit.edu
 Xu Weifeng Xu, Ph.D., Whitehead Career Development Assistant Professor of Neuroscience; Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Research Keywords: calcium channels, plasticity mechanisms, learning and memory, synaptic molecules
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: weifeng@mit.edu
 Yanik Mehmet Fatih Yanik, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, High-throughput Neurotechnology Group, RLE
Research Keywords: high-throughput technologies, ultrafast optics, microfluidics, neuronal regeneration, coherent photonics
Role: Postdoctoral Mentor
email: yanik@mit.edu
 Zhang Feng Zhang, Ph.D., W.M. Keck Career Development Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Biological Engineering; Broad Institute
Research Keywords: neuropsychiatric diseases, synthetic biology, neuroengineering
Role: Seed Grant PI; Postdoctoral Mentor
email: zhang_f@mit.edu
 Zhuang Xiaowei Zhuang, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, David B. Arnold Jr. Professor of Science, Harvard University
Research Keywords: nanoscopic Optical Imaging, single-molecule biology and bioimaging, single-virus tracking
Role:
Postdoctoral Mentor
email: zhuang@chemistry.harvard.edu
 Zuckerman Ezra Zuckerman, Ph.D., Nanyang Technological University Professor and Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
Research Keywords: economic sociology, social network analysis, peer groups
Role: Seed Grant PI
email: ewzucker@mit.edu