Welcome to the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Stony Brook University.
The Department of Neurobiology currently has 20 faculty with substantial
research strengths in neural development, circuit function, computation,
cellular communication through receptors, channels and synapses
and neurological and psychiatric diseases.
Under the direction of Dr. Lorna Role, who arrived as Chair in April
2008, the department has experienced a major growth spurt with new innovations » more
New Neuroscience grad students »
The Thomas Hartman Center for Parkinson's Research in the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior
A substantial gift from the Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson Research, that will be matched by the Simons Foundation, will fund an endowment in perpetuity to Name the Thomas Harman Center for Parkinson Research. "The Thomas Hartman Center in Parkinson Research will be housed in the University's nationally ranked Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. It will be a research intensive center in a Tier 1 Research institution and have the University's collaborative support and resources. The Thomas Hartman Center for Parkinson's Research will be dedicated solely to Parkinson's Research"
Camilo Ferrer, first year graduate student in our Program, for the cover illustration and a 1st-author paper in the December 12 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience , from his work with Enrico Nasi.
Shaoyu Ge 's group for their recent study published in Nature Neuroscience that reveals 'silencing' newborn neurons leads to impaired memory. Also see commentaries from
Dr.Giancarlo La Camera for being named as a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Dr. Lorne Mendell for his upcoming lecture (Tuesday October 16 at 2:30pm) at the Society for Neuroscience on "The Emergence of Contemporary Pain Neuroscience
Dr.Lorna Role for being elected a Fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her distinguished contributions in neuroscience.
's group for their recent finding of the effect of general expectation on gustatory taste processing »
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Nat Rev Neurosci
's group for their recent finding of primary cilia's role in neuronal development »
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Qinghong Yan, a graduate student in David McKinnon's lab, for her recent publication showing the importance of CpG island promoter evolution in controlling ion channel gene expression » more
Simon Halegoua's research on a new painkiller with no apparent side effects or addictive qualities near to market » more
Alfredo Fontanini, upon receiving the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) » more
Mary Kritzer, on being chosen Top Reviewer in 2009 for exceptional contribution to the quality of Hormones and Behavior scientific journal.
Gary Matthews, for his major review in Nature Neuroscience » more
Alfredo Fontanini, who was awarded the Ajinomoto Award for Young Investigators in Gustation. » more
Lorne Mendell. An international symposium was held honoring the scientific contributions Professor Lorne Mendell, Chair of the Department from 1988 to 2006 » more
Alfredo Fontanini, upon receiving a Klingenstein Fellowship Award
Chairperson, Dr. Lorna Role (PhD, Harvard).
Dr. Role holds numerous grants and awards and comes to us from Columbia University. Her
research focuses on central cholinergic systems that have been implicated in
disorders of memory, mood and motivation, and her work has implications for studies
of schizophrenia, depression and Alzheimer's dementia. Dr. Role was recently awarded the NIH director's Pioneer Award (more). Find out about the research interests and backgrounds of all Neurobiology & Behavior faculty here.
The Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology (PI: Maya Shelly) aims to identify and characterize the key molecular and cellular signaling mechanisms that underlie embryonic development of the mammalian cerebral cortex.
The mammalian cerebral cortex underlies major cognitive functions such as learning, memory, perception, abstract thinking, and more. Developmental aberrations affecting this part of the brain play a key role in severe disorders such as mental retardation and autism spectrum disorders. The cerebral cortex is composed of billions of neurons divided into specific subpopulations. Early in embryonic development, the neuron establishes separate compartments of axon and dendrite and migrates to populate different regions of the developing cortex where it forms specific synaptic connections. Our goal is to identify and characterize the key molecular and cellular signaling mechanisms underlying embryonic cortical development, using multidisciplinary approaches that combine embryonic genetic manipulation, mouse genetics, biochemistry, material engineering, time-lapse microscopy, electrophysiology methodologies and behavioral studies.
By studying the mechanisms of these basic events in embryonic brain development, in a complementary line of research we aim to gain insight into severe human neurodegenerative disorders.
To be resumed in the Fall Semester
latest seminar series
2014 Mind/Brain Lecture
Monday, March 31st, 2014
William Newsome, PhD
Professor of Neurobiology
Stanford University, School of Medicine
2013 Mind/Brain Lecture
Monday, April 1, 2013
Michael Wigler, PhD
Professor of Genetics
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
2012 Mind/Brain Lecture
Monday, April 16, 2012
John P. Donoghue, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience and Engineering
Director of the Institute for Brain Science
See Nature paper and news report from PBS
Watch the Mind Brain 2012 lecture.
2011 Mind/Brain Lecture
Allison Doupe, MD/PhD
2010 Mind/Brain Lecture
Nicholas D. Schiff, M.D., Director
2009 Mind/Brain Lecture
Larry F. Abbott, PhD