Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Awards $1.5M to Columbia Scientists

From the lab of Tom Maniatis, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

In green are motor neurons generated from embryonic stem cells. In blue are nuclei from other cell types. The superimposed graph is a topological representation of individual embryonic stem cells (blue) transitioning into motor neurons (green) (Credit: Ira Schieren/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute).

A Mind to Discover

At Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute, we believe that understanding how the brain works — and gives rise to mind and behavior — is the most urgent and exciting challenge of our time. Led by Rui Costa, DVM, PhD, and Nobel laureates Richard Axel, MD and Eric Kandel, MD, we study critical aspects of the mind and brain, gaining insights that promise to benefit people and societies everywhere.

Our Science: We explore how the brain develops, performs, endures and recovers.


Transforming How We Image the Brain

Bringing her engineering and physics expertise to neuroscience, Professor Elizabeth Hillman, PhD, has developed a wide range of multi-scale in-vivo imaging methods including SCAPE microscopy for high-speed 3D imaging of neural activity.

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Aug 16 2019 2:00 pm

2019 BRAINYAC Research Poster Presentation and Reception

Join us for a special program and reception to celebrate the achievements of the 2019 BRAINYAC graduates.

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Connecting high school students with scientists for intensive summer lab internships

A 2018 BRAINYAC student and his mentor (Credit: Michael DiVito/Columbia University)


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Bringing a wide perspective of inquiry and nurturing new insights across Columbia campuses

Affiliate Member Nim Tottenham, PhD, presents her research at a recent Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lecture (Credit: Michael Dames for Columbia's Zuckerman Institute).

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Our Mission

At Columbia's Zuckerman Institute, our mission is to decipher the brain. From effective treatments for disorders like Alzheimer’s and autism to advances in fields as fundamental as economics, the arts, and law, the potential for humanity is staggering.

Jerome L. Greene Science Center (Credit: Frank Oudeman/Columbia University).


Cracking the Brain’s Code

Associate Professor Stefano Fusi, PhD, wants to design technology inspired by the human brain. As a step toward this goal, he is using math to better understand how the brain itself computes information, especially as related to problem solving, reasoning and decision-making. Dr. Fusi’s work could lead to technological advances that have thus far remained beyond our reach.