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Genes on the Move Help Nose Make Sense of Scents

From the lab of Stavros Lomvardas, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

A section of the olfactory epithelium. Cells that express a single specific olfactory receptor gene (Olfr17) are in green and DNA, which labels the nucleus of every cells, is blue. Because of the random choice, cells expressing Olfr17 are scattered throughout the tissue (Credit: Kevin Monahan & Adan Horta/Lomvardas lab/Columbia's Zuckerman Institute).

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The Senses January 9, 2019

Genes on the Move Help Nose Make Sense of Scents

Armed with advanced genomic tools, Columbia scientists have uncovered an ingenious mechanism that underlies the brain’s ability to distinguish different smells.

The Senses December 30, 2018

A New Party Trick: A Hearing Aid That Reads Minds

Nima Mesgarani, PhD, is studying how your brain picks out individual voices from a crowd — and using this knowledge to build a better hearing aid that reads your mind.

Learning & Memory December 10, 2018

Unlocking the Memories Inside Our Minds

By investigating the phenomenal memory of chickadees, Dmitriy Aronov, PhD, brings a fresh approach to studying how our own brains remember. Now he’s being recognized as one of the nation’s top early-career scientists.

Learning & Memory December 5, 2018

Brain Area Controlling Social Memory Also Triggers Aggression

Columbia study in mice reveals importance of memory in driving key social behavior; offers insight into psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.

Growth & Development November 27, 2018

Tiny Mitochondria Stimulate Brain Cell Connections

Once thought to be a biological oddity, these cellular components’ strange shape may actually indicate a potential new role for mitochondria in the brain.

Learning & Memory November 26, 2018

When Storing Memories, Brain Prioritizes Rewarding Experiences

New study reveals that the brain plays back and prioritizes high-reward events for later retrieval and filters out the neutral, inconsequential events.

Computation November 2, 2018

Columbia-led Team Receives $16.75M from the BRAIN Initiative

Award unites different fields of brain research to foster an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to deciphering the brain.

Decision Making November 1, 2018

Election Day: The Brain Science of Making Decisions

Then November, when you join millions in voting, take a moment to ask yourself: How did my brain make this decision? Before going into the voting both, join Michael Shadlen, MD, PhD, on a journey inside the brain.

Disease October 24, 2018

How Columbia University is Untangling Alzheimer's Disease

Meet the scientists leveraging technological advances to reveal aspects of the disease long hidden from view.

Disease October 23, 2018

How to Reverse Memory Loss in Old Mice

Columbia scientists reveal new details of how a naturally occurring hormone can boost memory in aging mice, laying the groundwork for staving off this form of memory loss in people.