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How Genes Shape Behavior

From the lab of Andrés Bendesky, MD, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Dual betta fish circling to make an attack. These fish have been bred to be aggressive. In his lab, Dr. Bendesky is studying these fish to see whether their aggression can be traced back to any genetic markers, and whether equivalents of those markers could exist in people (Credit: iStockPhoto/Getty Images).

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Computation April 5, 2018

Columbia Scientists Build Better Way to Decode the Genome

New computer algorithm deciphers DNA’s most well-kept secrets; may help find the links between genes and disease.

Tools & Technology February 16, 2018

The Brain Science of Sound

Nima Mesgarani, PhD, deciphers how the human brain distinguishes and interprets the sounds we hear. Now, he’s being recognized as one of 2018’s top innovators for his achievements.

Evolution November 2, 2017

What the Discovery of an Elusive Protein Means for Science and Medicine

Columbia-led research solves decade-long scientific mystery; lays groundwork for entirely new investigations into cell biology and disease

Movement October 20, 2017

BRAIN Initiative Awards $25.1M to Zuckerman Institute Scientists

Series of awards unites experts from different fields and universities; bolsters innovative, team approach to deciphering the complexities of the brain.

Tools & Technology June 16, 2017

Building the Tools to Revolutionize Brain Research

At the 2017 World Science Festival, scientists shared their insights into how technology is advancing what we can uncover about the brain — and how that knowledge stands to improve health and society

Tools & Technology December 12, 2016

Patterns Revealed in the Brain at Rest

Findings offer insight into long-standing scientific question; reinforce use of fMRI for studies of brain activity.

Tools & Technology November 8, 2016

Real-Time 3D Imaging of Living Brains

Leica Microsystems to develop SCAPE microscopy.

Learning & Memory July 7, 2016

Imaging Study in Mice Sheds Light on How the Brain Draws a Map

Scientists track brain-cell activity of mice in real time, gain insight into how the brain stores and organizes information

Tools & Technology June 21, 2016

How are Adult and Newborn Mouse Brains Different?

Findings reveal mismatch between neuronal activity and blood flow in the brains of newborn mice, shedding new light on how the growing brain feeds itself

Movement May 27, 2016

Tracing the Steps that Guide Movement

For Richard Mann, answers to some of biology’s biggest puzzles, such as how our brains direct our muscles to move, can be found in the tiniest of places.