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How Animals Left the Sea and Evolved to Walk on Land

From the lab of Thomas M. Jessell, PhD, Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Partially overlapping expression of three transcription factors in from thoracic region of mouse spinal cord (Credit: Lora Sweeney/Jessell and Kintner Labs/Salk Institute)

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Evolution February 9, 2017

Pinpointing the Genes Behind Fine Motor Skills

Researchers have found a genetic signature located exclusively in the nerve cells that supply, or innervate, the muscles of an organism’s outermost extremities: the hands and feet.

The Senses January 26, 2017

Jeff Koons First Artist-in-Residence at Zuckerman Institute

Though artists and scientists may sometimes speak different languages, there is much they can learn from each other.

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.

Learning & Memory November 30, 2016

How Birds Learn to Sing — and What This Reveals About Human Communication

Why is the young brain so good at learning language?

Movement November 17, 2016

Thomas M. Jessell Wins Top Prize from the Society for Neuroscience

The Society for Neuroscience honored Thomas M. Jessell, PhD, with its highest award, reserved for scientists whose outstanding research has advanced the entire field.

Tools & Technology November 8, 2016

Real-Time 3D Imaging of Living Brains

Leica Microsystems to develop SCAPE microscopy.

News October 13, 2016

Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute Teams up with BioBus

New partnership aimed at bringing new educational opportunities to schools and community centers across upper Manhattan and the Bronx.

News October 11, 2016

Community Wellness Center to Open at Manhattanville

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger today announced that two Columbia University Medical Center doctors will lead a new community Wellness Center.

Learning & Memory October 5, 2016

Brain Study Reveals How Teens Learn Differently Than Adults

Columbia-led research finds adolescents’ ability to remember is closely linked to reward-learning behavior.