Neuroscience research at NYU includes work at the genetic, molecular, cellular, developmental, systems, cognitive, behavioral, and computational levels. The breadth and depth of our training program arises from two cooperative centers: the Center for Neural Science (CNS) located at the Washington Square campus and the Neuroscience Institute (NI) found at the School of Medicine. Please see below for more information on our faculty working in each field, highlighting the core members of our program.
Neurogenetics & Genomics
Neuroscientists at NYU use integrative approaches, including biochemistry, DNA and RNA sequencing and computational modeling, to better understand the structure and function of genes in both health and disease.
Cellular & Molecular Neurobiology
Researchers at NYU use cutting edge techniques, including electrophysiology, fluorescence microscopy and transgenic models, to study the electrical and intracellular signaling properties of both neurons and glia.
NYU neuroscientists are at the forefront of studying neuronal interactions within and between brain regions, using an array of technologies such as electrophysiology and 2-photon microscopy, often combined with behavior.
Sensation, Perception & Movement
Neuroscientists across NYU are working to understand the processes of sensing, interpreting, and acting on stimuli in the environment. Using cutting-edge techniques and novel tools, our scientists ask how we decode odors, maintain balance, perceive texture and faces, and learn vocalizations.
Learning, Memory & Development
Neuroplasticity can account for much of learning, memory and development. Neuroscientists at NYU are studying how we learn and remember information over time using a myriad of approaches, including electrophysiology, imaging, and genetic sequencing and manipulations.
Motivation, Emotion & Behavioral State
Emotions are complex physiological and psychological states that drive many of our actions and behaviors. Researchers at NYU investigate how emotions arise and impact behavior using many different approaches, including genetic engineering, tracing, and functional magnetic resonance imaging techniques.
Executive Function & Cognition
The brain gives rise to our thoughts, decisions, and sense of self. At levels of analysis ranging from molecules to humans, researchers at NYU reveal the neural substrates that underlie higher order mental processes such a consciousness, judgement and decision making, attention, working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility.
Computational modeling can help us to understand and make predictions about molecules, cells, circuits, systems, cognition, and behavior. Often working in parallel with experimentalists, computational neuroscientists continually refine their models and make testable predictions about how the brain works.
Researchers at NYU are investigating disorders of the nervous system, including neurodegenerative, neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders.