Faculty and Research


The mentors at Columbia that participate in the Neurobiology and Behavior training program are both exceptionally accomplished and highly collegial.  A spirit of cooperation and collaboration transcends departmental, geographical, and disciplinary boundaries.  Learn more about faculty research interests by exploring these pages.  Faculty mentors can be browsed by name or by research area. Research interests of recently hired Columbia faculty are described here


Research Initiatives

The breadth of opportunity in our program is enhanced by the fact that faculty mentors in the program have appointments across several different university departments. In addition, most faculty members belong to one or more neuroscience-related centers or institutes enhancing collaborative research within subfields of neuroscience. They include: the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience; the Kavli Institute for Brain Science (neural circuit analysis); the Lieber Center for Schizophrenia Research; the Mahoney-Keck Center for Brain and Behavior (systems and cognitive neuroscience); the Center for Motor Neuron Biology and Disease; the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology; and the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain.

As we look toward the future of Neuroscience, the Neurobiology and Behavior program will benefit from a number of exciting new initiatives.

The Columbia Zuckerman Institute will build upon Columbia’s existing strengths in the biological and physical sciences, supplement its medical training, and link the neuroscience research communities on the Morningside Heights and Washington Heights campuses. Many of the Institute’s principal investigators will be located within the 450,000 square-foot Jerome L. Greene Science Center, which is now opened on the University’s new Manhattanville campus.

The Columbia Stem Cell Initiative conjoins over 100 stem cell researchers from all of Columbia’s departments, centers and campuses, with a focus on stem cells from different tissues and organs.

The newly-launched Columbia Translational Neuroscience Initiative aims to unite the community of neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center and form a collaborative union that can readily translate scientific research into useful clinical applications.

The Grossman Center for the Statistics of Mind aims to study the brain by applying quantitative methods to reveal structure and function from large neural datasets.

All of these organizations provide rich opportunities for graduate research, including collaborations within and outside of Columbia and seminars by visiting scientists