Neuroscience research at UC Berkeley spans four broad research domains: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Systems Neuroscience and Animal Behavior, Human Cognitive Neuroscience, and Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience. HWNI faculty are listed below, along with their research domain(s), and key words describing their research interests.

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Hillel Adesnik Hillel Adesnik
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Hillel Adesnik

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

Research Focus: Neural basis of sensation, perception, and action.
Martin Banks Martin Banks
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Martin Banks

Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: Visual space perception and sensory combination.
Helen Bateup Helen Bateup
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Helen Bateup

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

Research Focus: Molecular basis of synapse and circuit changes associated with epilepsy and autism.
Diana Bautista Diana Bautista
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Diana Bautista

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Research Focus: Molecular mechanisms underlying the sensations of itch, touch, and pain.
George Bentley George Bentley
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George Bentley

Associate Professor of Integrative Biology

Research Focus: Neuroendocrine control of reproductive behaviors, biological rhythms, and neuroplasticity.
Sonia Bishop Sonia Bishop
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Sonia Bishop

Associate Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: Neural basis of attention, emotion, and anxiety. Individual differences in cognitive control and emotional responsivity.
Kristofer Bouchard Kristofer Bouchard
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Kristofer Bouchard

Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience

Research Focus: Functional organization and dynamic coordination of sensorimotor networks underlying learned, skilled behaviors.
Stephen Brohawn Stephen Brohawn
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Stephen Brohawn

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

Research Focus: Molecular basis of sensory transduction and electrical signaling, especially mechanosensation.
Silvia Bunge Silvia Bunge
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Silvia Bunge

Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: Neural mechanisms, development, and plasticity of higher cognitive functions in humans.
Jose Carmena Jose Carmena
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Jose Carmena

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

Research Focus: Brain-machine interface investigation of the neural basis of sensorimotor learning and control, application to neural prostheses.
Christopher Chang Christopher Chang
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Christopher Chang

Professor of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology

Research Focus: Chemical tools for imaging and optogenetics in neurobiology.
Anne Collins Anne Collins
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Anne Collins

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: Computational modeling of human learning, decision-making, and executive functions.
Mark D’Esposito Mark D’Esposito
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Mark D’Esposito

Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: Neural basis of high-level cognitive processes such as working memory and executive control.
Yang Dan Yang Dan
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Yang Dan

Professor of Neurobiology

Research Focus: Neural circuits controlling sleep; mechanisms of executive control. 
Michael DeWeese Michael DeWeese
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Michael DeWeese

Associate Professor of Physics and the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience

Research Focus: Neural mechanisms underlying auditory processing and selective attention in the cerebral cortex and artificial neural networks.
Andrew Dillin Andrew Dillin
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Andrew Dillin

Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development

Research Focus: Genetic and molecular mechanisms regulating aging and aging-related disease.
David Feinberg David Feinberg
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David Feinberg

Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience

Research Focus: MRI technology development, mapping columnar and visual circuitry, modeling neurovascular coupling.
Daniel Feldman Daniel Feldman
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Daniel Feldman

Professor of Neurobiology

Research Focus: Sensory processing and plasticity in the somatosensory cortex.
Marla Feller Marla Feller
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Marla Feller

Professor of Neurobiology

Research Focus: Functional development and organization of neural circuits in the retina.
Howard Fields Howard Fields
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Howard Fields

Professor of Neurology UCSF, Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience UC Berkeley

Research Focus: Mesolimbic circuits involved in goal directed behaviors, opioid regulation of synaptic function.
John Flannery John Flannery
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John Flannery

Professor of Neurobiology

Research Focus: Gene therapies for inherited retinal degenerations.
Darlene Francis Darlene Francis
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Darlene Francis

Associate Professor of Public Health and Neuroscience

Research Focus: Biological, psychological, and social influences on health and vulnerability to disease.
Jack Gallant Jack Gallant
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Jack Gallant

Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: Identifying cortical maps to discover how the brain represents information about the world and its own mental states.
Gian Garriga Gian Garriga
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Gian Garriga

Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development

Research Focus: Asymmetric neuroblast divisions, neuronal polarity and migrations, and axonal pathfinding during nervous system development.
Thomas Griffiths Thomas Griffiths
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Thomas Griffiths

Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: Computational models of cognition, including causality, categorization, inductive inference, and probabilistic reasoning.
Ming Hsu Ming Hsu
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Ming Hsu

Associate Professor of the Haas School of Business

Research Focus: Neural basis of economic and consumer decision-making.
Ehud Isacoff Ehud Isacoff
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Ehud Isacoff

Professor of Neurobiology

Research Focus: Mechanisms of ion channel function, synapse development, plasticity, and neural circuit function.
Richard Ivry Richard Ivry
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Richard Ivry

Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: Cognition and action, with an emphasis on how people select actions, learn skills, and produce coordinated movements.
Lucia Jacobs Lucia Jacobs
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Lucia Jacobs

Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: Cognitive strategies and olfactory cues for spatial navigation in changing environments.
William Jagust William Jagust
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William Jagust

Professor of Public Health and Neuroscience

Research Focus: Anatomic, biochemical, and neurochemical bases of brain aging and dementia.
Daniela Kaufer Daniela Kaufer
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Daniela Kaufer

Associate Professor of Integrative Biology

Research Focus: Molecular mechanisms of brain plasticity in response to stress and neurological insults.
Stanley Klein Stanley Klein
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Stanley Klein

Professor of Vision Science and Optometry

Research Focus: Psychophysical investigation of of visual processing, and the role of perceptual learning, attention and binocular interactions.
Robert Knight Robert Knight
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Robert Knight

Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: Neural coding underlying goal-directed behavior and development of brain-machine interfaces for motor and language prostheses.
Richard Kramer Richard Kramer
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Richard Kramer

Professor of Neurobiology

Research Focus: Novel chemical reagents for non-invasive optical sensing and manipulation of ion channels and synapses.
Lance Kriegsfeld Lance Kriegsfeld
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Lance Kriegsfeld

Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: Brain and endocrine regulation of circadian rhythms.
Stephan Lammel Stephan Lammel
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Stephan Lammel

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

Research Focus: Midbrain dopamine circuits in reward-based behaviors and pathological changes in addiction, depression and schizophrenia.
Dennis Levi Dennis Levi
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Dennis Levi

Professor of Vision Science and Optometry

Research Focus: Neural plasticity in human vision and recovery from amblyopia.
Chunlei Liu Chunlei Liu
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Chunlei Liu

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

Research Focus: MRI technology development for the study of neural circuits and modulation.
Evan Miller Evan Miller
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Evan Miller

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology

Research Focus: Development and application of molecular tools for studying neuroscience.
John Ngai John Ngai
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John Ngai

Professor of Neurobiology

Research Focus: Development and regeneration of the olfactory system; genomics technologies to characterize neuronal diversity in the cortex.
Bruno Olshausen Bruno Olshausen
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Bruno Olshausen

Professor of Vision Science and Optometry

Research Focus: Computational models of sensory coding and visual perception.
Geoff Owen Geoff Owen
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Geoff Owen

Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology

Research Focus: Comprehensive theory of retinal image processing.
Mu-ming Poo Mu-ming Poo
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Mu-ming Poo

Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology

Research Focus: Formation and plasticity of synapses, and activity-dependent modification of neural circuits.
Kaoru Saijo Kaoru Saijo
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Kaoru Saijo

Assistant Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis

Research Focus: Microglial cell maintenance of homeostasis in the brain and deregulation in disease.
David Schaffer David Schaffer
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David Schaffer

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Research Focus: Engineering stem cell and gene therapeutics.
Kristin Scott Kristin Scott
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Kristin Scott

Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development

Research Focus: Taste detection, processing, and behaviors.
Arthur Shimamura Arthur Shimamura
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Arthur Shimamura

Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Research Focus: Human memory in learning and aging; how movies drive our sensory, conceptual, and emotional processes.
Michael Silver Michael Silver
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Michael Silver

Associate Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: Neurophysiological and neurochemical substrates of human visual perception, attention, and learning.
Friedrich Sommer Friedrich Sommer
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Friedrich Sommer

Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience

Research Focus: Theoretical principles of learning and perception.
Mark Tanouye Mark Tanouye
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Mark Tanouye

Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Research Focus: Novel genetic approaches to study the causes of epilepsy and other nervous system disorders.
Frédéric Theunissen Frédéric Theunissen
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Frédéric Theunissen

Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: Perception of complex sounds.
Matthew Walker Matthew Walker
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Matthew Walker

Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: The impact of sleep on human health and disease.
Jonathan Wallis Jonathan Wallis
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Jonathan Wallis

Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: Neuronal mechanisms underlying high-level cognitive and behavioral processes.
Gerald Westheimer Gerald Westheimer
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Gerald Westheimer

Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology

Research Focus: Perceptual learning in spatial visual tasks.
David Whitney David Whitney
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David Whitney

Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: Visual perception and attention.
Linda Wilbrecht Linda Wilbrecht
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Linda Wilbrecht

Associate Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: Experience dependent plasticity and the development of circuits involved in value based decision making.
Ke Xu Ke Xu
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Ke Xu

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Research Focus: Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy to interrogate cellular processes at the nanoscale.
Michael Yartsev Michael Yartsev
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Michael Yartsev

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Neuroscience, and the Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Research Focus: Neural basis of complex spatial and acoustic behaviors.
Bob Zucker Bob Zucker
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Bob Zucker

Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology

Research Focus: Mechanisms underlying regulation of synaptic transmission.