Yale UniversityKavli Institute for Neuroscience

Elucidating nervous system development and function in health and disease

The Kavli Institute for Neuroscience (KIN) focuses on developing and applying innovative approaches and state-of-the-art methodologies to the study of neural cells and systems towards increasing our understanding of the human brain. A multidisciplinary research strategy, ranging from genetics and cell biology to behavior, is used to explore the development, maintenance, and operation of synaptic connections and circuits underlying diverse neural operations – from perception, to memory, decision, and action. Central to this mission is understanding mechanisms underlying disorders of the nervous system such as those associated with neurodegenerative disease.

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Stephen Strittmatter

Director, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

Marina Picciotto

Deputy Director, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience


  • How do adaptations of basic cellular mechanisms support brain function?
  • How does disruption of these mechanisms result in disease?
  • How do genes encode neural circuits?
  • How do neural circuits develop, function, and undergo changes?
  • How do neural circuits make decisions and generate behavior?
  • How are neurons and circuits repaired after injury?

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