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The Section of Neurobiology of the Department of Biological Sciences is composed of a vibrant neuroscience community of faculty, students, post docs and technical specialists who pursue research aimed at understanding the basic biological mechanisms that underlie neuron and brain function. Areas of investigation span the range from structural biology to neural gene expression and neural network analysis.

Laboratories in the section are housed in the HEDCO Neuroscience Building on the UPC campus of USC where researchers have access to state of the art equipment for analyzing neural function. The Section is located in close proximity to the laboratories of faculty in Molecular and Computational Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Engineering, with whom we have formed many fruitful collaborations.

Our faculty maintain cutting-edge research programs that encompass the following areas:

  • Behavior, Learning and Memory
  • Cell Biology and Physiology of Neuronal Signaling
  • Development, Disease and Repair
  • Sensory Processing and Sensori-Motor Integration
  • Systems Neuroscience

Neurobiology Section Head: David McKemy

Section News

Dickman named a Klingenstein-Simons Neuroscience Fellow

Swanson lab unveils brain map app

 USC scientists have built Golgi, an interactive map of a rat brain that makes exploring the brain as easy as using Google Maps. The new Web app, unveiled today, offers details at the click of a button about how the regions of the brain communicate and interact. 

Try it here

$9.7M TR01 awarded to Don Arnold, Scott Fraser & Carl Kesselman

The five-year $9.7 million award will allow researchers to explore how the brain stores information. The experiments will use probes developed by the Arnold laboratory, in collaboration with Richard Roberts from the Department of Chemistry at USC Dornsife, to light up synapses in living animals.

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Dion Dickman wins Mallinkrodt

Dion Dickman was awarded a three year, $180,000 grant from the Mallinkrodt Foundation. 

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Andrew Hires awarded BSF grant

Andrew Hires was awarded a 4-year $189,000 grant from the US-Isreal Binational Science Foundation to study neural coding in layer 4 of somatosensory cortex, in collaboration with Prof. David Golomb and Karel Svoboda.

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Dion Dickman wins Whitehall

Dion Dickman was awarded a three year, $225,000 grant from the Whitehall Foundation 

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