Neurobiology Section

The Section of Neurobiology, one of four Research Sections within the of the Department of Biological Sciences, is comprised of a vibrant community of faculty, students, postdocs and technical specialists who pursue research aimed at understanding the basic biological mechanisms and structures that underlie nervous system function, at spatial scales ranging from individual neurons and their synaptic connections to whole brain networks. Our diverse research areas include structural, computational, molecular, and behavioral neurobiology.

Laboratories are housed in the Hedco Neurosciences Building (HNB) on the USC park campus (UPC) where researchers have access to state-of-the-art equipment for investigating and analyzing neural structure and function. Our faculty collaborate dynamically with several other USC faculty-led research groups, notably with nearby groups in Molecular and Computational Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering.

Neurobiology Section faculty lead cutting-edge research programs in the following areas:

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




Neurobiology Section Head: Dr. Judith Hirsch (

Neurobiology Section Administration: Natalie Orozco (