The Section of Neurobiology, one of four Research Sections within the of the Department of Biological Sciences, is composed of a vibrant neuroscience community of faculty, students, postdocs 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 (HNB) on the UPC campus of USC where researchers have access to state-of-the-art equipment for analyzing neural function. The Section is located near 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 Sensory-Motor Integration
  • Systems Neuroscience


Neurobiology Section Head: Dr. Judith Hirsch (

Neurobiology Section Administration: Natalie Orozco (