Welcome to the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School!
In 1966, Stephen W. Kuffler, together with Nobel Prize winners David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel, as well as Ed Kravitz, Ed Furshpan, and David Potter, founded the department and introduced a new field of scientific discovery called Neurobiology that combined methods of physiology, biochemistry, histology, neuroanatomy, and electron microscopy to study the development and function of the nervous system. (Read here to learn about our recent 50th anniversary celebration) The legacy of this interdisciplinary approach continues today in our over 30 research laboratories that study neuroscience at the molecular, cellular, circuit and systems levels, and use approaches that are both curiosity-based as well as translatable to diseases of the nervous system. Our mission to educate and train the next generation of neuroscientists is supported by graduate programs at Harvard including the Program in Neuroscience (PiN), the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program, and others. Our faculty actively participate in teaching the PiN curriculum and mentor trainees in their labs. We have a Neuro Postdoc Club that offers postdocs a way to meet postdocs in other labs through career development activities, social gatherings, and scientific presentations. The department was instrumental in establishing the Harvard Brain Science Initiative in 2014 to unite neuroscience research efforts across Harvard – from our department to neighboring departments on the HMS quadrangle to departments in the Harvard-affiliated hospitals to the Center for Brain Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. This important initiative has attracted philanthropic support to fund collaborative research efforts, as well as social and scientific gatherings that bring together neuroscientists from all corners of Harvard University.