MIT Neuroscience

MIT has numerous academic and research programs related to neuroscience. Key institutions include the Department of Brain, and Cognitive Sciences, Department of Biological Engineering, and the MIT Media Lab.

Important neuroscience related centers include: Center for Neurobiological Engineering (CNBE); McGovern Institute Neurotechnology (MINT) program; Simons Center for the Social Brain (SCSB); Synthetic Biology Center;Picower Center for Learning and Memory; and the Martinos Imaging Center at MIT.

Brain and Cognitive Science Centre. 400,000 square feet facilty devoted to neuroscience.

Brain and Cognitive Science Centre. 400,000 square feet facilty devoted to neuroscience.

Web Information

Brain Initiative Grant 
– “Advancing MRI & MRS Technologies for Studying Human Brain Function and Energetics”
Brain Initiative Grant – “Novel technologies for nontoxic transsynaptic tracing”“Novel technologies for nontoxic transsynaptic tracing”
Brain Initiative Grant – “Ultra-Multiplexed Nanoscale In Situ Proteomics for Understanding Synapse Types”
Brain Initiative Grant – “Calcium sensors for molecular fMRI”
Brain Initiative Grant – “Next generation high-throughput random access imaging, in vivo”
Brain Initiative Grant – “Cortical circuits and information flow during memory-guided perceptual decisions”

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Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Undergraduate program

Graduate program

Postdoctoral Program

Open Courseware


48 faculty members,over 200 graduate & undergraduate students, 180 researchers and post-docs and 36 staff

Department Head: James Dicarlo, PhD

Department of Biological Engineering

Academic Programs


MIT Media Lab



Research Centers 

Center for Neurobiological Engineering (CNBE)

MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering

MIT launches the Center for Neurobiological Engineering

Press release from MIT News on August 27, 2013 (excerpt below)

The Center for Neurobiological Engineering (CNBE) will connect the efforts of researchers from approximately 20 labs across campus, as well as faculty from more than a dozen academic departments, institutes and other units.

“To address the complexity of the brain, new technologies are needed to map, control, repair and build brain circuits,” says Alan Jasanoff, an associate professor of biological engineering, brain and cognitive sciences, and nuclear science and engineering, who will co-direct the center with Ed Boyden, an associate professor of biological engineering and brain and cognitive sciences and at the MIT Media Lab and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. “By bringing together many different disciplines to exchange ideas and generate new inventions, we might solve major problems in brain science — and help better treat the roughly 1 billion people living with neurological and psychiatric disorders.”

The Center advocates:

  1. Creation of next-generation tools for comprehensive and systematic experimental investigation of the nervous system.
  2. Strategies for engineering neurons, neural tissue, and their interactions with other cells, devices, and prosthetics.
  3. Novel engineering-based strategies for the analysis of neural systems and data.
  4. Education and exchange of ideas at the interfaces between neurobiology and engineering.

The Neurotechnology Exchange will host a growing collection of video tutorials and educational materials on this website, to help end users to learn how to access and utilize technologies created by MIT CNBE groups. MIT CNBE laboratories also welcome visitors  to learn firsthand how select neurotechnologies are used.

MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering

From MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering website

McGovern Institute Neurotechnology (MINT) program

Simons Center for the Social Brain (SCSB)

Synthetic Biology Center

Picower Center for Learning and Memory

Martinos Imaging Center at MIT


MIT Press/Neuroscience 

Neuroscience Books

Neurotech 2014 Symposium

Inaugural Neurotech conference November 4, 2014 featuring…

Polina Anikeeva, MIT
Valentina Emiliani, CNRS Paris Descartes
Paola Arlotta, Harvard University
Jamie Tyler, Thync, Inc
Adam Cohen, Harvard University
Lihong Wang, Washington University
Winfried Denk, MPI Heidelberg
Hongkui Zeng, Allen Institute

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