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Our Leadership

The Harvard Brain Science Initiative (HBI) is a cross-schools initiative launched and supported by of the Office of the Provost at Harvard University.


Venki Murthy standing outside
Venkatesh Murthy, PhD
Director, Harvard Center for Brain Science;

Raymond Leo Erikson Life Sciences Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Murthy Lab Website

David Ginty, PhD

Chair, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School:

Edward R. and Anne G. Lefler Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School;

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Ginty Lab Website

Faculty Steering Committee

  • Paola Arlotta, PhD, Morris Kahn Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, FAS and HMS
  • Bruce Bean, PhD, Robert Winthrop Professor of Neurobiology, HMS
  • Randy Buckner, PhD, Professor of Psychology and of Neuroscience, FAS; 
    Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, HMS
  • Constance Cepko, PhD, Bullard Professor of Genetics and Neuroscience; 
    Professor of Ophthalmology, HMS; Investigator, HHMI
  • David Corey, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology and Bertarelli Professor of Translational Medical Science, HMS; Investigator, HHMI
  • Catherine Dulac, PhD, Samuel W. Morris University Professor, FAS; Investigator, HHMI
  • Takao Hensch, PhD, Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biology, FAS; Professor of Neurology, HMS and Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Jeff Lichtman MD, PhD, Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology; Santiago Ramon y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences, FAS
  • Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Chief Scientific Officer, McLean Hospital
  • Bernardo Sabatini, MD, PhD, Alice and Rodman W. Moorhead III Professor of Neurobiology, HMSInvestigator, HHMI
  • David Silbersweig, MD, Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry, HMS; Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, and co-director, Center for Neurosciences, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Rachel Wilson, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology, HMS; Investigator, HHMI
  • Clifford Woolf, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology & Neurobiology, HMS; Director, F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center, Boston Children’s Hospital

Banner image shows staining of striatum, courtesy of David Brann in the lab of Bob Datta