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Zebrafish brains open doors to all brains. By: Krishna Ramanujan, Cornell Chronicle

Cornell Neurotech launched with multimillion dollar gift CONGRATULATIONS Joe!

David Bulkin, postdoc in the Warden Lab, has been awarded a 2015 Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Dr. Bulkin will investigate the neural underpinnings of depression with a novel optical technology to observe neurons. Pairing calcium indicators with a lens implanted deep into the brain, Dr. Bulkin can measure the activity of neurons optically with a miniature microscope and determine how they change during behaviors relevant to depression.

Jesse Goldberg and Melissa Warden have been awarded 2015 NIH Director's New Innovator Awards. These awards are highly selective and prestigious: 41 were given this year, 9 of which were in the general area of Neuroscience. As you can see in the following link, Jesse and Melissa are part of a very impressive group of young scientists:

Tenture-track position as Assistant Professor
of Neurobiology

The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior (NBB) invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Neurobiology.  Applicants must have a PhD and investigate the neuronal basis of behavior. The individual will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded, internationally recognized research program and to participate and excel in NBB’s undergraduate and graduate teaching programs.

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Questions about the search can be directed to Prof. Joseph Fetcho, Chair, Search Committee, NBB, Seeley G. Mudd Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853–2702 (  Review of applications begins November 15, 2015.

Diversity and Inclusion are parts of Cornell University’s heritage. Cornell is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.


Turnell, B. R. and Shaw, K. L. 2015; High opportunity for postcopulatory sexual selection under field conditions

Michael J. Sheehan and Thore J. Bergman 2015;
Is there an evolutionary trade-off between quality signaling and social recognition?

Ni Y. Feng, Daniel J. Fergus, Andrew H. Bass 2015; Neural transcriptome reveals molecular mechanisms for temporal control of vocalization across multiple timescales

Jay J. Falk, Hannah M. ter Hofstede, Patricia L. Jones, Marjorie M. Dixon, Paul A. Faure, Elisabeth K. V. Kalko, Rachel A. Page 2015; Sensory-based niche partitioning in a multiple predator–multiple prey community

Please see write-up in the Washington Post:




Alumni and Faculty have teamed up to establish an endowment that will have a lasting impact on graduate student research in Neurobiology and Behavior. This endowment generates funds devoted exclusively to supporting our in-house program of Research Grants for graduate students, and we need your help to grow it.

Make a tax-deductible donation today!


Why Students Choose NBB! click on link to watch movie

Their will be no NBB Seminar - Thurs. Nov. 26, 2015; Thanksgiving

NBB Seminar - Thurs. Dec. 3, 2015; 12:30 - Karen Kapheim;Causes and Consequences fo Social Evolution in Bees.

Lunch Bunch Journal Club - Tues. Nov. 24, 2015; 12:20PM
Mingzi Xu; Towards unraveling the genetic architecture underlying song-preference covariation in Laupala crickets.

Topics in Neural Basis of Behavior - Fri. Nov. 20, 2015 -
Joe Fetcho; A Spinal Opsin Controls Early Neural Activity and Drives a Behavioral Light Response.




The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior (NB&B) has a distinguished faculty with interests ranging from the intrinsic properties of neurons to the organization of animal societies. Research in the Department falls into five overlapping core areas: cellular and molecular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, computational neuroscience, chemical ecology, and animal social behavior.  The Department offers a broad range of courses and research opportunities, making it the most popular biology concentration at Cornell.

The associated Graduate Field of Neurobiology and Behavior encompasses all aspects of neurobiological and behavioral research on Cornell’s Ithaca campus.  The graduate program's goal is to advance the understanding of neurobiology and behavior by training the next generation of scientists working at this exciting interface.