Co-Director Information

Darcy B. Kelley, PhD

Darcy Kelley is an HHMI Professor and the Harold Weintraub Chair of Biological Sciences. The research of her laboratory focuses on the neurobiology and evolution of vocal communication. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Kelley founded the Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior with John Koester, and has served as co-director of the program from its inception. She is director of the Neurobiology and Behavior training grant, directs the graduate Developmental and Systems Neuroscience Course and co-directs Experimental Approaches in the Neural Sciences. With science colleagues at Columbia, she developed a new undergraduate core course for all entering College students, Frontiers of Science. From 1985-1989, Dr. Kelley was Director of the Neural Systems and Behavior course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. Dr. Kelley has been a member of the HHMI predoctoral review committee and a member of the NST and NIH Roadmap study sections (NIH).

Carol Mason, PhD

Carol Mason joined the Columbia faculty in 1987, and is currently Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, Neuroscience and Ophthalmology. Dr. Mason's current research focuses on visual system development: how the circuit from eye to brain is established and the molecular mechanisms underlying axon guidance and cell subtype specificity. She is director of the Vision Science Training Program, and teaches Neural Development and Professional Skills for the Neuroscientist with Lloyd Greene. Dr. Mason is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Institute of Medicine, and is a past President of the Society for Neuroscience (2013-2014). In her activities in this program and through the SfN, Dr. Mason has taken a special interest in career development and in public outreach.

Ken Miller is Professor of Neuroscience and a member of the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics. He was on the faculty at UCSF for 11 years before moving to Columbia in 2004, where he co-founded Columbia's Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. Dr. Miller is a leading modeler of the primary visual cortex (V1), long one of the key model systems for understanding the function, circuitry, and development of the cerebral cortex, and works more generally on sensory cortical systems.  His research focuses on understanding the circuitry underlying functional response properties in sensory cortex, the learning mechanisms underlying the development and plasticity of this circuitry, and the computations these circuits and mechanisms perform.  Dr. Miller teaches Theoretical Neuroscience, Advanced Topics in Theoretical Neuroscience, and Responsible Conduct in Research/Policy, and is on the advisory board of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Göttingen, Germany.  

Wes Grueber is Associate Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics and Neuroscience. Dr. Grueber arrived at Columbia University in 2005 after completing postdoctoral research at UCSF. His work has contributed molecular insights into how processes from the same cell recognize each other as ‘self’ during development, a phenomenon termed self-avoidance that is essential for proper assembly of neural circuits. Together with students and collaborators his research focuses on dissecting the signals that regulate dendritic and axonal patterning, and on the organization and function of neural circuits that underlie responses to somatosensory stimuli. Dr. Grueber co-directs Intro to Neural Development and Experimental Approaches in the Neural Sciences. He is a member of the MD/PhD and MD/MS advisory committees (Columbia) and is a permanent member of the Neurodifferentiation, Plasticity, and Regeneration (NDPR) study section (NIH).  He has been a co-director of the Neurobiology and Behavior Graduate program since 2013.