The goal of the Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at Yale University (KIN) is to elucidate nervous system development and function. Ultimately, we seek to understand how synaptic circuits form, embody knowledge of the outside world, and combine that knowledge with past experience and future goals to generate behavior. To address these questions, our investigators develop and apply novel approaches and state-of-the-art methodologies to the study of neural cells and systems to advance our understanding of the human brain and of its dysfunction in disease. A multidisciplinary research strategy, ranging from genetics and cell biology to behavior, is used to explore the development, maintenance, and operation of the circuits underlying diverse neural operations – from perception, to memory, decision, and action.

KIN promotes interdisciplinary neuroscience research and collaborations, leveraging the skills and expertise of Yale’s scientists spanning departments, including neuroscience, cell biology, genetics, molecular biophysics and biochemistry, and psychiatry. To meet these goals, we support a variety of initiatives to fund (grants and fellowships), facilitate (core research services), and disseminate (lectures and workshops) innovative neuroscience research.


Director Pietro De Camilli, MD
John Klingenstein Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Cell Biology; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Chair, Department of Neuroscience; Director, Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair (CNNR)
Deputy Director Marina Picciotto, PhD
Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology; Deputy Chair for Basic Science Research, Dept. of Psychiatry
Managing Director Candace Bichsel Tebbenkamp, PhD
Director Scientific Communications, Department of Neuroscience