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Theory is an essential guide in the search for new knowledge. This philosophy is alive in neurosciences, yet a theory of the mind is in its infancy, and much work lies ahead. To become a leader in this space, the Grossman Center for Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior aims to build, harness, and focus academic excellence across the scientific disciplines at the University of Chicago. Computational techniques provide essential tools that organize and interpret vast neuroscience datasets and provide theoretical frameworks that bridge diverse scales of inquiry, from synapses and neurons found in all animals to the cognitive power of the human mind.

The Grossman Center will develop and expand cutting-edge quantitative methods poised to probe the nervous system and foster deep collaborations with experimental groups to test emerging theories of the brain. To accomplish this, the Grossman Center will house a team of world-class computational scientists that act as a nexus for the quantitative thought about the brain spanning the divisions and departments across the University of Chicago. 

Click here to read UChicago's official announcement of the Grossman Center for Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior.

Computational Neuroscience Venn Diagram

"From simple interactions to complex computations: UChicago scientist seeks a unifying theory of the brain"

By Briana Carroll

How fish in dark water form sensory representations of what’s around them and how mammals learn to recognize shapes on a flashcard may seem like different research questions, but for Brent Doiron, professor of neurobiology and statistics at the University of Chicago, they both come down to neurons.

Unraveling the mysteries of the brain is one of the grand scientific challenges of our time. True progress will require an unprecedented academic 'melting pot' that integrates traditions across the sciences.

Brent Doiron, PhD
The Grossman Center Executive Committee

Brent Doiron, PhD

Brent Doiron, PhD
Director, Grossman Center for Quantitative Biology
and Human Behavior
Professor, Departments of Neurobiology and Statistics

Yali Amit, PhD

Yali Amit, PhD
Professor of Statistics and Computer Science

Ruth-Anne Eatock, PhD

Ruth Anne Eatock, PhD
Professor of Neurobiology

David Freedman, PhD

David Freedman, PhD
Professor of Neurobiology
Peter Littlewood, PhD

Peter Littlewood, PhD
Professor of Physics
John Maunsell, PhD

John Maunsell, PhD
Director, Neuroscience Institute
Albert D. Lasker Professor of Neurobiology
Ste[hanie Palmer, PhD

Stephanie Palmer, PhD
Associate Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy
 

How to Find Us: 

5812 South Ellis Ave, Surgery Brain Research Institute, 4th Floor
Take a right out of the elevator. Reception is room J470.
 
if you need assistance, please give us a call at (773) 702-9802