Issue 12: February 2021

Neural Networking

With the opening of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building, Caltech students and faculty who seek to understand the intricacies of the brain’s structure and function have a vital new hub for interdisciplinary research. The 150,000-square foot building, a bright, open space with floor-to-ceiling windows, houses research and teaching laboratories, a neurotechnology lab, and a 150-seat lecture hall. As headquarters for the Chen Institute for Neuroscience at Caltech, which reaches across Caltech’s six academic divisions, the new building promises to become an “idea factory” where advances in fundamental science will transform into knowledge that can help humanity.


A New Hub for Brain Research

In this video, Caltech researchers talk about how the new Chen Neuroscience Research Building will increase collaboration and open doors to new discoveries about the brain.


Sleep with the Zebrafishes

Caltech’s David Prober is interested in how the brain regulates sleep. With zebrafish as his model, he has made several breakthrough discoveries about this still-mysterious state. With access to new research facilities and technology, his lab’s move into the new Chen Neuroscience Research Building could open the door to many more.


Many Pathways into the Brain

The Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience officially moved into its new building on the Caltech campus in January 2021. Since the institute was inaugurated in 2016, however, researchers from a wide variety of disciplines and interests have been affiliated with Chen, including these five graduate students.


A Universe of Complexity

Artist and neuroscientist Greg Dunn on his quest to convey the grandeur and intricacy of the human brain.


How to Build a Better Fly Feeder

Daniel Wagenaar (PhD ’06), director of Caltech’s Kevin Xu Neurotechnology Lab, recounts how the lab came into existence and describes some of the myriad projects he has worked on with Caltech scientists.

Short Takes

Role Models

Chen researchers talk about the work being done by the scientists they find inspiring.

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on Guruprasad Raghavan

Steve Mayo (PhD ’87)
on Richard Andersen and Mikhail Shapiro

Viviana Gradinaru (BS ’05)
on Lindsay Bremner and Daniel Wagenaar

Colin Camerer
on Mike Tyszka

Long Cai
on Michael Elowitz, Viviana Gradinaru, Mitch Guttman,
David Anderson, and Doris Tsao

Doris Tsao
on Joe Parker

Ralph Adolphs (PhD ’93)
on David Anderson