Michigan Neuroscience Institute



Our Mission


The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. Understanding its complexities – both normally and in disease – requires teams of scientists employing a broad range of research methods. 

 The Michigan Neuroscience Institute (MNI) brings together investigators from across the University of Michigan campus to probe the mysteries of the brain on a cellular, molecular, and behavioral level.   

The MNI cultivates a collaborative, inclusive, and diverse environment to support established neuroscientists and those in training as they strive to better understand the nervous system and to, ultimately, improve lives.


June 18, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Amanda White

Amanda (Debiec Lab) successfully defended her thesis " Maternal Buffering of Infant’s Fear In Typically Developing Rats and In A Rat Model for A Psychiatric Disorder." on June 17, 2021.

Congratulations Amanda!

June 17, 2021

Clowney named 2021 Pew Scholar

E. Josephine Clowney, Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Director of the Kavli Neuroscience Innovators, joins 1,000 early career scientists as a Pew Scholar. Clowney will use this opportunity to focus on unraveling how female and male brain development are programmed to allow sex-specific behaviors.

June 7, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Alex Chen

Alex (Sutton Lab) successfully defended his thesis " Homeostatic metaplasticity in hippocampal neuronal networks. " on June 7, 2021.

June 4, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Jacqueline Quigley

Jacque (Becker Lab) successfully defended her thesis " Sex Differences in the Role of GPER1 in the Dorsolateral Striatum on Motivation and Reward " on June 4, 2021.

Jacque will be staying in Becker lab as a post-doc for the next year.