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.


September 3, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Owen Funk

Owen (Kwan Lab) successfully defended his thesis " The Role of Histone Variant H3.3 in Cortical Development . " on Sep 2nd, 2021.

Congratulations Owen!

July 20, 2021

"Springing forward" affects early birds less than night owls!

Dr. Margit Burmeister in collaboration with Dr. Srijan Sen and Dr. Forger and student Jonathan Tyler published an article showing that people’s genetic make-up – specifically their genes related to circadian clock and sleep – affect how fast they adjust to the DST change. People who genetically tend to be “early birds” adjust within days,