Brandon (Brady) Weissbourd

Brandon (Brady) Weissbourd

Assistant Professor of Biology

Brady Weissbourd uses jellyfish to ask questions at the interface of nervous system evolution, development, regeneration, and function.

Education

  • Graduate: PhD, 2016, Stanford University
  • Undergraduate: BA, 2009, Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Research Summary

We use the tiny, transparent jellyfish, Clytia hemisphaerica, to ask questions at the interface of nervous system evolution, development, regeneration, and function. Our foundation is in systems neuroscience, where we use genetic and optical techniques to examine how behavior arises from the activity of networks of neurons. Building from this work, we investigate how the Clytia nervous system is so robust, both to the constant integration of newborn neurons and following large-scale injury. We then use Clytia’s dramatic evolutionary distance to ask if there are principles of neuroscience and to make inferences about the origins of nervous systems. The Weissbourd lab will open in early 2023.

Awards

  • Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 2020
  • Life Sciences Research Foundation Fellow, 2017

Key Publications

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