Mapping brain function, safer autonomous vehicles are focus of Schmidt Transformative Technology fund
May 10, 2024

Mala Murthy and Andrew Leifer awarded funding through Princeton’s Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund to map the function of the brain’s neuronal network in unprecedented detail.

Adelaide Minerva Awarded Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowship
April 12, 2024

Adelaide Minerva has been selected to receive the Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowship for the 2024-25 academic year. This prestigious honorific fellowship reflects the Graduate School’s exceptionally high opinion of Addie's scholarship. Addie is a 5th year graduate student in the Peña and Witten Labs, using both single-nucleus RNA…

Seven PNI Graduate Students Recognized by National Science Foundation
April 11, 2024

Congratulations to PNI graduate students who have received NSF Awards and Honorable Mentions:


Iain Declan Campbell (Cohen lab)

Jovian Cheung (Falkner/Peña labs)

Yousuf El-Jayyousi (Witten/Pillow labs)

Sae Yokoyama (Falkner lab)

Iman Wahle (Engel lab)


New research distinguishes aggressive action versus motivation in the brain
April 8, 2024

Exciting new work published in Nature Neuroscience by Minakuchi and colleagues from the Falkner lab shows how separate inputs into a single brain region can independently affect aggression. Specifically, it explores the role of inputs into a part of the mouse hypothalamus …

New research sheds light on how the brain learns to control attention and flexibly adapt to new environments
Feb. 23, 2024

Our brain is bombarded with information every day. Imagine standing in Times Square in New York City, with its flood of sights, sounds, and smells. According to one estimate, we receive about 11 million bits of information per second, which is about the same amount of information needed to stream a high-definition movie. Acting in this world –…

Princeton’s world-class microscopes are making a giant impact in the realm of the minuscule
Feb. 1, 2024

Princeton scientists are peering into the smallest corners of matter using an exceptional collection of sophisticated microscopes — some so big they fill a room. These remarkable instruments have established the University as a world leader in microscopy and led to countless discoveries.

Shared Representations of Food and Social Stimuli in Mouse Dopamine Neurons
Nov. 28, 2023

New research from the Witten and Peña labs at PNI explores the possibility that food and social motivations can interact at a cellular level.Animals are motivated by a combination of external and internal factors, which together promote behaviors that…

Unraveling the mysteries of the brain with the help of a worm
Nov. 2, 2023

Research led by PNI's Andy Leifer has provided thus far the most comprehensive description of how signals flow through the brain. The findings could provide new information that helps advance our understanding of how neurons work together as interacting components to process information.

PNI among the recipients for the Provost and Dean for Research Transformative Equipment Initiative
Oct. 26, 2023

Five new instruments that will unlock discoveries across the sciences and engineering have been selected to receive funding through the Provost and Dean for Research Transformative Equipment Initiative.

PNI investigator participates in quest to map cellular diversity of the brain
Oct. 16, 2023

Assistant Professor Fenna Krienen participated in an international consortium, funded by the BRAIN Initiative, to uncover cellular diversity in human and nonhuman primate brains.

Fruit fly serenade: Princeton neuroscientists decode the tiny creatures’ mating song
Oct. 12, 2023

The latest exploration of music in the natural world is taking place in Mala Murthy’s lab at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

Two Princeton Investigators receive NIH BRAIN Connects grant to map mouse brain
Oct. 4, 2023

David Tank and Sebastian Seung, are among a group working to develop technologies to map the connections across the brain.