Princeton faculty member Andrew Leifer is among 60 researchers nationwide to receive 2019 New Innovator Awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The awards are part of the NIH Common Fund’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program, which supports investigators pursuing highly innovative, high-impact biomedical and behavioral research.
Leifer's laboratory uses novel optical methods to manipulate and monitor brain-wide neural activity in the nematode C. elegans to reveal the interplay between neural dynamics, neural connectivity, and animal behavior. He is an investigator in the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain and a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award.
Leifer was part of a team that developed an instrument to allow researchers to capture 3-D recordings of neural activity in nearly the entire brain of C. elegans.
Project Title: Probing Brain-Wide Functional Connectivity During Behavior