Current Team

My goal is to understand how the eye and brain allow us to see and respond to the world around us.


I also aim to understand how those circuits develop, and how to re-wire and repair them after injury or disease.


I have been working on the visual system for ~20 years. My goals for the next decade are i) to find a cure for glaucoma and ii) to develop protocols for reversing pathologic stress and trauma.


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Andrew D. Huberman, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator/Lab Head


My goal is to understand how emotions are linked to visual experiences.


Currently I am focusing on how the brain represents the significance of specific faces and body postures and the circuit mechanisms for adjusting those representations.


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My goal is to understand visual fear: where in the brain it occurs and where and how it becomes linked to pathological states such as PTSD and trauma.


I am doing this work in humans, using state-of-the-art brain imaging, measures of autonomic arousal and custom virtual reality platforms.

My goal is to understand the relationship between neuronal activity occuring in specific cells and circuits, with perception and decision making.


As a Neurosurgeon, I probe these questions in the living human brain, for purposes of understanding normal brain function and for treating disease.


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Matt MacDougall

M.D. (Neurosurgery)

Heekyung Jung, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Melis Yilmaz Balban, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

My goal is to reverse vision loss in diseases that cause blindness or after injury.


To do this, I am designing custom virtual-reality-based visual stimulation protocols to deliver alone and in concert with gene therapy to humans suffering from vision loss.


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My goal is to understand how the visual system wires up during development and how to “re-wire” connections accurately after injury.


More specifically, I am testing whether, after injury, specific gene therapy approaches can be used to re-establish eye-to-brain connections in a way that allows them to create accurate visual perceptions and behaviors.


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My goal is to understand how the brain forms accurate connections during development and the neural circuits that reflect autonomic arousal.


I use molecular genetic tools, physiology and study visual behavior.


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My goal is to understand how the brain controls visually-evoked fear.


I am identifying the specific areas and circuits in the brain where fear resides and where fear responses can be modified.


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I am responsible for Lab Management and Operations. I am the contact for: Health and Safety, facilities, maintenance, space management and operations. I manage lab equipment, contracts, order and stock supplies and process and monitor financial transactions. I assist with organizing animal protocols, teaching materials, grant proposals, maintenance of the lab website and more.


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My goal is to understand the structure of retinal ganglion cells, the cells that link the eye to the brain and how that impacts their health and function.


More specifically, I want to identify clinically-relevant biomarkers of neurodegeneration in diseases that cause blindness, such as glaucoma as way to develop novel treatments for this common and debilitating disease.


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My goal is to understand the development of visual pathways controlling specific light-driven behaviors, such as eye movements, circadian entrainment and the detection of object motion.


I am also developing molecular and genetic tools to probe the homology and evolution of visual circuits across organisms, including humans. In addition to shedding light on evolution, these tools may prove useful for treating visual dysfunctions and efforts to reverse blindness.


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Lindsey Salay

Ph.D. Student

Gary Holl

Lab Operations Manager & Admin

Tania Seabrook, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Bireswar Laha, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Rana El-Danaf, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Onkar Dhande, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Nao Ishiko

Research Associate

Huberman Lab

Department of Neurobiology

Stanford School of Medicine

299 Campus Drive West, Stanford, CA 94305