Current Team

My goal is to understand how the brain allows us to sense, evaluate and respond to the world around us. We are actively working on methods to re-wire and repair eye-to-brain connections in common blinding diseases such as glaucoma. A second line of work deals with visually-evoked emotions and how perception combines with internal states to drive behavior.


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Andrew D. Huberman, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator/Lab Head


My goal is to understand the neural circuits for visually evoked empathy.


Currently I am focusing on where in the brain empathy stems from and how this trait is represented in the brain as an action-inducing neural circuit.


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My goal is to understand the molecular and cellular signals that promote regeneration of visual circuits after injury. I aim to do so by: 1) understanding how developmental mechanisms, such as axon guidance, establish precise connections from the retina to the brain 2) study how their expression patterns change in adults and 3) develop tools to reactivate these cues after injury


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My goal is to learn more lab skills and also gain a better understanding of how visual circuits work. Currently I work with Dr. Supraja Varadarajan in her research to regenerate visual circuits. I am doing neuroanatomical work and behavioral measures, and learning data analysis and statistical approaches.


Supraja Varadarajan, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Phung Le

Undergraduate Student,
B.S. Candidate Biology 2020



Heekyung Jung, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

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.


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My goal is to understand how visual information in the world around us is detected and processed on its way from the eye to the brain at the level of cells and neural circuits.


I use molecular and genetic tools to trace specific neural circuits throughout the visual system and then manipulate them to understand how they contribute to discrete computations performed by the brain.


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I am learning to design and carry out experiments with genetic tools to control neuronal activity such as optogenetics and DREADDS. Currently I work with Dr. Heekyung Jung to understand the neural circuits for visually evoked contagion/empathy. I do histology and visual behavior analysis. I am also learning data analysis and statistics.


Benjamin Stafford, Ph.D.

Project Scientist

Jasmine Heu

Undergraduate Student,
B.S. Candidate Biology 2020



Melis Yilmaz Balban, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

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 sleep 9 hours a night and 8 hours a day, and in between eat steak, run and make sure everyone in the Huberman Lab remembers that bulldogs are the best breed. I was born in Wilmington (port of Los Angeles), raised in San Diego and Oakland. I am afraid of nothing, kind to everyone and my partner’s name is Rory (Sphynx cat).


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

Costello Huberman

Lab Mascot

Onkar Dhande, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Huberman Lab

Department of Neurobiology

Stanford School of Medicine