The Neural Circuits Lab

Location and Contact Information

Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 87
Kolb Annex, Room 136
New York, NY 10032
United States

Principal Investigators

The Neural Circuits Lab investigates the neural circuitry underlying psychiatric disorders by recording and manipulating neural activity in mouse models. Founded by Joshua Gordon MD, PhD, the lab focuses on animal models of schizophrenia, anxiety and depression using neural circuit activity in awake behaving mice. With Dr. Gordon's departure to direct the NIMH, the lab maintains an active research program with the leadership of Alexander Harris, MD, PhD and the post-doctoral researchers, Atheir Abbas MD, PhD, Alan Park PhD, and Piray Atsak PhD.

Lab Members

  • Atheir Abbas, MD, PhD

    Post-Doctoral Researcher

  • Alan Park, PhD

    Post-Doctoral Researcher

  • Piray Atsak, PhD

    Post-Doctoral Researcher

  • Zachary Bretton

    Lab Technician

  • Daniel Lowes

    Graduate Student

Select Publications

  • Untangling Autism - Visit PubMed for more information.

  • Developmental Inhibition of Gsk3 Rescues Behavioral and Neurophysiological Deficits in a Mouse Model of Schizophrenia PredispositionDevelopmental Inhibition of Gsk3 Rescues Behavioral and Neurophysiological Deficits in a Mouse Model of Schizophrenia Predisposition - Visit PubMed for more information.

  • Direct Ventral Hippocampal-Prefrontal Input is Required for Anxiety-Related Neural Activity and Behavior - Visit PubMed for more information.

  • Hippocampal-Prefrontal Input Supports Spatial Encoding in Working Memory - Visit PubMed for more information.

  • Fear and Safety Engage Competing Patterns of Theta-Gamma Coupling in the Basolateral AmygdalaFear and Safety Engage Competing Patterns of Theta-Gamma Coupling in the Basolateral Amygdala - Visit PubMed for more information.

  • Prefrontal Entrainment of Amygdala Activity Signals Safety in Learned Fear and Innate Anxiety - Visit PubMed for more information.