WiGH? #18: Mapping the Brain, One Neuron at a Time

Rafael Yuste, Ph.D

In Episode #18 of WiGH?, Aishwarya Raja speaks with Dr. Rafael Yuste of the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. Dr. Yuste discusses his unique approach to mapping the active human brain through a process called reverse-engineering.

“The cerebral cortex is the largest part of the brain and it is still not understood. Our approach is distinct in that we are trying to understand the cortical circuit by taking it apart and looking at it as if it were an electronic circuit.” – Rafael Yuste

Dr. Rafael Yuste is an HHMI Investigator and the co-director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Circuits at Columbia University. He is currently the leader of the Brain Activity Map Project, a large-scale endeavor initiated by the Obama administration with the aim of creating a complete map of neural activity and pathological processes in the brain.

Aishwarya Raja, Eric Wei and Karen Gambina contributed to this episode.

Photo: Columbia University Department of Biological Sciences

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