Molecular and Cellular

Picower Institute scientists probe the role of genes, proteins and molecules in the physiology and action of neurons and glia, including how synaptic connections change. To learn more about these or other areas of inquiry, select them under Research Topics and you'll find relevant Picower people, discoveries and events.

Weifeng Xu

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Weifeng Xu received her PhD in neuroscience from Brown University then completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University Medical Center. In 2009, she joined the Picower Institute and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT.

Study shows where brain transforms seeing into acting

July 3, 2018
Research Findings

Protein pair quickly makes memories of new places

June 4, 2018
Research Findings
Encountering novel contexts cues the brain to churn out neurogranin

Study IDs important role for specific gene in 16p11.2 deletion autism

March 20, 2018
Research Findings
Study finds MVP protein needed for homeostatic plasticity

At AAAS, Brown explains how statistics, neuroscience improve anesthesiology

February 16, 2018
At the lectern
Putting the brain at the center of practice

Recalculating time: A novel algorithm enables statistical analysis of time series data

December 21, 2017
Research findings
MIT researchers have developed a novel approach to analyzing time series data sets using a new algorithm, termed state-space multitaper time-frequency analysis

Kay Tye receives NIH Pioneer Award

October 5, 2017
The award will be used to map the neural circuitry of social interactions and develop a mathematical model for complex group behaviors.

The neural circuits of linked brain waves

September 27, 2017
Research Findings
Neuroscientists identify a brain circuit that generates brain waves carrying spatial information

Blocking a key enzyme may reverse memory loss

August 8, 2017
Research Findings
MIT study suggests a new approach to developing treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

Four MIT faculty elected 2016 AAAS Fellows

November 21, 2016
Green, Ketterle, Nedivi, and Shrobe are among those recognized for their efforts toward advancing science.

Kwanghun Chung receives NIH New Innovator Award

October 13, 2016
Award will support the development of technologies that can enable a better understanding of complex biological systems.

Decoding hidden dreams

August 30, 2016
Research Findings
Neuroscientists decrypt the sleeping brain to reveal hidden memories.