Aging Brain Initiative faculty

A campuswide collaboration

The Aging Brain Initiative is an MIT campuswide call to action to solve the mysteries of the aging brain and improve treatment and care options for neurodegenerative disorders. This powerful collaborative effort draws expertise from across MIT—neuroscientists, biologists, computer scientists, economists, and engineers—all working together to bring their insights into this approach to exploring the breakdown in the brain as it ages. Below is a list of founding and affiliated faculty.


Above: Emery N. Brown, Li-Huei Tsai and Ed Boyden: three of the ABI founding faculty members.


Mark Bear, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Picower Institute

Ed Boyden*, Department of Biological Engineering, McGovern Institute

Emery N. Brown*, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Picower Institute, IMES

Gloria Choi, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Picower Institute

Kwanghun Chung, Department of Chemical Engineering, Picower Institute, IMES

Joseph Coughlin, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Randall Davis, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab

Lloyd Demetrius, Harvard University, MIT MLK Visiting Professor

Steven Flavell, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Picower Institute

Ernest Fraenkel, Department of Biological Engineering

John Gabrieli, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, McGovern Institute, IMES

Ann Graybiel, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, McGovern Institute 

Leonard Guarente*, Department of Biology

Myriam Heiman, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Picower Instiute, Broad Institute

Robert Horvitz*, Department of Biology, McGovern Institute

Rudolf Jaenisch, Department of Biology, Whitehead Institute

Alan Jasanoff, Department of Biological Engineering, McGovern Institute

Manolis Kellis*, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Broad Institute

Robert Langer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Biological Engineering, Koch Institute ,

Troy Littleton, Department of Biology, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Picower Institute

Andrew Lo,  MIT Sloan School of Management, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab

Earl Miller, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Picower Institute

Elly Nedivi, Department of Biology, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Picower Institute

Michael Sipser*, Department of Mathematics, Dean of the School of Science

Jean-Jacques Slotine,  Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mriganka Sur, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Picower Institute

Susumu Tonegawa*, Department of Biology, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics, Picower Institute

Li-Huei Tsai*, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Picower Institute, Alana Down Syndrome Center ,

Matthew Wilson, Department of Biology, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Picower Institute, Center for Brains Minds and Machines

Richard Wurtman, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

*denotes founding faculty member