KEITH HENGEN, ASST. PROFESSOR, DEPT. OF BIOLOGY @ WASH U IN STL

 

I love cellular and systems neuroscience,
and I've got a thing for rock climbing.

I want to know how the brain, a stunningly complex and dynamical system, can organize itself into stable states that permit sensation, perception, and cognition e.g. This organization emerges from the collective connections of billions of neurons without higher-level oversight and instruction. Understanding the influence of cell-level mechanisms on network topology (brain organization) is necessary to unravel the rules governing brain function and will advance our ability to repair the brain in cases of disease and injury.