Graduate School of Medical Sciences
A partnership with the Sloan Kettering Institute

Emre Aksay

Associate Professor
Our primary purpose is to understand how behavior emerges from neuronal and network function.

We are interested in understanding the molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms that give rise to the rich neural dynamics observed in the brain. Neural dynamics, the ongoing time‐varying activity patterns in populations of neurons, are critical for a wide range of motor and cognitive behaviors. To understand neural dynamics, we work at the interface between physics, computation, and biology, applying an approach that combines molecular‐genetic manipulations, electrophysiology, multi‐photon imaging and perturbation, connectomics, statistical and machine learning, computational modeling, and control theory. Our efforts not only yield basic science insights into neuronal computations and how neurons interact to generate global function, but also help outline therapeutic strategies for dealing with disorders of neural dynamics. 


Emre Aksay received a bachelor’s in physics from the University of Washington in 1993 and a master’s in physics from Princeton University in 1996. He completed a doctorate in biophysics from New York University in 2001 while working concurrently in the Biological Computation Division at Bell Laboratories. After completing postdoctoral studies in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, he began a faculty appointment in 2006 at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University with appointments in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and the Institute for Computational Biomedicine.  

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