Randy Bruno Lab at Columbia University

About Us

The goal of the Bruno Lab's research is to define the underlying neural pathways and circuit elements that  contribute to sensory perception: how information from the outside world is relayed to the neocortex, and how subsequent processing among cortical layers and thalamic nuclei contribute to perception, learning, remembering, and reasoning.

Our experiments combine behavior with intracellular physiology, array recordings, two-photon microscopy, optogenetics, and computational modeling. We focus on the whisker-barrel system, which is one of the main means by which rodents explore their environments.


The 2020 Barrels Meeting

The Society for Neuroscience meeting may have been cancelled, but the 33rd Barrels Meeting will be held virtually on October 21-23, 2020! Click the title above for the flyer.


Soon-to-be Prof. Kate Hong

Congratulations to Kate Hong who will open her own lab at Carnegie Mellon University in January 2020!

High-order thalamic inputs to sensory cortex are stronger and longer lasting than cortical inputs

Our recent eLife paper demonstrates unique features of high-order thalamus: strong, long-lasting, and oscillatory input to cortex

Sensation, Movement & Learning Without Sensory Cortex

Performing and learning detection behaviors are possible without sensory cortex. Our new study led by Kate Hong is now online at Nature.

Jung Park wins NSF Fellowship

April 2018 - PhD student Jung Park just won a 3-year NSF Fellowship. Congratulations, Jung!


Bruno Lab goes Greene!

March 2018 - The Bruno Lab moves into its new space in the Zuckerman Institute's Jerome L. Greene Science Center!

Welcome Dr. Sam Benezra

December 2017 - Dr. Sam Benezra joins the Bruno Lab!

Soon-to-be Prof. Constantinople

Congratulations to Christine Constantinople, one of the first Bruno Lab PhD students, who will open her own lab at NYU/CNS in 2018!

Dan Kato Awarded NRSA Fellowship

Congratulations to Dan Kato, a PhD student in the lab, for winning an NRSA Fellowship!


Support for our research has been provided by these sponsors.