Histed laboratory (NIMH, NIH, Washington DC) 

Lab members

Mark Histed, Francisca Finkel, Sam Duffy, Caitlin Leedy, Michelle Tenace, (not shown: Bradley Akitake, Courtney Dobrott)
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Research focus

Seeing a single picture or hearing a sound changes the activity of thousands or millions of neurons in our brains.  
We study how the brain interprets these patterns of activity and uses them to create thoughts and actions.
We study mice, a genetic model species with a cerebral cortex, and we use precise psychophysical behavioral assays and modern optical and electrophysiological methods.


Please contact Mark Histed for information about postdoctoral fellowship positions in the laboratory. 

PhD students can be supported through NIH Graduate Partnership Programs (GPPs).  These partnership programs allow students to create a graduate school experience that bridges the academic and research communities at the NIH and another pre-eminent research institution.  Students with interest in neuroscience often consider the GPPs with Brown University (Brown-NIH Neuroscience GPP), University College London (UCL-NIMH Joint Doctoral Training Program in Neuroscience), Johns Hopkins University (NIH-JHU GPP), the Karolinska Institute (Karolinska-NIH Collaborative Doctoral Program in Neuroscience), Oxford University, and Cambridge University (NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program).  Other institutions that award a PhD with NIH via GPP programs include Boston University, Georgetown, George Washington, and the University of Maryland.

Interested prospective students should reach out via email to discuss graduate research programs and the application process.

Other Histed lab information at NIH


Unit Chief (Assistant Professor)
Unit on Neural Computation and Behavior
National Institute of Mental Health, NIH
Porter Neuroscience Building, 35-3A203
35 Convent Dr., Bethesda MD 20892