Sense to Synapse is an annual networking event for scientists conducting research on the biology of sensory transduction, subsequent neural processing and perception.

We hope to welcome you for Sense to Synapse 2018 in the Carson Family Auditorium at the Rockefeller University.

We will have 4 keynote speakers and additionally 8 short talks selected from the submitted abstracts as well as a poster session during the lunch break:

this is a unique opportunity for junior scientists to present their work in front of a small and expert audience!

The previous meetings were all great successes with well above 100 participants and featuring keynote talks from a number of prominent scientists, such as:


Nicole Rust (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia)

Gaby Maimon (The Rockefeller University, New York)

Larry Abbott (Columbia University, New York)

Sarah Woolley (Columbia University, New York)


Jeffrey Holt (Harvard University)

Vanessa Ruta (Rockefeller University)

Mike Shadlen (Columbia University)

Anthony Zador (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)


J. Anthony Movshon (New York University)

Elena Gracheva (Yale University)

Robert Datta (Harvard Medical School)

Martin Chalfie (Columbia University)


Jonathan Demb (Yale University)

Frederick Sachs (Buffalo University)

Glenn Turner (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)

Ofer Tchernichovski (Hunter College/CUNY)

Jose L. Pena (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)


Anthony Zador (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)

Claude Desplan (New York University)

Robert LaMotte (Yale University)

Mala Murthy (Princeton University)

Dmity Ringberg (New York University)


Elizabeth Olson (Columbia University)

Stuart Firestein (Columbia University)

Eero Simoncelli (New York University)

M. Hakan Ozdener (Monell Center, Temple University)

A. James Hudspeth (Rockefeller University)

Ellen Lumpkin (Columbia University)

Nicole Rust (UPenn) giving her keynote lecture 2017

Sense2Synapse organizers 2017

Claude Desplan (NYU) and Mala Murthy (Princeton) during a coffee break.

The first “Sense to Synapse” meeting was held on 19th April 2012 at Columbia University Morningside Campus in New York City. It was organized by Christopher Bergevin (Columbia University) and Dáibhid Ó Maoiléidigh (Rockefeller University).