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At Caltech, we are tackling one of the greatest scientific challenges and opportunities of our time: unlocking the secrets of the brain, the world’s most powerful biological and chemical computing machine.

We are looking deep into the basic biology of the brain—the cells, circuitry, and molecular, chemical, and electrical pathways that not only orchestrate the transfer of information throughout the brain, but ultimately determine the brain’s function and dysfunction.

 We are probing the fundamental aspects of sensation, perception, cognition, and human behavior, and working to put what we learn into practice in developing new scientific tools and medical treatments that can improve the human condition. This work continues to advance Caltech’s long history of working across disciplinary boundaries to achieve the seemingly impossible.

The Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience at Caltech, established with a $115 million gift from philanthropists Tianqiao Chen and Chrissy Luo, will be the cornerstone of this work as it moves forward, and thus will take Caltech’s neuroscience initiative—one of its newest and most coordinated scientific efforts—to the next level.

"By working in a more collaborative and interdisciplinary way, we have an opportunity to solve problems in neuroscience that none of us could achieve individually." 
David Anderson, the Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator,
and Director of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience


Caltech Neuroscience Research

Caltech has a long history of basic scientific discoveries that have fundamentally transformed the landscape of neuroscience.


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Chen Institute Centers

The Chen Institute at Caltech is composed of five interdisciplinary research centers that bring together faculty to collaborate in developing the principles, therapies, and technologies that will change our understanding of the brain's structure and function.



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The People Behind the Chen Institute

Thanks to the support of Chrissy Luo and Tianqiao Chen, the Chen Institute at Caltech brings together innovative and collaborative researchers who share the common goal of improving the well-being of humanity through the study of the brain.