John Ngai is the Coates Family Professor of Neuroscience, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and the Director, QB3 Functional Genomics Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley. In January 2020, Ngai was named director of NIH BRAIN Initiative. Dr. Ngai earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology from Pomona College, Claremont, California, and Ph.D. in biology from Caltech. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Caltech and at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons before starting his faculty position at the University of California at Berkeley. Ngai researches the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the function, development and regeneration of the vertebrate olfactory system. To do this, his lab uses a wide range of experimental tools and model systems, including molecular biology, genomics, computational biology and behavior to study these processes using the mouse and zebrafish as model systems.