lab sculpture created by Steve Lohman


Mark Schnitzer is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a Professor at Stanford University with joint appointments in the Departments of Biology, Applied Physics, and Neurosurgery. He is Co-Director of the Cracking the Neural Code (CNC) Program at Stanford University and a faculty member of the Neuroscience, Biophysics, and Molecular Imaging Programs in the Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Schnitzer has longstanding interests in neural circuit dynamics and optical imaging, has co-founded two scientific startup companies, and served on the Advisory Committee for the NIH BRAIN Initiative. His laboratory has two major research efforts:

  • Innovation and application of optical imaging technologies for visualizing large-scale neural ensemble dynamics in awake behaving mice and fruit flies.
  • Imaging and mechanistic studies of the neural ensemble basis for learning and long-term memory in cortical and sub-cortical brain areas.

Our group is affiliated with:

James H. Clark Center for Biomedical Engineering and Sciences
Department of Biology
Department of Applied Physics
Department of Neurosurgery
Cracking the Neural Code (CNC) Program
Neuroscience Program
Biophysics Program
Molecular Imaging Program