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3D Brain Scan

DIBS faculty member Ahmad Hariri creates colorful brain "road maps" to chart the biological routes leading to individual differences in behavior and risk for psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Autism Screening App

Seed grants from DIBS helps facilitate innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations, such as the autism screening app developed by Geri Dawson (Director of the Duke Autism & Brain Development Center) and engineering professor Guillermo Sapiro.

Brain During Cardiac Arrest

State-of-the-art photoacoustic microscopy (imaging using the heat given off by lasers) shows the blood flow in a mouse brain before, during, and after cardiac arrest, showing the drastic change in the brain’s blood flow when the heart stops and resurrects. Junjie Yao uses photoacoustic microscopy in his biomedical engineering research at Duke University. This model could be a step toward visualizing human blood flow in new ways.


How Fast Are You Aging?

Partners in research and life, DIBS faculty members Avshalom Caspi and Terrie Moffitt have invented their own 'pace of aging' measure based on their long-term study following 1,000 people from Dunedin, New Zealand since 1972. Based on their unparalleled collection of health data on these people, Moffitt and Caspi created a new tool using gene markers to clinically measure the pace of biological aging. Their pace of aging test has been licensed to the company TruDiagnostics.

Mapping Animal Movement

A group of neuroscientists and machine learning experts, including Timothy Dunn, assistant professor in neurosurgery at Duke University, are developing new ways to analyze animal movement and behavior to gain insights into the inner workings of the nervous system.

A Gel That Regrows the Brain

Tatiana Segura has discovered a way to modify biomaterials—such as polymers that are found naturally in living organisms—to create a novel gel that regrows tissue in damaged areas of the body and promotes wound healing. Her lab’s efforts are leading to transformative outcomes for those who have experienced stroke, brain damage, bone malformation, and more.

Why Do You Study That?

Dancing Flies

DIBS faculty member Pelin Volkan PhD is abuzz about frolicking fruit flies. Learn more more about why Dr. Volkan studies developing fly brains that give way to fancy footwork.


Duke researchers Vanessa Woods and DIBS faculty member Brian Hare, Ph.D. have what most would consider a dream job: they study puppies. They run the Duke Canine Cognition lab & Duke Puppy Kindergarten to learn more about the behavior of dogs, especially how they behave in relation to humans.


Research scientists Marina Blanco, Ph.D. and Lydia Greene, Ph.D. study lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center, which is home to the largest population of lemurs outside of Madagascar. In addition to conversation efforts, work from the Lemur Center also helps scientists understand primate brain evolution, such as brain imaging to study monogamy.

Student Successes

Summer Neuroscience Program Student Spotlight: Rebecca Li

Undergraduate SNP student Rebecca Li got the opportunity to focus on individual brain-related projects that could lead to innovative research possibilities in the future.

Summer Neuroscience Program Student Spotlight: Arsha Sharna

Rising senior Arsha Sharna sees the Summer Neuroscience Program as a path towards her reaching her goals in clinical research and helping patients.