Your brain mediates everything that you sense, feel, think, and do. The brain is incredibly complex – each cubic millimeter of your brain contains perhaps a hundred thousand cells, connected by a billion synapses, each operating with millisecond precision. We develop tools that enable the mapping of the molecules and wiring of the brain, the recording and control of its neural dynamics, and the repair of its dysfunction. We distribute our tools as freely as possible to the scientific community, and also apply them to the systematic analysis of brain computations, aiming to reveal the fundamental mechanisms of brain function, and yielding new, ground-truth oriented therapeutic strategies for neurological and psychiatric disorders.


Ed Boyden, Ph.D.
Y. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology at MIT
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
McGovern Institute
Professor, Departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Media Arts and Sciences, and Biological Engineering
Co-Director, MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering
Member, MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences, Computational and Systems Biology Initiative, and Koch Institute
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave., Room 46-2171C, Cambridge, MA 02139
email – edboyden@mit.edu
phone – (617) 324-3085
administrative email alias: synthneuromit-admins@googlegroups.com

Virtual Tour

Directions to the lab

Here is a map to our group’s headquarters, in the MIT McGovern Institute. It is on Main Street, west of the Kendall T-stop on the MBTA red line. Enter the Brain and Cognitive Sciences building from the McGovern Institute entrance on Main Street, then take the elevator or stairs to the 2nd floor, and follow the signs to 46-2171C.

Here are directions to the MIT campus by private or public transportation, as well as the locations of parking locations on campus. Metered parking is available in front of the building.