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Ian R. Wickersham, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

McGovern Institute for Brain Research
MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

46 Vassar Street, Office: 46-6023
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Phone: 617-447-6566
Email: wickersham@mit.edu
Social media: LinkedIn / ResearchGate / Google Scholar / PubMed / Twitter

Short Biography

Ian received a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Duke University, a master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Dartmouth College (thesis advisor: Michael S. Gazzaniga), and a Ph.D. in Neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego, doing his thesis work in the laboratory of Ed Callaway at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. In his Ph.D. work, he and his colleagues introduced the use of recombinant rabies virus as a tool for neuroscience and also originated the paradigm of monosynaptic tracing, meaning the use of a genetically modified viral vector to identify neurons directly connected to a targeted neuronal population. He came to MIT in 2007 for a postdoc in the laboratory of Sebastian Seung, where he continued the development of viral tracing tools, followed by a short stint as a research scientist in the laboratory of Ed Boyden. He started the Genetic Neuroengineering Group at MIT in 2013.

Additional Information

Research Experience

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Principal Research Scientist, July 2015 – Present
Head, Genetic Neuroengineering Group, Sep 2013 – Present
Research scientist, Sep 2013 – Present
Research scientist, Principal investigator: Edward S. Boyden, Sep 2012 – Sep 2013
Senior postdoctoral fellow, Principal investigator: Edward S. Boyden, Apr 2012 – Aug 2012
Postdoctoral fellow, Principal investigator: H. Sebastian Seung, Sep 2007 – Mar 2012

Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA
Postdoctoral associate, Principal investigator: Edward M. Callaway, Jun 2006 – Sep 2007

Education and Training

University of California, San Diego, CA
Ph.D., Neurosciences, Advisor: Edward M. Callaway, Jun 2006

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
M.S., Cognitive Neuroscience, Sep 2006

Duke University, Durham, NC
B.S., Physics, May 1992

Patents

Compositions and methods for monosynaptic transport,
Wickersham, I.R., J.A.T. Young & E.M. Calloway,
U.S. Patent No. 8,334,095, 2012

Tissue slicing device,
Wickersham, I.R.,
Provisional application, 2001

Honors and Awards

BRAIN Initiative award: NIMH U01, “Anterograde monosynaptic tracing.”
PI: Ian Wickersham. Co-PIs: Guoping Feng & Lynn Enquist.
Total costs: $2.16M / Duration: 2015 – 2018

BRAIN Initiative award: NIMH U01, “Novel technologies for nontoxic transsynaptic tracing.”
PI: Ian Wickersham. Co-PIs: Robert Desimone, Li-Huei Tsai, & Kay Tye.
Total costs: $2.3M / Duration: 2014 – 2017

BRAIN Initiative award: NSF EAGER, “Cell-type-specific optogenetics in wild-type animals.”
PI: Ian Wickersham. Co-PIs: Robert Desimone, Li-Huei Tsai, & Kay Tye.
Total costs: $300K / Duration: 2014 – 2016

BRAIN Initiative award: NINDS U01, “Cortical circuits and information flow during memory-guided perceptual decisions.”
PI: Mriganka Sur. Co-PIs: Ian Wickersham, Kwanghun Chung, & Emery Brown.
Total costs: $2.5M / Duration: 2014 – 2017

BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting
Invited speaker, 2015

BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting
Invited panelist, 2015

NeuroElectronics Research Flanders
Symposium speaker, Neurotechnology Symposium,
Leuven, Belgium, 2014

Simons Center for the Social Brain Seed Grant Award, 2013 – 2014

Society for Neuroscience
Symposium speaker, Mini-Symposium on “Neocortical Projection Neurons: New Insights into Cortical Function and Dysfunction”
Annual Meeting for the Society for Neuroscience
New Orleans, LA, 2012

McGovern Institute Neurotechnology Award, 2011 – 2012

Current Opinion in Neurobiology
Invited review, 2012

Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind Innovative Research Award, 2007 – 2008

GRE Scores: 800Q/800A/800V, 1998

National Merit Scholarship, 1988 – 1992

Publications

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Funding Sources

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