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The Datta lab takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying the function of neural circuits in generating behavior. We are interested in recruiting students and postdoctoral fellows with backgrounds and interests in all areas of biology, including neurobiology, cell/molecular biology, systems biology, organismal behavior/ethology, imaging, computational biology and biophysics.


Students at Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, Boston University and other undergraduate institutions are welcome to apply to the Datta lab to gain research experience and to perform senior theses. Students are strongly encouraged to apply early in their college careers to maximize their opportunity to perform work at the bench. Students should be aware that the Datta lab is housed on the Longwood Campus of the Harvard Medical School on the Boston side of the Charles; the Harvard-run M2 shuttle runs between Harvard Medical School, MIT and Harvard College and is a convenient way to circulate amongst the campuses. 


The Datta lab can accept graduate students from any of the graduate programs at Harvard University including but not limited to the Program in Neuroscience, Systems Biology, BBS, Biophysics or Molecular and Cellular Biology via the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences program. Information about these programs can be found at the HILS website. Students interested in a rotation in the Datta lab should email a cover letter to srdatta at


The Datta lab is currently accepting applications for postdoctoral fellowships. Applicants should email a cover letter, CV and the names of three references with contact information to srdatta at


In the academic year 2015-2016 Bob will be teaching in Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology (NB211), a newly created Program in Neuroscience course resulting from the merger of NB221: Molecular Neurobiology and NB207: Developmental Neurobiology. Bob will also be guest lecturing in NB200: Neurobiology at HMS, and in Developmental Neurobiology at MIT (9.18).


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