Gord Fishell, Ph.D.
Gord Fishell is an institute member and group leader in the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute and a professor of neurobiology at Harvard Medical School.
Fishell is a developmental neurobiologist interested in how the architecture of brain circuits is assembled, with a special focus on the diverse populations of inhibitory interneurons that are found within the cortex. His lab identified the origins of these cells and studies how their integration into circuits leads to the initialization of brain function. In addition, his laboratory was central in discovering the molecular mechanisms by which interneuron diversity emerges during development. His current focus is on explaining how a common set of interneurons can integrate into a wide variety of brain structures with distinctly different organizations and functions. Moreover, Fishell is currently exploring the relationship between developmental gene expression in GABAergic and cholinergic populations and identifying associated risk genes for neurodevelopmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder.
Fishell was previously the associate director of the New York University (NYU) Neuroscience Institute, Julius Raines Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology at NYU, and director of the graduate program in neuroscience and physiology at the NYU School of Medicine. He completed his Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of Toronto and conducted postdoctoral research at Columbia University and the Rockefeller University.