Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson, Ph.D.

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson is a developmental neurobiologist, a group leader in the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research of the Broad Institute, and a research scientist in the lab of Beth Stevens at Boston Children’s Hospital. His work focuses on the intersections between neuroimmune signaling, developmental critical periods, and psychiatric risk factors. His group employs a broad range of techniques and model systems including mice, non-human primates, human biosamples, and stem cell-derived neural cultures, to understand how risk factors influence adolescent brain circuit development and psychiatric vulnerability.

Prior to joining the Broad Institute in 2017, Johnson completed postdoctoral training in neuroscience and genetics with Chris Walsh at Boston Children's Hospital, where he researched the developmental contributions of distinct stem cell populations to the complex structure of the cerebral cortex.

Johnson obtained his Ph.D. in neurobiology at Yale University in the lab of Nenad Sestan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Brown University.

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September 2022