Justus Kebschull PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience


Department of Biomedical Engineering
Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine
733 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
Room: 335 MRB
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Areas of Research
Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
Cellular + Molecular Neuroscience

Graduate Program Affiliations

Biomedical Engineering Program

Neuroscience Training Program

Understanding Circuit Evolution with Comparative Connectomics

In the Kebschull lab, we ask how brain areas, circuits, and cell types change across evolution to produce the complex network architecture of extant vertebrate brains. Answering these questions will not only teach us about evolution but reveal general principles of brain circuit design and network structure.

We approach our work by developing molecular and viral tools to map brain connectivity and gene expression at much higher resolution and larger scales than previously possible. These tools include barcode sequencing-based tracing tools (MAPseq, BRICseq) and in situ sequencing approaches. We apply these technologies to a variety of species --- including mice and humans, but also birds, reptiles, amphibians, and even sharks --- and compare and contrast across them. This process allows us to infer the most likely evolutionary histories of brain circuits and to discover simplifying organizing principles.

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