Flavell Lab

Dissecting cellular and circuit mechanisms that organize animal behaviors over seconds, minutes, and hours.


Action potentials and synaptic transmission occur over milliseconds, yet the brain generates behaviors that can last seconds to hours. How do neural circuits generate coherent behavioral outputs across a wide range of time scales? What are the neural mechanisms that allow circuits to generate long-lasting behavioral states? And how do physiological and sensory cues alter the outputs of the neural circuits that control these states?

Latest News

Flavell Lab 2022 Retreat

The Flavell lab braved temperatures in the high 90s for their annual retreat this year. They journeyed down to Lincoln Woods in Rhode Island for a day of team building, science, food, [...]

Flavell Lab Farewells

The Flavell lab has had to say a number of farewells this spring, as various lab members have headed off for the next stages of their careers. Here are a couple of group photos from one [...]

Flavell Lab Group 2021 Retreat

After a long year plus of virtual meetings and celebrations, the Flavell group was finally able to gather at the historic Auburndale Boathouse on the Charles River in Newton. They [...]

Join our Team

Because our lab is multi-disciplinary, we’re excited to recruit biologists with many different talents and interests. These include: molecular and cellular biology, systems neuroscience, microscopy, computational biology/neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, and neuroethology. In the Flavell lab, we have a commitment to mentoring and training lab members at all scientific stages. It’s our hope that each and every lab member will be able to do the science that excites them and receive the training necessary to become a top-caliber neuroscientist.