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Our Research / Overview

Innovating research practices and technologies to solve biology’s deepest mysteries.
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The Janelia research environment consists of small teams grouped into Research Areas, Project Teams, and Support Teams. Collaboration across these groups allows Janelia scientists to tackle big conceptual and technological challenges in biomedical research, supported by administrative teams embedded in the Janelia research community. We share our methods, results, and tools with the scientific community.


Research Areas

Research Areas address important biomedical problems for which future progress requires technological innovation. Research areas can focus primarily on a biomedical problem, on technology development, or both. They will turn over with a cadence of 15 years. 

Mechanistic Cognitive Neuroscience

Understanding how the brain enables flexible behavior.

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4D Cellular Physiology

Our goal will be to understand the function, structure, and modes of communication of cells in organs and tissues with an aim of expanding our understanding of cells and how they collectively give rise to the physiological functions of the body. 

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Core Research Areas

Molecular Tools and Imaging and Computation and Theory are ongoing areas of focus at Janelia. They don’t turn over with regular cadence but adapt to new opportunities and needs within Janelia and the larger research community. These teams both collaborate with Research Area scientists and pursue independent research programs.

Molecular Tools and Imaging

Inventing novel reagents and technologies that push the boundaries of biological discovery.

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Computation and Theory

Building quantitative understanding of biology and interpreting data at scale.

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Project Teams

Project teams tackle problems or build tools that are unattainable by individual scientists or labs. These synergistic teams are purposefully flexible and responsive, and thus able to move quickly to meet new research needs and opportunities across multiple labs. 

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Support Teams

Our support teams partner with individual research labs to provide made-to-order tools, software, and access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

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