The Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience is a group of theorists consisting of faculty, postdocs and graduate students. We are part of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California at Berkeley, located in the 5th floor of Evans Hall on the Berkeley campus.
Our goal is to develop mathematical and computational models of the underlying neurobiological mechanisms involved in perception, cognition, learning, and motor function. We collaborate with experimental neuroscience labs in the design of experiments and in the analysis of neural data. We also train students at UC Berkeley in these ideas and methods.
Members of the Redwood Center typically have backgrounds in computer science, physics and mathematics, in addition to neuroscience. We seek insight into the workings of the brain at many levels through the continual interaction between theory and experiment.
The Redwood Center hosts seminars, workshops, and distinguished lecturers and visitors. These programs are supported by the Redwood Center Endowment, made possible by a generous gift from the Strauss-Hawkins Trust.
Research at the Redwood Center is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and the Swartz Foundation, in addition to the Redwood Center Endowment.
Interested graduate students should apply through the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute graduate program, the Vision Science graduate program, or other related UCB graduate groups such as psychology, EECS, bioengineering, biophysics, statistics or mathematics.