Josh Huang

Duke School of Medicine Distinguished Professor in Neuroscience

Z. Josh Huang is a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at Duke University School of Medicine since 2020. Previously He was Charles and Marie Robertson Professor of Neuroscience at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The overarching theme of his research is to understand the general principles of brain circuit organization that enable cognitive function through a genetic dissection of its basic elements, the neuronal cell types. He pioneered a systematic genetic approach to neural circuits of the cerebral cortex and has made major discoveries in the molecular genetic basis of neuronal identity, synapse specificity, and neural plasticity.  He is also developing a new generation of RNA programmable technologies to monitor and edit cell function across animal organs and species, with broad applications in biomedical research, biotechnology, and therapeutics.  He is the recipient of NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, a McKnight Scholar Award in Neuroscience, a Pew Scholar Award, and a member of the American Academy of Art and Sciences.