Department of Neurobiology and the College
Narayanan (Bobby) Kasthuri is a leader in the emerging field of connectomics, in which large-volume serial electron microscopy is used to make brain maps at the finest resolution. The stacks of images generated result in staggering amounts of data that can be segmented to identify the location of every neuron, blood vessel, and component of the brain. By generating maps of healthy mice and human brains, scientists can compare them to pathological samples to better understand cellular and ultimately synaptic differences in diseased brains affected by autism, diabetes, and stroke, among other diseases.
Kasthuri, who is also a neuroscience researcher at Argonne National Laboratory, holds a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and public policy (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. He earned an MD from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, as well as a DPhil in neurophysiology from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He also completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at Harvard University. Most recently, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University Medical Center.