'UNLEARNING' is a multi-institutional collaborative project that seeks to achieve an unprecedented understanding of how brain circuitry goes awry in refractory neuropsychiatric conditions. Our goal is to identify approaches to permanently reverse the disabling brain changes that accompany these disorders.  We are supported by DARPA through the SUBNETS program. Read more about CNEP here. 


Edward Chang, MD (Principal Investigator)

Heather Dawes, PhD (Co-director, Program Manager)


Mesocorticolimbic Circuit Dissection

Kristin Sellers, PhD (Post Doc, UCSF)

Maryam Bijanzadeh, PhD (Post Doc, UCSF)

A. Moses Lee, MD PhD (Resident, Psychiatry, UCSF)

Prasad Shirvalkar, MD PhD (Asst Prof, Anesthesia, UCSF)

Vikram Rao, MD PhD (Asst Prof, Neurology, UCSF)

Vikaas Sohal, MD PhD (Asst Prof, Psychiatry, UCSF)

Lowry Kirkby, PhD (Post Doc, UCSF)

Howard Fields, MD PhD (UCSF)

Alia Shafi, BS (UCSF)

Anthony Fong, BS (UCSF)

Pierluigi Mantovani, BS (UCSF)

Felicia Kuo, BS (UCSF)

Maansi Desai, BS (UCSF)



Clinical Trials

Philip Starr, MD (Prof, Neurological Surgery, UCSF)

Cora de Hemptinne, PhD (Assoc Researcher, Neurological Surgery, UCSF)

Michael Merzenich, PhD / Mor Nahum, PhD / Tom VanVleet, PhD (Posit Science)

Maryam Shanechi, PhD (USC)

Katherine Scangos, MD (Fellow, Psychiatry, UCSF)

Andrew Krystal, MD (Prof, Psychiatry, UCSF)


Neurotechnology Development

Dejan Markovic, PhD (UCLA)

Razi Haque, PhD (LLNL)

Tim Dennison, PhD (Medtronic)



Jose Carmena, PhD (UC Berkeley)

Bijan Pesaran, PhD (NYU)