Associate Professor, Psychology
Associate Professor, Radiology
Director, Graduate Program in Genetics
(Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience) Center
Member, Program in Neuroscience
Dr. Canli (shown here with Ian Canli,
his feline study-buddy and lab mascot) is a busy professor! His primary
research interests cover the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and
molecular biology. His Ph.D. is in psychobiology (Yale University
’93), with postdoctoral training in behavioral, cognitive and
affective neuroscience (Yale University’93-’95; Stanford
University’95-2001), and later training in molecular biology
(certification Molecular Biology Summer Workshop, Smith College, 2002;
sabbatical leave at the Genomics Core Facility, Stony Brook University,
Jan-Dec 2008). As the Director of the Graduate Program in Genetics, he is
responsible for the education and training activities across 100
laboratories at Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and
Brookhaven National Laboratory, and 50 Ph.D. students in Genetics. As the
and Director of the NSF-funded SCAN
(Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience) Center, he is responsible
for the scientific and administrative successes of Long Island’s only
research-dedicated brain imaging facility.
Current work in Dr. Canli’s laboratory is carried out by Ph.D.
students in the psychology, neuroscience, and genetics programs, several
highly talented staff, and more than a dozen enthusiastic undergraduate
research assistants. The research focuses on gene-environment interactions,
specifically the molecular genetic and epigenetic
mechanisms that regulate gene expression across the human genome. This
general approach is applied to studies of individual differences in social
stress reactivity, traits, and emotional behavior.
Research in Dr. Canli’s laboratory covers all levels of analysis:
self-report, behavioral, neural, and molecular. Behavioral studies are
conducted in the Department of Psychology. Neuroimaging studies are
conducted in the SCAN (Social,
Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience)
Center. Molecular (epi-) genetic studies are
conducted in Dr. Canli’s lab in the Center
for Molecular Medicine and the Psychology Department, the Genomics Core
Facility, and the Proteomics Core Facility.
Dr. Canli’s work includes both human participants and
analysis of postmortem human
brain tissue from donors with known behavioral phenotypes. Projects are now
planned that will involve rodent behavioral models and optogenetics.
Together, these approaches make up a seamless set of interlocking
discoveries involving links between behavior and brain (human imaging
studies), brain and gene expression (human postmortem studies), and assessment of causal functions of
these gene-brain-behavior links (optogenetic
Dr. Canli’s secondary area of interest is related to
problems in the real world. He is a co-founder of the Neuroethics
Society, an international scholarly society concerned with the ethical
implications of neuroscience applications in the real world. He has served
on the Executive Board of the Neuroethics Society
since its inception in 2006. Because he hates boredom, he also serves on
Stony Brook’s Institutional Review Board and carries a host of other
advisory functions. Non-academic passions include kiteboarding and
Lab Phone: 631.632.4209
Lab Location: Psychology B275
Integrative Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
jamie.ferri [at] gmail.com
Genetics Ph.D. Program
Previous Post Docs:
Anett Müller-Alcazar, Ph.D.
Dirk Moser, Ph.D.
Kazufumi Omura, Ph.D.
Previous Graduate Students:
Elif Aysimi Duman, Ph.D.
Zenab Amin, Ph.D.
Eliza Congdon, Ph.D.
Brian Haas, Ph.D.