Thomas Biederer, PhD


Associate Professor of Neuroscience



Diploma in Biochemistry, Freie Universität Berlin
PhD, Cell Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Postdoctoral Training, University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center


Campus: Boston
Office: Arnold 207
Laboratory: Arnold 205

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-2131
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Neuroscience


Research Synopsis

It is our long-term goal to understand at a molecular and functional level how neurons form synapses with each other. Our current research aims to delineate the pathways that induce and coordinate synapse formation in brain development. In addition, we investigate how synapse-organizing mechanisms contribute in the adult nervous system to the activity-dependent remodeling of neuronal connectivity and networks. Attaining these goals is of importance to human health as altered synapse formation and stability underlie devastating brain disorders, including those that are neurodevelopmental, neurological, and related to addictive drugs. We pursue our goals by integrating biochemical, proteomic, cell biological, physiological, and behavioral experiments, spanning the range from molecules to genetically modified mice.


Lab Members

Bea Carbone, Research Assistant  Send an e-mail 
Julia Bungenberg, Visiting Student Send an e-mail Lab Research Page
Tony Cijsouw, Postdoctoral Scholar Send an e-mail Lab Research Page
Andrew Coleman, PhD Student in Neuroscience Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Valerie Savage, Research Assistant  Send an e-mail 
Neha Shrestha, Senior Research Technician  Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Seth Vogel, MD, PhD Student in Neuroscience  Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Katherine Watters, PhD Student in Neuroscience Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page

Learn more about the Biederer Lab

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research