John Maunsell, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology
Director, Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology, and Human Behavior

John is a professor of Neurobiology and the director of the University’s Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology, and Human Behavior.

John joined the University of Chicago from Harvard Medical School, where he held the Alice and Rodman W. Moorhead III Professorship in Neurobiology. He has made fundamental contributions toward understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of vision and perception. Known for elegant, rigorous and technically demanding physiological experiments, his recent focus is on understanding how behavioral and cognitive factors, such as attention and learning, influence the way neurons process information in the visual circuits of the brain.

Since 2007, John has served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Neuroscience, one of the top peer-reviewed journals in its field and primary publication of the Society for Neuroscience, the largest neuroscientist organization in the world. His honors include election to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and appointment as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Previous to Harvard, he served on the faculty of the Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Rochester. Maunsell holds a PhD from the California Institute of Technology and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.