Michael Nicholas Economo, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University College of Engineering
Dept of Biomedical Engineering

PhD, Boston University
BA, Duke University
BSE, Duke University

Dr. Economo is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University College of Engineering. Dr. Economo received his PhD from Boston University in Biomedical Engineering, and he recently received the Whitehall Foundation Young Investigator Award (2021) and the Klingenstein-Simons Award in Neuroscience (2020). In his lab, he studies the structure and function of the neural circuits distributed across the brain that control movement. His research leverages cutting edge optical, electrophysiological, and genetic tools for recording and manipulating neural activity during behavior and for illuminating the structure of neural circuits.

Linking motor cortex activity and movement in the mouse orofacial system.
02/01/2022 - 01/31/2027 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke

The descending control of movement initiation by the motor cortex
07/01/2020 - 07/01/2025 (PI)
The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund, Inc.

High-throughput mapping of synaptic connectivity between transcriptomically defined cell types
05/01/2022 - 04/30/2025 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Investigating the control of movements by subspaces and cell types in the mouse orofacial system
03/01/2021 - 02/28/2024 (PI)
Whitehall Foundation, Inc.

Reverse engineering the brain stem circuits that govern exploratory behavior
06/01/2020 - 05/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
University of California, San Diego NIH NINDS


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  1. Liu LD, Chen S, Hou H, West SJ, Faulkner M, Economo MN, Li N, Svoboda K. Accurate Localization of Linear Probe Electrode Arrays across Multiple Brains. eNeuro. 2021 Nov-Dec; 8(6). PMID: 34697075; PMCID: PMC8597948; DOI: 10.1523/ENEURO.0241-21.2021;
  2. Finkelstein A, Fontolan L, Economo MN, Li N, Romani S, Svoboda K. Publisher Correction: Attractor dynamics gate cortical information flow during decision-making. Nat Neurosci. 2021 Jun; 24(6):897. PMID: 34012095
  3. Finkelstein A, Fontolan L, Economo MN, Li N, Romani S, Svoboda K. Attractor dynamics gate cortical information flow during decision-making. Nat Neurosci. 2021 06; 24(6):843-850. PMID: 33875892
  4. Ueda HR, Dodt HU, Osten P, Economo MN, Chandrashekar J, Keller PJ. Whole-Brain Profiling of Cells and Circuits in Mammals by Tissue Clearing and Light-Sheet Microscopy. Neuron. 2020 05 06; 106(3):369-387. PMID: 32380050; PMCID: PMC7213014; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2020.03.004;
  5. Gao Z, Thomas AM, Economo MN, Abrego AM, Svoboda K, De Zeeuw CI, Li N. Response to "Fallacies of Mice Experiments". Neuroinformatics. 2019 10; 17(4):475-478. PMID: 31377994; PMCID: PMC6842428; DOI: 10.1007/s12021-019-09433-y;
  6. Winnubst J, Bas E, Ferreira TA, Wu Z, Economo MN, Edson P, Arthur BJ, Bruns C, Rokicki K, Schauder D, Olbris DJ, Murphy SD, Ackerman DG, Arshadi C, Baldwin P, Blake R, Elsayed A, Hasan M, Ramirez D, Dos Santos B, Weldon M, Zafar A, Dudman JT, Gerfen CR, Hantman AW, Korff W, Sternson SM, Spruston N, Svoboda K, Chandrashekar J. Reconstruction of 1,000 Projection Neurons Reveals New Cell Types and Organization of Long-Range Connectivity in the Mouse Brain. Cell. 2019 09 19; 179(1):268-281.e13. PMID: 31495573; PMCID: PMC6754285; DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.07.042;
  7. Economo MN, Winnubst J, Bas E, Ferreira TA, Chandrashekar J. Single-neuron axonal reconstruction: The search for a wiring diagram of the brain. J Comp Neurol. 2019 09 01; 527(13):2190-2199. PMID: 30859571
  8. Tasic B, Yao Z, Graybuck LT, Smith KA, Nguyen TN, Bertagnolli D, Goldy J, Garren E, Economo MN, Viswanathan S, Penn O, Bakken T, Menon V, Miller J, Fong O, Hirokawa KE, Lathia K, Rimorin C, Tieu M, Larsen R, Casper T, Barkan E, Kroll M, Parry S, Shapovalova NV, Hirschstein D, Pendergraft J, Sullivan HA, Kim TK, Szafer A, Dee N, Groblewski P, Wickersham I, Cetin A, Harris JA, Levi BP, Sunkin SM, Madisen L, Daigle TL, Looger L, Bernard A, Phillips J, Lein E, Hawrylycz M, Svoboda K, Jones AR, Koch C, Zeng H. Shared and distinct transcriptomic cell types across neocortical areas. Nature. 2018 11; 563(7729):72-78. PMID: 30382198; PMCID: PMC6456269; DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0654-5;
  9. Economo MN, Viswanathan S, Tasic B, Bas E, Winnubst J, Menon V, Graybuck LT, Nguyen TN, Smith KA, Yao Z, Wang L, Gerfen CR, Chandrashekar J, Zeng H, Looger LL, Svoboda K. Distinct descending motor cortex pathways and their roles in movement. Nature. 2018 11; 563(7729):79-84. PMID: 30382200
  10. Gao Z, Davis C, Thomas AM, Economo MN, Abrego AM, Svoboda K, De Zeeuw CI, Li N. A cortico-cerebellar loop for motor planning. Nature. 2018 11; 563(7729):113-116. PMID: 30333626; PMCID: PMC6212318; DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0633-x;
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2021 Whitehall foundation: Whitehall Foundation Award in Neuroscience
2020 Klingenstein Fund/Simons Foundation: Klingenstein-Simons Award in Neuroscience
2014 Association for Chemoreception Sciences: Polak Young Investigator Award
2012 NIH/NIDCD: Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
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