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

Career: High-Level control of low-level circuits in the mammalian motor system
04/01/2023 - 03/31/2028 (PI)
National Science Foundation

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 - 02/25/2025 (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. Vincent JP, Economo MN. Assessing cross-contamination in spike-sorted electrophysiology data. bioRxiv. 2023 Dec 23. PMID: 38187738; PMCID: PMC10769346; DOI: 10.1101/2023.12.21.572882;
  2. Kleinfeld D, Deschênes M, Economo MN, Elbaz M, Golomb D, Liao SM, O'Connor DH, Wang F. Low- and high-level coordination of orofacial motor actions. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2023 Dec; 83:102784. PMID: 37757586
  3. Hasnain MA, Birnbaum JE, Nunez JLU, Hartman EK, Chandrasekaran C, Economo MN. Separating cognitive and motor processes in the behaving mouse. bioRxiv. 2023 Aug 24. PMID: 37662199; PMCID: PMC10473744; DOI: 10.1101/2023.08.23.554474;
  4. Weber TD, Moya MV, Kiliç K, Mertz J, Economo MN. High-speed multiplane confocal microscopy for voltage imaging in densely labeled neuronal populations. Nat Neurosci. 2023 Sep; 26(9):1642-1650.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37604887
  5. Xiao S, Cunningham WJ, Kondabolu K, Lowet E, Moya MV, Mount R, Ravasio C, Economo MN, Han X, Mertz J. Large-scale deep tissue voltage imaging with targeted illumination confocal microscopy. bioRxiv. 2023 Jul 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37502929; PMCID: PMC10370169; DOI: 10.1101/2023.07.21.548930;
  6. Abdelfattah AS, Zheng J, Singh A, Huang YC, Reep D, Tsegaye G, Tsang A, Arthur BJ, Rehorova M, Olson CVL, Shuai Y, Zhang L, Fu TM, Milkie DE, Moya MV, Weber TD, Lemire AL, Baker CA, Falco N, Zheng Q, Grimm JB, Yip MC, Walpita D, Chase M, Campagnola L, Murphy GJ, Wong AM, Forest CR, Mertz J, Economo MN, Turner GC, Koyama M, Lin BJ, Betzig E, Novak O, Lavis LD, Svoboda K, Korff W, Chen TW, Schreiter ER, Hasseman JP, Kolb I. Sensitivity optimization of a rhodopsin-based fluorescent voltage indicator. Neuron. 2023 May 17; 111(10):1547-1563.e9.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37015225; PMCID: PMC10280807; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2023.03.009;
  7. 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;
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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;
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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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