John Assad received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York and his PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard University.
For his PhD, he investigated biophysical mechanisms of mechano-electric sensory transduction in vestibular hair cells.
John Assad’s laboratory is interested in understanding the neuronal circuitry that underlies sensory processing and control of movement in the primate brain. In particular, his lab has focused on the parietal cortex, a part of the brain where visual information from our external world is converted into a form that is useful for guiding behavior.
His lab has also studied the role of the basal ganglia in movement control, an issue that is important for understanding movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.
His work has been published in major international journals, including Nature, Nature Neuroscience, and Neuron.