Michael Winding has expertise in systems neuroscience and connectomics, which are essential to uncover complex synaptic circuitry in the brain and mechanistically understand the computations they perform to generate behaviour. 

Michael obtained a BS in Biology and BA in Studio Art at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, USA in 2011. He obtained a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology at Northwestern University in 2016, investigating how motor proteins influence neuronal morphology with his advisor Vladimir Gelfand. He received the Driskill Research Award, recognising outstanding research achievements for his PhD work.

He next worked with Marta Zlatic at HHMI Janelia Research Campus as a Postdoctoral Associate, studying how conflicting valence signals are integrated during action selection. Michael moved with Marta Zlatic’s group to the University of Cambridge in 2019, where he reconstructed and analysed the first connectome of an insect brain. He also developed computational methods to link circuit elements from the connectome with genetic tools, providing the foundation for his future work at the Francis Crick Institute. 

In 2023, Michael established the Social Circuits and Connectomics Laboratory.

Qualifications and history

2015
Northwestern University, Chicago, USA
PhD
2016
Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, USA
Postdoctoral associate
2019
University of Cambridge and MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
Research Associate
2023
The Francis Crick Institue
Group Leader
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