Connecting European Neuroscience

Tiago Branco

Programme Committee Member FENS Forum 2018

Curriculum Vitae

2007 Ph. D., Wellcome Trust 4-Year PhD Programme in Neuroscience, UCL, UK

2002 M. D., Medical School, University of Lisbon, Portugal


2016- Senior Research Fellow, SWC, UK 2012-16 Programme Leader Track, MRC LMB, UK 2007-12 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UCL, UK


2016- Group Leader, SWC, UK 2012-16 Group Leader, MRC LMB, UK

2012-13 Visiting Scientist, Janelia Research Campus, HHMI, USA 2007-12 Postdoctoral Research, UCL, UK 2003-07 Ph. D. Research, UCL, UK

1997-02 Visiting Research Student, Lisbon Medical School, Portugal. 

Honours and awards

2012 Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, UK

2012 MRC Career Development Award, UK (declined)

2011 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology, USA

2011 UCL Neuroscience Early Career Prize, UK

2009 EMBO Conference Series Meeting Prize, Ascona, Italy

2008 UCL Bogue Research Fellowship, UK

2005 UCL Bogue Research Fellowship, UK

2002 Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD Fellowship, UK

2002 Pfizer Award for Young Scientists, Portugal

2001 Lisbon Medical School Science Prize, Portugal 2000 International Medical Sciences Student Congress Prize, Turkey. 

General administrative and organisational experience


2015 Wellcome Trust-NIH 4 Year PhD Programme Advisory Committee, UK


2014- Instructor, Ion channels & Synaptic Transmission Course, Cold Spring Harbor NY, USA

2012 Instructor, INDP Neurophysiology Course, Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal Conferences

2013 Organizer, Dendritic computation in neural circuits, Cosyne Workshop, USA. 

Research interests

The goal of my group is to understand how the mouse brain implements the computations that underlie innate behaviours. We aim to provide biophysically detailed descriptions of the sequence of steps that transform input, such as the sensory clue that a predator is close by, into a behavioural output, like an escape or defensive response. In particular, we are interested in understanding how synaptic signals are integrated at different stages, and in finding what are the channels and biophysical processes that determine how signals are transformed. 


Branco T, Tozer A, Magnus CJ, Sugino K, Tanaka S, Lee AK, Wood JN, Sternson SM. Near-perfect synaptic integration by Nav1.7 in the hypothalamus regulates body weight. Cell 2016 Jun 16; 165(7) :1749-61

Henry FE, Sugino K, Tozer A, Branco T, Sternson SM. Cell type-specific transcriptomics of hypothalamic energysensing neuron responses to weight-loss. Elife. 2015 Sep 2; 4

Smith SL, Smith IT, Branco T, Häusser M. Dendritic spikes enhance stimulus selectivity in cortical neurons in vivo. Nature. 2013 Nov 7; 503:115-20

Branco T. The language of dendrites. Science 2011, Nov 4; 334(6056) :615-6

Branco T, Häusser M. Synaptic integration gradients in single cortical pyramidal cell dendrites. Neuron 2011 Mar 10; 69(5) :885-92

Branco T, Häusser M. The single dendritic branch as a fundamental unit in the nervous system. Curr Opin Neurobiol 2010 Aug; 20(4) :494-502

Branco T, Clark BA, Häusser M. Dendritic discrimination of temporal input sequences in cortical neurons. Science 2010 Sep; 24; 329(5999) : 1671-5.

Branco T, Staras K. The probability of neurotransmitter release: variability and feedback control at single synapses. Nat Rev Neurosci 2009 May; 10(5) :373-83

Branco T, Staras K, Darcy KJ, Goda Y. Local dendritic activity sets release probability at hippocampal synapses. Neuron 2008 Aug 14; 59(3) :475-85. 

Tiago Branco

SWC Senior Research Fellow
Wellcome Trust Henry Dale Fellow
Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
University College London
Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
25 Howland Street London W1T 4JG.