Bernardo L. Sabatini

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Bernardo Luis Sabatini
Alma materHarvard Medical School
Scientific career
InstitutionsHarvard Medical School

Bernardo L. Sabatini is an American neuroscientist who is the Alice and Rodman W. Moorhead III Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School.[1]

Education and academic career[edit]

Sabatini received his B.S. in biomedical engineering from Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in neurobiology and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, having attended the joint M.D.-Ph.D. program co-administered by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduation he began as a postdoctoral fellow with Karel Svoboda, then at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.[2]

In 2001, Sabatini established his own research group in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. He was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in 2008.[2] He is also an investigator with the Simons Foundation's Collaboration on the Global Brain.[3] He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014[4] and the National Academy of Sciences in 2019.[5]


Sabatini's research group studies the biophysics of synapses and synaptic plasticity, and the connection between properties of neurons and their networks to animal behavior and disease. The group has developed methods and technologies to support this work and is well known in particular for advances in two-photon microscopy and more recently, super-resolution microscopy.[6] He is one of six co-founders of the Italy-based biotechnology company OptogeniX, which sells equipment for optogenetics studies.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Sabatini is the son of Argentine immigrants David D. Sabatini, a cell biologist at New York University, and Zulema Sabatini, a doctor. Bernardo Sabatini's older brother David M. Sabatini is also an M.D.-Ph.D. and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[8] He has three sons; the eldest is a student at the University of Chicago, while the middle attends Harvard College. The youngest son currently goes to Buckingham Browne & Nichols School.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Bernardo Sabatini". Harvard Medical School Department of Neurobiology. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Bernardo L. Sabatini". Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Bernardo Sabatini". Simons Foundation. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Bernardo Luis Sabatini". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  5. ^ "2019 NAS Election". Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Sabatini Lab Research". Harvard University. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Founders". OptogeniX. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  8. ^ Ware, Lauren (2013). "Science in their Blood". HHMI Bulletin. Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Retrieved 5 April 2017.