Developmental Biology Program

The Thomas Vierbuchen Lab



Thomas S. Vierbuchen, PhD

Assistant Professor

The Vierbuchen laboratory seeks to elucidate fundamental mechanisms governing the production of the myriad neuronal cell types required to build functioning neural circuits. To model these dynamic developmental processes, we direct the differentiation of mouse and human pluripotent stem cells into specific neuronal cell types in a dish. This reductionist system allows us to recapitulate neural tube patterning and neuronal differentiation under controlled conditions and at a scale that makes it possible to use genetic screens, genomics, and systems genetics to characterize the underlying cell signaling and gene regulatory processes with unprecedented resolution. In the long term, we will apply these insights to better understand the complex genetic underpinnings of psychiatric and neurodegenerative disease.

The Thomas Vierbuchen Lab


Vierbuchen T*, Ling E*, Cowley C, Couch C, Harmin DA, Wang X, Roberts CW, Greenberg ME.  AP-1 transcription factors and the BAF complex mediate signal-dependent enhancer selection. Molecular Cell 68, 1067-1082 (2017)

Vierbuchen T, Ostermeier A, Pang ZP, Kokubu Y, Sudhof T, Wernig M.  Direct conversion of fibroblasts to functional neurons by defined factors. Nature 463, 1035–1041 (2010)

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Thomas Vierbuchen

Thomas S. Vierbuchen, PhD

Assistant Professor

  • The Vierbuchen laboratory directs the differentiation of mouse and human pluripotent stem cells to characterize fundamental mechanisms of neuronal cell fate specification and function.
  • PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine


Emily Corrigan
Emily Corrigan

Research Technician

Rachel Glenn

Graduate Student, Weill Cornell BCMB program

Mohammed T. Islam

Graduate Student, Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Yuan Lin
Yuan Lin

Research Fellow

Daniel Medina-Cano
Daniel Medina-Cano

Research Fellow - NYSTEM Training Award at the CSCB

Kate Romero
Kate Romero

Administrative Assistant

Sarah Teed
Sarah Teed

Senior Research Technician

Lab Affiliations


  • Josie Robertson Investigator (2018-2023)
  • David Hubel Award, Neurobiology Department, Harvard Medical School (2017)
  • HHMI Fellow of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (2014-2018)
  • Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award (2013)
  • Collegiate Inventors Competition (Finalist, 2010)

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  • Neucyte Inc.
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