Staff Profiles

Luke Campagnola, Ph.D.

Scientist III

Luke joined the Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2015 as part of a team investigating circuits and synaptic properties in the mouse neocortex. Prior to joining the institute, his pre- and postdoctoral research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill focused on understanding the circuitry that underlies the lowest levels of auditory information processing. For his doctoral research under Dr. Paul Manis, Luke used in vitro photostimulation to map and characterize the synaptic connections in the cochlear nucleus. As a postdoc, he used these characterizations to develop a physiological model of the cochlear nucleus circuit. Luke received his BS in physics from the Colorado School of Mines and his PhD in neurobiology from the University of North Carolina.


Research Interests

The vast complexity of the brain makes it one of the most interesting and difficult topics in science today. Many hypotheses about the brain can only be tested by constructing a physiological model of comparable complexity. This, in turn, relies on experiments that yield detailed information about the substrate of the brain—intrinsic cell properties, circuit connectivity, and synapse properties. These two aspects of neuroscience—modelling and experimentation—form a feedback loop that moves us iteratively toward better models: experimental output drives new models, and model output guides the design of new experiments. I am interested in the use and development high-throughput methods to characterize synapse properties such as connectivity, strength, kinetics and short term plasticity, with emphasis on generating the data we need to constrain circuit models. Ultimately, collecting this data will require a combination of techniques including parallel patch-clamp recordings, photostimulation mapping, tracer injections, and a variety of genetic tools.


  • Systems neuroscience
  • Patch electrophysiology and optophysiology
  • Physiological circuit modelling

Research Programs

  • Structured Science
  • Research Science -- Cell Types


Selected Publications

Local connectivity and synaptic dynamics in mouse and human neocortex

March 11, 2022

Campagnola L, Seeman SC, Chartrand T, Kim L, Hoggarth A, Gamlin C, Ito S, Trinh J, Davoudian P, Radaelli C, Kim MH, Hage T, Braun T, Alfiler L, Andrade J, Bohn P, Dalley R, Henry A, Kebede S, Alice M, Sandman D, Williams G, Larsen R, Teeter C, Daigle TL, Berry K, Dotson N, Enstrom R, Gorham M, Hupp M, Dingman Lee S, Ngo K, Nicovich PR, Potekhina L, Ransford S, Gary A, Goldy J, McMillen D, Pham T, Tieu M, Siverts L, Walker M, Farrell C, Schroedter M, Slaughterbeck C, Cobb C, Ellenbogen R, Gwinn RP, Keene CD, Ko AL, Ojemann JG, Silbergeld DL, Carey D, Casper T, Crichton K, Clark M, Dee N, Ellingwood L, Gloe J, Kroll M, Sulc J, Tung H, Wadhwani K, Brouner K, Egdorf T, Maxwell M, McGraw M, Pom CA, Ruiz A, Bomben J, Feng D, Hejazinia N, Shi S, Szafer A, Wakeman W, Phillips J, Bernard A, Esposito L, D'Orazi FD, Sunkin S, Smith K, Tasic B, Arkhipov A, Sorensen S, Lein E, Koch C, Murphy G, Zeng H, Jarsky T

Synaptic connectivity to L2/3 of primary visual cortex measured by two-photon optogenetic stimulation

January 21, 2022

Hage TA, Bosma-Moody A, Baker CA, Kratz MB, Campagnola L, Jarsky T, Zeng H, Murphy GJ

Bright and photostable chemigenetic indicators for extended in vivo voltage imaging

August 16, 2019

Abdelfattah AS, Kawashima T, Singh A, Novak O, Liu H, Shuai Y, Huang YC, Campagnola L, Seeman SC, Yu J, Zheng J, Grimm JB, Patel R, Friedrich J, Mensh BD, Paninski L, Macklin JJ, Murphy GJ, Podgorski K, Lin BJ, Chen TW, Turner GC, Liu Z, Koyama M, Svoboda K, Ahrens MB, Lavis LD, Schreiter ER

Sparse recurrent excitatory connectivity in the microcircuit of the adult mouse and human cortex

September 26, 2018

Seeman SC, Campagnola L, Davoudian PA, Hoggarth A, Hage TA, Bosma-Moody A, Baker CA, Lee, JH, Mihalas S, Teeter C, Ko AL, Ojemann JG, Gwinn RP, Silbergeld DL, Cobbs C, Phillips J, Lein E, Murphy G, Koch C, Zeng H, Jarsky T

A Map of Functional Synaptic Connectivity in the Mouse Anteroventral Cochlear Nucleus

Journal of Neuroscience
February 5, 2014

Campagnola L, Manis PB

ACQ4: an open-source software platform for data acquisition and analysis in neurophysiology research

Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
January 30, 2014

Campagnola L, Kratz MB, Manis PB

Fiber-coupled light-emitting diode for localized photostimulation of neurons expressing channelrhodopsin-2

Journal of Neuroscience Methods
March 30, 2008

Campagnola L, Wang H, Zylka MJ