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Behavioral and Functional Neuroscience Laboratory

Overview of Services




As part of the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute at Stanford, BFNL provides a preclinical discovery platform for CNS target validation in preclinical in vivo and in vitro models. Our well validated neurobehavioral assessment tools in CNS disease models provide a unique platform for the screening and profiling of experimental therapeutics and genetic rodent models.

We are a team of dedicated professionals with years of experience between us in myriad disciplines. United by our common passion for neuroscience and interest in complex, whole-system effects, we aim to accelerate the progress in both fundamental and applied studies of nervous system function. PhD fellows lead multitalented research assistants in teams that focus on specific topics in neurobiology, and collaborate with academic laboratories, non-profit foundations, and biopharmaceutical companies worldwide to support the understanding of human CNS disorders and develop therapeutic interventions. Our overarching goal is to lead and enable translation of scientific discoveries into novel therapeutic approaches that improve the quality of life for patients with disorders of the brain and spinal cord. Our disease models focus includes: cognition and memory, pain, stroke, spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome, Huntington’s disease, ALS, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Schizophrenia, as well as social interaction.



Mehrdad Shamloo, PhD, Director

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology & Comparative Medicine
Director, Behavioral and Functional Neuroscience Laboratory
Stanford University School of Medicine


Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday

9 - 5  

Stanford University (SIM-1, Arastradero, Grant)

Links and Resources

  1. SBNFL Website 


Name Role Phone Email Location
Nay Saw
Core Manager
Stanford University


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Animal Care (VSC) Passthrough


Custom Charge Inquire
Custom Charge (For-Profit Markup) Inquire
Director Consulting (Hourly) Inquire
Facility Rate - Behavior Room with Limited Assistance (Hourly)

For behavior room usage with limited assistance

Facility Rate - Equipment and Procedure Rooms - Limited Assistance (Hourly)

1) use of equipment and procedure rooms with limited assistance

2) long dosing

3) Collaboration

Facility Rate for Behavioral/Pharmacological Studies with full oversight (Hourly) Inquire
Facility usage - No Assistance (Hourly)

No assistance after training



Lokey Stem Cell Research Building 265 Campus Drive Palo Alto, CA 94305 United States also 1050 Arastradero Road Palo Alto, CA 94304