Gordon Berman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of BiologyEmory University
Gordon Berman is a theoretical biophysicist who uses mathematical and computational tools to gain insight into animal behavior and its neurobiological, genetic, and evolutionary underpinnings. His group specializes in the data-driven modeling of behavior across a variety of species, from flies to rodents to humans, attempting to understand how animals utilize their full repertoire of behaviors, bridging time scales ranging from fractions of a second to minutes to hours to a lifetime. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University, where he studied the biomechanical and aerodynamic basis of insect flight with Z. Jane Wang. Dr. Berman then moved to the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Biology at Princeton University, where he worked with William Bialek and Joshua Shaevitz to develop novel methods for the unsupervised characterization of naturalistic animal behavior. He joined the Biology Department at Emory University in 2015, and he also holds adjunct appointments at the Yerkes National Primate Center and the Emory-Georgia Tech WH Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering.