Kurt Haas is a professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He studied neuroscience both for his B.S. at Cornell University and Ph.D. at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine before conducting a postdoctoral fellowship with Holly Cline at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.
Haas trained in electrophysiology, molecular biology and imaging. His research focuses on understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms of early brain circuit formation in normal and disease states, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). His laboratory takes a highly innovative approach by developing novel gene delivery and microscopy technologies for direct rapid imaging of neural growth and activity in the intact and awake developing brain. In order to understand the origins of ASD, Haas’s laboratory employs high-throughput human cell line assays to validate and characterize gene mutations identified in ASD individuals, and then to express these mutations in individual neurons within the intact developing brain to assess effects on neural structural and functional development.