Building 46 and Headquarters

Building 46 and Headquarters

The MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences is unique on the MIT campus in that nearly all of our research and academic activity happens in one place, Building 46, a state-of-the-art facility designed to support groundbreaking science. 

Within our laboratories, the BCS community has access to the latest technology, from gene manipulation and multi-electrode recording, to functional brain imaging and optogenetics, CLARITY, and CRISPR. We use top-of-the-line equipment to conduct our work, including MEG and fMRI scanning machines, a high-density micro arraying device, and multiple Beowulf clusters for parallel computation. 

There is an exciting synergy here, with students and scientists making connections and working across disciplines. It creates a fertile environment of innovation ideally suited for our work: finding answers to the most important questions about the human brain. 

Things to know about Building 46: 

  • Access to the building is restricted from 6pm to 6am Monday through Friday, and all day on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. 
  • You must have an ID card to enter the building after hours and should keep it on you at all times.  
Administrative contact list

The staff members of BCS HQ are available to help the BCS community on a variety of topics.  Contact information and areas of responsibility are below.

Human Resources



Communications, Development, Industry Relations, and Events

  • Director of Strategic Scientific Development/Industry Liaison: Rachel Donahue 
  • Communications Officer/Scientific Writer: Tristan Davies
  • Departmental Events Coordinator: Vacant

Outreach and Diversity

Facilities and Operations