The VBL develops tools for experimenting, exploring, and simulating nervous systems.

We are located within the Steinmetz Lab at the University of Washington and many of our projects are collaborations with the International Brain Laboratory.

Please see the individual projects for installation instructions and documentation. You can find all our code on Github.


Core Developers


Daniel Birman, PhD

Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

Dan maintains the core tools in the VBL.


Kenneth Yang

Undergraduate Researcher (Mary Gates Scholar, UW 2025)

Kenneth is building the Electrophysiology Manipulator Link software, allowing you to integrate Sensapex and New Scale manipulators with Pinpoint.


Jasmine Schoch

Undergraduate Researcher (SURFiN Fellow, UW 2025)

Jasmine is piloting new educational tools, which we are hoping to roll out in 2023.


Selina Li

Undergraduate Researcher (UM 2024)

Selina is piloting new 2-photon integrations in Urchin.


Mayo Faulkner

Mayo Faulkner, PhD

UX Engineer - IBL

Cyrille Rossant

Cyrille Rossant, PhD

Scientific Programmer - IBL

Yoni Browning

Yoni Browning, PhD

Scientist - Allen Institute

Past Developers

Kai Nylund

Kai Nylund

Undergraduate Researcher

Qiqi Liang

Qiqi Liang

Undergraduate Researcher


The VBL is funded indirectly by generous grants from the Washington Research Foundation, National Science Foundation, Simons Collaboration for the Global Brain, and the Wellcome Trust.