Corey is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He obtained his B.S. in Chemistry from Tennessee State University in 2000 and his PhD in Neuroscience from MIT in 2006. After working as a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, San Francisco with Arnold Kriegstein, he joined the Harvard Medical School Department of Neurobiology in 2013.
The Harwell Lab is focused on understanding how lineage of neural cell types influences their mature function. His lab follows specific subgroups of neural progenitors through developmental time to understand the genetic and epigenetic programs that determine their ultimate fate. This work requires a multidisciplinary approach utilizing molecular genetics, molecular biology, and neural circuit mapping techniques to analyze the function of temporally defined subgroups of neurons in the developing brain. Together these diverse approaches provide a comprehensive picture of the molecular specification of distinct neuronal cell types and their functional relevance within circuits of the brain.