The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre brings together world-leading scientists to investigate neural circuits and behaviour. The centre is based at University College London (UCL), and is a collaboration between Wellcome and the Gatsby Foundation.
Professor Mrsic-Flogel joins the centre from Basel University, where he led a team researching how vision is processed in the brain. Before this, he was a Wellcome Fellow in the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology at UCL.
Wellcome's Director Jeremy Farrar said: "Sainsbury Wellcome Centre researchers are exploring the boundaries of what we know of the brain. Their work to understand how the billions of neurons making up our brains relate to what we do, think and feel, is hugely important and exciting. And thanks to rapid developments in technology it’s now achievable.
"We’re delighted Tom Mrsic-Flogel, with his impressive track record in fundamental brain research, will be at the centre’s helm."
The centre's current director, John O’Keefe, will continue to work there as a group leader.