Faculty Profile

The Courant Institute regrets to inform you that Professor David Cai passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
Photograph of David Cai

David Cai

Professor of Mathematics and Neural Science


Ph.D., Physics, Northwestern University, USA, 1994.
M.S., Physics, Northwestern University, USA, 1989.
B.S., Physics, Peking University, China, 1984.

Research Interests

My current research focuses on theoretical and computational neuroscience, network dynamics, wave turbulence, applied dynamical systems, and applied stochastic processes and includes the development of theoretical and computational tools for their applications in physics, biology, and neuroscience.

Selected Publications

Q. Chen, L. Jiang, C. Li, D. Hu, J. Bu, D. Cai, and J. Du , "Haemodynamics-driven developmental pruning of brain vasculature in zebrafish", PLoS Biology 10, e1001374 (2012) (Profiled with "Pruning brain vasculature for efficiency" in PLOS Biology and in Research Highlights; "Low-flow blood vessel pruning" in Nature 488, 560 (2012))
D. Zhou, A. Rangan, D. McLaughlin, and D. Cai, "Spatiotemporal dynamics of neuronal population response in the primary visual cortex", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110, 9517-9522 (2013)
D. Zhou, Y. Xiao, Y. Zhang, Z. Xu, and D. Cai, "Causal and Structural Connectivity of Pulse-coupled Nonlinear Networks", Physical Review Letters 111, 054102 (2013)