I am interested in mechanisms underlying response properties of neurons in primary sensory cortex using both electrophysiology and imaging in vivo. As sensory information moves from the periphery to the cortex the representation of the world is systematically transformed. Understanding the basis for these transformations sheds light on how the brain makes sense of the complicated world in which we reside.
My research interest is to understand the neural bases of visual perception in the visual cortex. Specifically, by using whole-cell intracellular recordings in the cortex of behaving animals, I aim to investigate the relationships between membrane potentials of single cortical neurons and perceptual decisions in detection tasks.
I am interested in studying the binocular integration in mouse visual cortex. I train animals to perform binocular tasks while manipulating the activities in the brain using optogenetics. I also use 2 photon imaging in awake behaving animals to look at the activities of neurons when the animals are doing a specific task.
I am interested in understanding sensory transformations and their mechanisms in the visual system. I study this using in vivo two photon calcium imaging and in vivo intracellular recordings.
|Research and Technical Staff|
neurophysiology lab technician and manager
|Devon Greer (former research technician) currently a graduate student at Northwestern University
Mert Erdenizmenli (former research technician)
Benjamin Scholl (former Ph.D. student) currently a post-doc at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.
Sari Andoni (former post-doctoral student) currently at SparkCognition.
Joe Corey (former M.S. student) currently at Agent Ace.
Deepankar Mohanty (former undergraduate researcher) finished at Baylor Medical School
Brandon Brown (former research technician)
Neda Shahidi (former research technician) currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.