Our work centers on understanding the processes that shape our visual representation of the world. How is it that an overabundance of external sensory information is altered into an effective representation of the world around us? The visual information we receive is systematically transformed along this pathway, from the periphery to cortex. To better understand this process, we study the mechanisms that contribute to neuronal responses in the primary sensory cortex.
To accomplish this, we use a combination of techniques including optogenetics, electrophysiology, in vivo two photon calcium imaging, and behavioral training.