Our research interests include the neurobiology of complex learning and emotional memory and the mechanisms and roles of neuromodulation in large neural networks in the context of spatial navigation. We use a multi-disciplinary approach that includes computational, in vitro and in vivo techniques.

optoThe experimental aspects of this research include a combination of in vitro and in vivo techniques in the rat. We use state of the art neurophysiology techniques that include two-way real-time brain-machine interfaces, wireless recordings and "hyperdrives" allowing for the simultaneous recordings of many neurons in the behaving animal. We also recently started using optogenetic tools to manipulate neural activity in vivo using light, and small robots that interact with the rats! rr

The theoretical aspects of our work involves the use of computational modeling techniques to simulate the activity of single cells and networks of interconnected cells. These computer simulations reproduce and explain experimental data, and generate predictions that can in turn be tested experimentally. We also are interested in Artificial Intelligence techniques for the analysis of large datasets.

Of general Interest, a.k.a if you want to know what we are interested in!: Lab Meeting Journal Club papers ----- Theoretical Neuroscience Journal Club Papers