Biografía

Me interesa la memoria, la plasticidad neuronal, cómo se sincronizan las neuronas y cómo se transforman las señales dentro y entre las regiones del cerebro. Quiero usar lo que hemos aprendido sobre el acoplamiento hipocampal-cortical normal para desarrollar nuevas terapias para tratar la epilepsia. Completé mi licenciatura en neurociencia en McGill trabajando con Véronique Bohbot, mi doctorado en la Universidad de Boston con Howard Eichenbaum, y mi postdoctorado con György Buzsáki en NYULMC. En agosto de 2020 soy profesor asistente en el Instituto de Neurociencias de la Universidad de Nuevo México, Albuquerque.

Áreas de especialidad

Memoria
Plasticidad sinaptica
Oscilación neuronal
Epilepsia

Educación

PhD, Neuroscience, (2014):
Boston University - Purdue University
Boston, MA

Logros y premios

  • NIMH R00MH118423

Publicaciones clave

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=70S95lYAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Género

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Idiomas

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Investigación

I study how memory spaces form. Somehow the brain compresses irrelevant details while parsing features that lead to divergent futures. Part of the challenge of building such a memory space lies in the allocation of similar neural activity to situations that require common responses. This allocation must be done right if action is to appropriately generalize in novel circumstances. Since every moment is unique, we must somehow extract and generalize commonalities to understand the causal structure of our world.

How do we do that? How does the brain pull up the right pattern of neural activity at the right moment? What does it mean for these patterns to be similar enough to one another to drive appropriate actions? What is the right neural code to consider to begin this line of inquiry?

One important feature is the pattern of neural co-activity. My work focuses on what makes certain neurons fire together at the expense of others. I study how those neural patterns propagate, and how neural representations change with learning.

The rules of neural synchronization can go awry during epilepsy. In addition to my basic science research, my lab is working towards developing seizure forecasting algorithms and closed-loop stimulation protocols to control the spread of seizures. A major consequence of epilepsy is memory deficits. My lab will seek an understanding of why that is so, and what can be done to help.