Neurosciences Graduate Training Program – University of California, San Diego. Deadline: December 1, 2008
The goal of the Computational Neurobiology Graduate Program at UCSD
is to train researchers who are equally at home measuring large-scale brain activity, analyzing the data with advanced computational techniques, and developing new models for brain development and function.
Candidates from a wide range of backgrounds are invited to apply, including Biology, Psychology, Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics. The three major themes in the training program are:
1. Neurobiology of Neural Systems: Anatomy, physiology and behavior of systems of neurons. Using modern neuroanatomical, behavioral, neuropharmacological and electrophysiological techniques. Lectures, wet laboratories and computer simulations, as well as research rotations. Major new imaging and recording techniques also will be taught, including two-photon laser scanning microscopy and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
2. Algorithms and Realizations for the Analysis of Neuronal Data: New algorithms and techniques for analyzing data obtained from physiological recording, with an emphasis on recordings from large populations of neurons with imaging and multielectrode recording techniques. New methods for the study of co-ordinated activity, such as multi-taper spectral analysis and Independent Component Analysis (ICA).
3. Neuroinformatics, Dynamics and Control of Systems of Neurons: Theoretical aspects of single cell function and emergent properties as many neurons interact among themselves and react to sensory inputs. A synthesis of approaches from mathematics and physical sciences as well as biology will be used to explore the collective properties and nonlinear dynamics of neuronal systems, as well as issues of sensory coding and motor control.
Participating Faculty include:
* Henry Abarbanel (Physics): Nonlinear and oscillatory dynamics; modeling central pattern generators in the lobster stomatogastric ganglion. Director, Institute for Nonlinear Systems at UCSD
* Thomas Albright (Salk Institute): Motion processing in primate visual cortex; linking single neurons to perception; fMRI in awake, behaving monkeys. Director, Sloan Center for Theoretical Neurobiology
* Darwin Berg (Neurobiology): Regulation synaptic components, assembly and localization, function and long-term stability.
* Ed Callaway (Salk Institute): Neural circuits, visual perception, visual cortex Genetic tools for tracing neural pathways.
* Gert Cauwenberghs (Biology): Neuromorphic Engineering; analog VLSI chips; wireless recording and nanoscale instrumentation for neural systems; large-scale cortical modeling.
* EJ Chichilnisky (Salk Institute): Retinal multielectrode recording; neural coding, visual perception.
* Garrison Cottrell (Computer Science and Engineering): Dynamical neural network models and learning algorithms
* Virginia De Sa (Cognitive Science): Computational basis of perception and learning (both human and machine); multi-sensory integration and contextual influences
* Mark Ellisman (Neurosciences, School of Medicine): High resolution electron and light microscopy; anatomical reconstructions. Director, National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research
* Fred Gage (Salk Institute): Neurogenesis and models of the hippocampus; neuronal diversity, neural stem cells.
* Robert Hecht-Nielsen (Electrical and Computer Engineering): Neural computation and the functional organization of the cerebral cortex. Founder of Hecht-Nielsen Corporation
* Harvey Karten (Neurosciences, School of Medicine): Anatomical, physiological and computational studies of the retina and optic tectum of birds and squirrels
* David Kleinfeld (Physics): Active sensation in rats; properties of neuronal assemblies; optical imaging of large-scale activity.
* William Kristan (Neurobiology): Computational Neuroethology; functional and developmental studies of the leech nervous system, including studies of the bending reflex and locomotion. Director, Neurosciences Graduate Program at UCSD
* Herbert Levine (Physics): Nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation in physical and biological systems, including cardiac dynamics and the growth and form of bacterial colonies
* Scott Makeig (Institute for Neural Computation): Analysis of cognitive event-related brain dynamics and fMRI using time-frequency and Independent Component Analysis
* Javier Movellan (Institute for Neural Computation): Sensory fusion and learning algorithms for continuous stochastic systems
* Mikhael Rabinovich (Institute for Nonlinear Science): Dynamical systems analysis of the stomatogastric ganglion of the lobster and the antenna lobe of insects
* Pamela Reinagel (Biology): Sensory and neural coding; natural scene statistics; recordings from the visual system of cats and rodents.
* Massimo Scanziani (Biology): Neural circuits in the somotosensory cortex; physiology of synaptic transmission; inhibitory mechanisms.
* Terrence Sejnowski (Salk Institute/Neurobiology): Computational neurobiology; physiological studies of neuronal reliability and synaptic mechanisms. Director, Institute for Neural Computation
* Tanya Sharpee (Salk): Statistical physics and information theory
approach to understanding sensory processing. Statistical properties
of natural auditory and visual environments.
* Nicholas Spitzer (Neurobiology): Regulation of ionic channels and neurotransmitters in neurons; effects of electrical activity in developing neurons on neural function. Chair of Neurobiology
* Charles Stevens (Salk Institute): Synaptic physiology; theoretical models of neuroanatomical scaling.
* Roger Tsien (Chemistry): Second messenger systems in neurons; development of new optical and MRI probes of neuron function, including calcium indicators and caged neurotransmitters
* Ruth Williams (Mathematics): Probabilistic analysis of stochastic systems and continuous learning algorithms
On-line applications:
The deadline for completed application materials, including letters of
recommendation, is December 1, 2008.

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