We are looking for outstanding, highly motivated, and scientifically curious PhD students or postdocs to fill two positions in two ongoing projects in the lab.
In these two projects we investigate different aspect of cortical computation. Our approach is motivated by the notion that to understanding cortical computations we need to study simpler cortical systems. We therefor set to investigate the ancestral cortex of reptiles which is the closest to the first cortex appearing in evolution.
CortiCodes – In this project we set out to study visual processing in turtle cortex. Surprisingly, unlike mammalian primary cortices, the turtle cortex lacks a topographic representation of visual space and exhibits sparse and variable responses to visual stimuli. Consistently, visual stimulation recruits waves and oscillations that span the entire cortex. These characteristics are not in-line with the notion that neurons extract local features of visual space, but rather suggest that global population codes are employed. We will explore these codes by employing a combination of in-vivo and ex-vivo large-scale electrophysiology and behavioral analysis.
Brain state evolution - In this project we set out to investigate the functional role of neuronal organization across different brain states. During such states the neo-cortex and the hippocampus exhibit marked transitions in population patterns, the function of which is still not understood. We will focus on bearded dragons which brain exhibits very organized transitions between states during sleep and wakefulness. We will study the organization and function of these transitions by employing in-vivo electrophysiology, quantitative behavioral analysis and new behavioral paradigms.
Requirements - We encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply. Preference will be given to students with a background in engineering, computer science or physics or students with experience in electrophysiology (extra-cellular or intracellular) or animal behavior.