Human Brain and Behavior Laboratory 

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Principal Investigators: Dr. JA Scott Kelso and Dr. Emmanuelle Tognoli

The science of coordination aims to understand how the very many different elements of living things - from genes to cells, to neural ensembles, to brains, to societies - are functionally coordinated in space and time. Our current research uses non-invasive imaging methods (EEG, MEG, fMRI, DTI etc) and behavioral measures to investigate brain areas that underlie human learning, cognition, and the disorders thereof.

Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory

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Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert Vertes

Subcortical systems control the hippocampal EEG and its functional significance. We examine brainstem-diencephalic networks that control the theta rhythm and non-theta states of the hippocampal EEG and their role in memory processing functions of the hippocampus.

Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics (MPCR) Lab

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willPrincipal Investigators: Dr. Elan Barenholtz (pictured top) and Dr. William Hahn (pictured left)

How does the brain encode the external world to guide behavior? We are using behavioral, neurophysiological and embedded computational ( robotics) approaches to study the brain and behavior with the goal of developing a broad theoretical framework of neural function.





Vision Research Laboratory

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Principal Investigator: Dr. Howard Hock

The focus of our laboratory is on the identification of mechanisms responsible for the detection of motion, and on the interactions among local motion detectors that result in the formation of global motion patterns. Nonlinear dynamics constitutes the unifying theoretical framework for these studies and is the basis for the computational models through which we simulate our experimental results.

Neurobiological Bases of Learning and Memory Lab

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Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert W. Stackman

The principal research interest is the neurobiology of learning and memory. The lab uses a systems and behavioral neuroscience approach to understand the basic neural mechanisms that underlie mammalian learning and memory - from the analysis of individual cells and molecules to the study of circuits supporting memory processes.

Cognitive Control Lab


Principal Investigator: Dr. Will Alexander

Our research investigates the computational and neural mechanisms underlying cognitive control, decision making and learning.



Gene Therapy Lab


Principal Investigator: Dr. Howard Prentice

Dr. Prentice’s recent investigations have included gene therapy strategies in models of retinal disease. In addition Dr. Prentice has investigated ischemic tissue protection including anti-apoptotic mechanisms and preconditioning pathways. Dr. Prentice’s translational studies have resulted in recent patent awards and these investigations have included analyses of the mechanisms underlying novel stroke therapies.





Human Development Lab




Principal Investigator: Dr. Gizelle Anzures

Research area: development of visual and social cognition, functional brain development 





Retinal Circuitry Lab


Principal Investigator: Dr. Wen Shen

Our primary research interests focus on the mechanisms of visual information processing within the retina.





Visual Perception and Memory Lab


Principal Investigator: Dr. Summer Sheremata

Our primary research focuses on the investigation of attention through various neuroimaging modalities.





Neurodegenerative Disease Lab



Principal Investigator: Dr. Jang Yen Wu

Our research interests are focused on the fundamental principles underlying normal brain function as well as brain diseases.




Biorobotics Lab


Principal Investigator: Dr. Erik Engeberg

Research interests: Robotics and Prosthetics, Energy Harvesting, Sensor Design, Brain-Machine Interfaces, Bioinspiration and Biomimetics





Vision Lab


Principal Investigator: Dr. Sammy Hong

The long-term objective of my research is to provide a better understanding how the human visual system constructs neural representations based on sensory inputs and what neural mechanisms make it possible for us to consciously experience the world based on those representations.







var Principal Investigator: Dr. Carmen Varela

The goal of my lab is to figure out how the interactions between the cellular networks of the limbic thalamus underlie complex processes like the retrieval of memory, its use in learning, or the modulation of learning and memory by internal states (emotion, sleep).








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Principal Investigator: Dr. Behnaz Ghoraani

The goal of my lab is to generate clinically relevant engineering solutions that can benefit global health care, developing signal analysis and machine learning algorithms to tackle significant bottlenecks in data analytics.