[Comp-neuro] Graduate study in the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, Columbia University

Ken Miller ken at neurotheory.columbia.edu
Thu Nov 19 16:53:17 CET 2009


The Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at Columbia University in New
York City is accepting applications for graduate students.  We provide
an exciting and interactive environment for neural theorists embedded
within the vibrant Columbia neuroscience community. Students may work
on purely theoretical projects, on the theoretical and analytical side
of a collaboration with experimentalists, or may choose to do both
theory and experiment.  Dual mentors (theory and experiment) are
encouraged though not required. The full range of Columbia's neuroscience,
math, physics, and other coursework are available to all students. The
also provides training and collaboration opportunities for students
engaged in experimental neuroscience.

The faculty of the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience (CTN)
(http://www.neurotheory.columbia.edu) include:

Larry Abbott, Co-Director: Computational modeling and mathematical analysis
of neurons and neural networks.
Ken Miller, Co-Director: Theory and modeling of the circuitry, development,
and function of sensory cortex
Stefano Fusi: Modeling higher cognitive functions, theory of neural circuits
implementing abstract rules.
Liam Paninski: Statistical analysis of the neural code.
Ning Qian: Visual computation and psychophysics.
Misha Tsodyks (Visiting, 3 months/year): Models of brain function.

We have rich interactions with the larger Columbia neuroscience
community (see http://www.neuroscience.columbia.edu), including many
active collaborations.  While students may work with any Columbia
faculty, those with whom CTN has thus far had the most active
interactions include:

Richard Axel: Defining the logic of olfactory perception
Randy Bruno: Synaptic connectivity underlying cortical computation
Aniruddha Das: The brain mechanisms of early stages of visual processing
Vince Ferrera: Cognitive visual neuroscience
Claude Ghez: Control of limb movements in humans and animals
Mickey Goldberg: The physiology of cognitive processes: visual attention,
spatial perception and decision making.
Jackie Gottlieb: Neural mechanisms of attention and cognition
Norma Graham: Psychophysics and mathematical models of visual perception
Wes Grueber: Mechanisms of dendritic morphogenesis and patterning
Rene Hen: Animal models of depression and anxiety; neurogenesis
Joy Hirsch: Neuroimaging of cognitive, perceptual, emotional, and language
processes in health and in psychiatric and neurological disorders
Tom Jessell: The specification of neuronal identity and connectivity
Eric Kandel: Molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms of memory storage
John Krakauer: Neural basis of limb movement control in health and
neurologic disease
Attila Losonczy: Dendritic and synaptic mechanisms of information processing
and storage
Dan Salzman: Neural mechanisms underlying emotional learning and behavior
Nate Sawtell: Cerebellum and cerebellum-like structures; how past experience
and sensorimotor context affect sensory processing
Steve Siegelbaum: Voltage-gated ion channels and dendritic integration in
learning, memory, and information processing
Chris Wiggins: Applied mathematics, networks, machine learning
Sarah Wooley: Neural mechanisms of auditory perception and vocal
Rafa Yuste: Structure, function and development of the cortical
Charles Zucker: How the periphery and the brain encode and decode sensory
stimuli: taste coding, thermosensation, spatial coding.

TO APPLY: You may work with us as a member of any graduate program at
Columbia. Most often our students come from the Neurobiology and
Behavior graduate program (http://www.neurosciencephd.columbia.edu;
APPLICATION DEADLINE DECEMBER 7 2009), but students may also come from
other programs such as Applied Math, Bioengineering, Physics, or
Statistics. See http://www.neurotheory.columbia.edu/apply.html for
more general instructions, including links to a variety of relevant
Columbia graduate programs.

Center for Theoretical Neuroscience: http://www.neurotheory.columbia.edu
Neuroscience at Columbia: http://www.neuroscience.columbia.edu
Neurobiology and Behavior Ph.D. program:
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