Biophysics for Neural Computation

January 7, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Mark Harnett; hosted by Rich Mooney

Our laboratory studies how the biophysical features of individual neurons endow neural circuits with powerful processing capabilities, ultimately facilitating the complex computations required to drive adaptive behavior. A principal focus of our work is the role of dendrites, the elaborate tree-like structures where neurons receive the vast majority of afferent input. The spatial arrangement of synaptic contacts on dendrites and the interaction of various biophysical mechanisms enable complex integration of synaptic inputs - our hypothesis is that circuit-level computations are built out of these fundamental operations.