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Join us for the trainee talks at E.A.R.S. on 3/16:  

Alice Burghard (UConn Health)

Mateo Lopez-Espejo (Oregon Health and Science University)

Chase Mackey (Vanderbilt University)

Alice Milne (University College London)

Nihaad Paraouty (New York University)

Magdalena Solyga (Basel University)

Leadership Panel: Maria co-organized the panel on Leadership in Academia for women and members of underrepresented minorities at Cosyne. You can view the panel here.

Panelists: Dr. Carmen Sandi, Professor, Director of the Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics, Brain Mind Institute, EPFL, director of the ALBA network.

Dr. Emmeline Edwards, Director of the Division of Extramural Research of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), founder of World Women in neuroscience.

Dr. Susan Margulies, Wallace H. Coulter Chair, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Injury Biomechanics, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University

 Organizers: Maria Geffen, Eugenia Chiappe. 

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New paper! Our collaborators Mike Seay and Dean Buonomano at UCLA discovered that the dynamics of inhibitory neuronal activity during adaptation can be due to differential short-term synaptic activity in a new paper published in Journal of Neuroscience. Mike and Dean analyzed the data Ryan Natan in our lab had collected to find this beautiful result.

E.A.R.S. seminar: Alexandria and Nathan have been busy organizing the E.A.R.S. seminar. It have been very successful so far, and we have an exciting line-up of speakers planned for the spring of 2021. Check out the E.A.R.S. website! Also, apply to present in the trainee talks on 3/16 or 5/11.

A.P.A.N. 2020: We have been able to restart our research, and now our team is so happy to get together with our auditory community and present our work (online). Check out the talk by Alex and our posters:

Lesicko, A., Geffen, M.N. The auditory cortex regulates deviance detection in the inferior colliculus of awake mice. APAN.

Williams, A., Geffen, M.N. (2020) Sound improves neural encoding of stimulus direction in mouse V1. APAN.

Wood, K.C, Angeloni, C.F., Oxman, K., Clopath, C., Geffen, M.N. (2020) Neuronal activity in sensory cortex predicts the specificity of learning. APAN.

Ding, X., Wood, K.C., Geffen, M.N. (2020) Representations of complex sounds in AC are modulated by temporal context. APAN

Garami, L., Angeloni, C.F., Ding, X., Geffen, M.N. Predictable Stimulus Encoding in Auditory Cortex. APAN.

Angeloni, C.F., Wood, K.C., Garami, L., Geffen, M.N. Efficient coding in auditory cortex determines target detection behavior. APAN/

Tobin, M., Wood, K.C., Stiso, J., Bassett, D., Geffen, M.N. (2020) Role of interneurons in populations’ neural coding and network properties in auditory cortex. APAN.

Rolón-Martínez, S., Geffen, M. N. (2020) Role of inhibitory neuron types of the TRN in auditory processing. APAN.

2020 Update: It’s been a tough few months. We miss being in the lab, working and laughing together. We have been having daily check-ins and even afternoon tea on zoom. We miss our families and friends, both close and across the ocean. We are all doing our best to stay healthy, and reorganize our research to data analysis and writing. So far so good!

October 2019: At SFN 2019, come to our presentations: We have 4 posters on Tuesday afternoon, 574.20574.27574.28574.29; a platform presentation on Tuesday at 2:35 PM 531.05, and a poster by our collaborators Mike Seay and Dean Buonomano on Sunday morning 137.01.

August 2019: We wrote a fun news and views piece on a recent finding from the Woolley lab about the neuronal basis for the specialization of birdsong processing: Birds of a different feather sing together. Nature Neuroscience

August 2019: Maria has had a blast directing the Cajal Course in Computational Neuroscience at the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown in Lisbon. She will miss all the students (and course faculty), and can’t wait to do it all over again next summer!

August 2019: Maria has had a blast directing the Cajal Course in Computational Neuroscience at the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown in Lisbon. She will miss all the students (and course faculty), and can’t wait to do it all over again next summer!

May 2019: Congratulations to the Geffen lab on escaping (50% of us) from a dark and spooky vault! 

May 2019: We discovered that the fear center of the brain uses an inhibitory projection to control sensory processing. BioRXiv

April 2019: Congratulations to Dr. Blackwell on a successful defense of her Ph.D. thesis. Enjoy Stony Brook!

December 2018: Our new paper based on a collaboration with Dani Bassett and Rick Betzel is on BioRXiv: Betzel, R.F., Wood, K.C., Angeloni, C.F., Geffen, M.N., Bassett, D.S. (2018) Stability of spontaneous, correlated activity in mouse auditory cortex. BioRXiv We find that a small subset of neurons in the auditory cortex serve as a network core, stabilizing the cortical network over weeks.

October 2018: We welcome our new postdoc, Alex Lesicko! Alex received her PhD at the University of Illinois in the laboratory of Daniel Llanos where she studied the neuronal circuits in the inferior colliculus.

October 2018: We welcome our new postdoc, Alex Lesicko! Alex received her PhD at the University of Illinois in the laboratory of Daniel Llanos where she studied the neuronal circuits in the inferior colliculus.

February 2018: Modulating interneurons can have vastly different effects on neuronal activity across subjects, but those effects are correlated with behavior: see our paper now in print in J Neuroscience. PDF