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  • Retirement Symposium honoring Rudiger von der Heydt 15-16 May 2017

    Schedule of Events (pdf)
  • MBI Postdoctoral Researcher Awarded Kavli Fellowship


    Manu Madhav, a postdoctoral fellow in the Knierim lab, was one of the recipients of the inaugural Postdoctoral Discovery Fellows Program of the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute of Johns Hopkins University.  This award, in collaboration with the Cowan lab of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, will support Manu’s research using virtual reality technology, neurophysiology, and engineering analysis principles to uncover the relationship between internal brain dynamics and external sensory input in creating neural representations underlying navigation and memory.

  • MBI Researchers Publish in Neuron


    MBI graduate student Doug GoodSmith and postdoctoral fellow Xiaojing Chen published a new paper in Neuron. This paper resulted from a collaboration between the Knierim lab of MBI and Kim Christian of the Song lab of the JHU Institute for Cell Engineering.  Their findings described the spatial firing characteristics and pattern separation properties of different cell types in the dentate gyrus region of the hippocampus. 


    GoodSmith D, Chen X, Wang C, Kim SH, Song H, Burgalossi A, Christian K, and Knierim JJ.  Spatial Representations of Granule Cells and Mossy Cells of the Dentate Gyrus.

    Neuron 93:677-90, 2017.


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    Nakazawa K. Dentate Mossy Cell and Pattern Separation. Neuron 93:465-7, 2017.

  • Knierim Lab Publishes New Paper in eLife


    Research Scientist Francesco Savelli of the Knierim lab published a new article on the functional properties of “grid cells”—the brains’ “internal GPS”—in the journal eLife.  This paper showed that the spatial tuning of these cells are strongly influenced by remote visual landmarks, in addition to the well-known influence of geometric boundaries of the environment.


    Savelli F, Luck JD, Knierim JJ. Framing of grid cells within and beyond navigation boundaries. eLife 2017;6:e21354

  • MBI Researchers Awarded New Collaborative Grant     


    MBI Professors Ernst Niebur and Rudiger von der Heydt were awarded a new NIH research grant, in collaboration with Prof. Ralph Etienne-Cummings of the Department of Electrical and Chemical Engineering.  The grant, entitled “Neuronal mechanisms of perceptual organization in the primate visual system,” combines experimental and theoretical studies with neuromorphic engineering implementations to elucidate the interface between visual feature representations and attentive cognitive processes.

  • Nielsen Publishes in Neuron


    MBI Asst. Professor Kristina Nielsen published a research article in the journal Neuron.  In collaboration with researchers at the Salk Institute, Nielsen and her colleagues demonstrated a new organizing principle of how visual features are mapped efficiently in the primary visual cortex of macaque monkeys.


    Ian Nauhaus*, Kristina J. Nielsen*, and Edward M. Callaway. Efficient Receptive Field Tiling in Primate V1.  Neuron (* Co first-authors).


  • Niebur Lab Receives New Grant from ONR


    MBI Professor of Neuroscience Ernst Niebur has been awarded a new grant from the Office of Naval Research.  The title of the grant is “Bayesian approach for integrating spatial and temporal information during scene analysis.”

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