News & Announcements Archive

New Assistant Professor Joins MBI

MBI welcomes new Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Chris Fetsch, Ph.D., who joined the institute in July.  Dr. Fetsch comes to Johns Hopkins from Columbia University, where he was a postdoctoral Fellow with Michael Shadlen.  His research focuses on how humans and animals make perceptual decisions in the face of uncertainty.  Read more about Dr. Fetsch… Read more »


New Grant Awarded to Study Neural Representation of Space

MBI Researcher James Knierim, in collaboration with Noah Cowan of the JHU Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded a new, 5-year grant from NIH.  The project, entitled “A Control Theoretic Approach to Addressing Hippocampal Function,” will use engineering analyses and principles to investigate how neurons in the hippocampus and related structures construct mental maps… Read more »


MBI Scientist Ernst Niebur Awarded Discovery Grant

Prof. Ernst Niebur of the MBI has been awarded a highly competitive Johns Hopkins University Discovery Award, together with Prof. Robert Wojciechowski from the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Prof. Howard Egeth from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. This interdisciplinary JHU team is complemented… Read more »


MBI Postdoctoral Researcher Pierre Sacre Awarded KavliNDI Fellowship

Pierre Sacre, a postdoctoral fellow affiliated with the Mind/Brain Institute, was one of the recipients of the inaugural Postdoctoral Discovery Fellows Program of the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Sacre will be working with Prof. Ernst Niebur of the Mind/Brain Institute and Prof. Sridevi Sarma in the Department of Biomedical Engineering… Read more »


MBI Postdoctoral Researcher Manu Madhav Awarded KavliNDI 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… Read more »


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.


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. Read the… Read more »


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, titled “Neuronal mechanisms of perceptual organization in the primate visual system,” combines experimental and theoretical studies with neuromorphic engineering implementations to elucidate the… Read more »


Nielsen Publishes in Neuron

MBI Assistant 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.