News & Announcements Archive

Knierim Lab Publishes Study in Science

The Knierim lab of MBI published a paper in Science that discovered a new role of the Lateral Entorhinal Cortex (LEC)—one of the gateways of information into the hippocampal memory system. The paper’s lead authors, Cheng Wang and Xiaojing Chen, showed that the LEC encodes experience from a first-person (egocentric) perspective, in contrast to the […]

The 2018 Kenneth O. Johnson-Steven S. Hsiao Memorial Lecture

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 4 p.m. Johns Hopkins University Mason Hall Auditorium, Homewood Campus Jack L. Gallant PhD UC Berkeley, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute A deep convolutional energy model of ventral stream areas V1, V2 and V4

MBI Labs Receive New NSF Grant to Study Decision-Making

Professors Ernst Niebur and Veit Stuphorn received a new grant from NSF titled “Human decision-making in complex environments.” The project will investigate the neural circuits involved in representing variables involved in decision-making, integrating these variables to form subjective values, and selecting one of the options in multi-attribute decisions. Niebur and Stuphorn will collaborate with Professor […]

MBI Receives JHU Discovery Awards

The Knierim Lab of MBI was part of 2 successful applications in the 2018 competition for the Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards (https://research.jhu.edu/major-initiatives/discovery-awards/). The first award, titled “Life Without a Dentate Gyrus: A New Mouse Model to Dissect Hippocampal Structure and Function,” is a collaboration with the labs of Jeremy Nathans and Mikhail Pletnikov of the […]

Kirkwood Lab Publishes Study in Nature Neuroscience

The Kirkwood lab of MBI, in collaboration with the Lee Lab, published a new paper in Nature Neuroscience entitled “Two distinct mechanisms for experience-dependent homeostasis.” The study addressed the homeostatic adjustments needed to maintain neuronal firing within an optimal range for information encoding. The principal findings, which revise previous conceptions of homeostatic plasticity, are (1) […]

Nielsen Lab Awarded Three Major Grants

MBI Assistant Professor Kristina Nielsen has recently received three major research awards. (1) A 5-year R01 grant from the National Eye Institute titled “Impact of visual experience on the development of the motion pathway in the ferret.” This project will use electrophysiology, two-photon imaging and behavioral experiments in ferrets of different ages to investigate the […]

The 2017 Kenneth O. Johnson-Steven S. Hsiao Memorial Lecture

October 27, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm @ JHU Homewood Campus Nicole Rust, PhD Associate Professor Visual Memory Laboratory Department of Psychology University of Pennsylvania Multiplexing representations of what we are looking at and memories of whether we’ve seen it before

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 […]

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 […]