News & Announcements

Congratulations to MBI Graduate Student on Thesis Defense!

Douglas GoodSmith, a graduate student in the Knierim lab, successfully defended his thesis dissertation on July 17, 2019 and presented his public seminar on August 16.  His thesis was titled “Firing Correlates and Mnemonic Functions of Dentate Gyrus Granule Cells and Mossy Cells.”  Doug completed his research in collaboration with Dr. Kim Christian and Dr. […]

The Inaugural Guy M. McKhann Lecture

The Inaugural Guy M. McKhann Lecture: “The Neurological Complications of Obesity: A Modern Day Epidemic” To be presented by: Eva L. Feldman, MD, PhD Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology Director, Program for Neurology Research and Discovery University of Michigan Department of Neurology Event Details Thursday, December 5, 2019 3:30 PM The Chevy Chase Auditorium […]

Congratulations to Recent MBI Ph.D. Graduates!

Augusto Lempel, a Neuroscience Program graduate student in the Nielsen lab, and Chia-Hsuan (Shan) Wang, a Neuroscience Program graduate student in the Knierim lab, recently defended their doctoral dissertations.  Augusto defended his thesis, “Higher-order motion processing in the ferret and its development,” on April 24, 2019. Shan defended her thesis, “The cognitive map and compartmentalized […]

Collaboration between MBI and Mechanical Engineering Labs Publish Landmark Study in Nature

The Knierim Lab of MBI and the LIMBS Lab of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (N. Cowan, PI) published a study in the journal Nature that showed how the brain translates movement information (e.g., speed and direction) into a position signal on the brain’s “cognitive map.” By placing rats in an augmented reality environment, lead […]

Nielsen lab publishes paper in Current Biology

The Nielsen lab at MBI recently published a paper in Current Biology. This is the first paper demonstrating that ferret visual cortex handles the processing of complex motion information in a manner highly similar to the primate. More precisely, their findings demonstrate that in the ferret, motion processing evolves from a representation of local motion […]

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 […]