Research

I am driven by a desire to advance our understanding of the principles of neocortical architecture, neural coding and plasticity/learning, and thier inseperable interplay. I feel a solid understanding of these principles is ultimately necessary to describe the neural correlates of cognitive functions, and brain disorders (e.g. epilepsy, migraines, schizophrenia, depression, etc.).

At the Blue Brain Project, I lead the team of researchers developing, refining, validating, and studying the Blue Brain Project’s flagship model of neo-cortical tissue, under the direction of Prof. Henry Markram, and in close collaboration with Prof. Idan Segev (Jerusalem) and Prof. Javier DeFelipe (Madrid).

In 2007, I co-founded the neuralensemble.org initiative, in collaboration with Andrew Davison (UNIC-CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, France).

Teaching

Neural Networks and Biological Modeling - Spring 2009

For the benefit of the students taking this couse and others who may happen a visit, provided here are unofficial pre-built installers for NEURON and Enthought Python. These installers are novel in that they include an importable neuron module for python/ipython built against the Enthought Python Distribution (EPD). Installation of the EPD, available from www.enthought.com, is therefored required prior to running these installers.

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