Professor Albert Cardona
Professor Albert Cardona is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.
https://albert.rierol.net (personal home page)
To study the relationship between circuit structure and function, we must know the synaptic connectivity that defines the circuit structure, observe the activity of the neurons in the circuit over time, study how the pattern of activity can change through neuromodulation, and discover the causal relationship between the neurons of the circuit and the behaviors that the circuit governs. And with these data, we can formulate models on the basis of synaptic connectivity that can capture the circuit dynamics, and that can explain how the circuits produce the observed behaviors, and then test these models experimentally. We do all of the above and more in the Drosophila larva, an organism with about 12,000 neurons and an outstanding genetic toolkit for observing and manipulating the activity of its neurons.
Compute vision, image processing, machine learning, computational modeling, electrophysiology, software engineering.
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