Lab Contact Information
Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building (SMBB), 4th Floor
36 South Wasatch Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Goal: to use engineering approaches to understand how information is processed in the brain and to translate this knowledge into biomedical devices to improve the human condition.
The Neuronal Dynamics Laboratory, led by USTAR Professor of Bioengineering John A. White, Ph.D., uses engineering approaches to understand how information is processed in the brain, with the goal of exploiting these findings to improve the human condition. Methods include: computational modeling of neuronal networks; the design and construction of instruments that interact with human subjects and biological preparations in real time at high clock speeds; and electrophysiological and optical techniques for recording detailed information from single neurons and large neuronal networks.
Six interdisciplinary research groups that focus on neural information processing - Dorval, Rabbitt, Taha, Wachowiak, White, and Wilcox Labs - received matching funds from the U of U to purchase an integrated system for optical and electrophysiological studies in vivo. “These diverse, systems neuroscience groups will utilize the shared equipment to develop new techniques, tools, and software for intracellular recordings, optical stimulation, and intracellular recordings,” explains John White, Ph.D., Director, Neuronal Dynamics Laboratory. READ MORE
Petr Tvrdik, research associate in the Capecchi Lab, earned a perfect score from the National Institutes of Health on his proposal to develop cutting edge tools for researching novel roles of glial – neuronal interactions in development of brain diseases such as epilepsy, OCD, and Parkinson’s disease. The work will be conducted in collaboration with the Brain Institute’s Neuronal Dynamics Lab - opens new window and Laboratory for Glial-Neuronal Interactions in Epilepsy. “This collaboration brings together great strengths on campus, excellence in mouse genetics and outstanding expertise in neurophysiology and engineering,” says Tvrdik. READ MORE
June 9-14, 2013