Professor of Physics
Professor in Neurobiology (Secondary)
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
After working in nonlinear dynamics and nonequilibrium pattern formation for many years, my research group has begun studying problems in theoretical neurobiology in collaboration with Professor Richard Mooney's experimental group on birdsong at Duke University. The main scientific question we are interested in is how songbirds learn to sing their song, which is a leading experimental paradigm for the broader neurobiology question of how animals learn behaviors that involve sequences of time. My group is interested in problems arising at the cellular and network levels (as opposed to behavioral levels). One example is understanding the origin, mechanism, and eventually the purpose of highly sparse high-frequency bursts of spikes that are observed in the nucleus HVC of songbird brains (this is the first place where auditory information seems to be combined with motor information). A second example is to understand how auditory and motor information are combined, e.g., there are data that suggests that the same group of neurons that instruct the respiratory and syringeal muscles to produce song (again in nucleus HVC) are also involved in recognizing song. A third example is trying to understand changes in anatomy (increases in spine stability) that were recently observed in living brain tissue as a bird learns its song.
Neurobiology Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2019 to 2024
Basic predoctoral training in neuroscience awarded by National Institutes of Health (Training Faculty). 1992 to 2018
Mechanism of Sparse Precise Bursting in the Songbird Nucleus HVC awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2009
Nonequilibrium Pattern Formation and Spatiotemporal Chaos in Fluid Convection awarded by Department of Energy (Principal Investigator). 1998 to 2004
Characterization of Spatiotemporal Chaos awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 2001
SIMD/MIMD Parallel Computing: Computational Theory, Scientific Applications, and Systems Research awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1998
Mathematical Sciences: Large-Scale-Ratio Space-Time Chaos awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1997
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