As a research associate faculty scientist at Johns Hopkins University, I've been working jointly with the Zhang laboratory at the Biomedical Engineering Department and the Knierim laboratory at the Mind/Brain Institute. I develop computational models in collaboration with the Zhang lab to understand the neural codes of the networks underlying spatial memory and cognition. The Knierim lab uses single-unit electrophysiology to record from the hippocampus and related brain areas of navigating rats to reveal neural representations of space. My overarching research objective is to discover mechanistic models of neural circuits and systems that explain how the dynamical coordination between brain areas produces cognition and, ultimately, adaptive behavior.
Monaco JD, Blair HT, and Zhang K. (2015). Spatial rate/phase correlations in theta cells can stabilize randomly drifting path integrators. COSYNE 2015. Salt Lake City, UT. March 2015. [poster] [session]
Monaco J, Blair HT, and Zhang K. (2014). Spatial rate/phase codes provide landmark-based error correction in a temporal model of theta cells. Society for Neuroscience 2014, 752.07/UU25. Washington, D.C. November 2014. [poster] [figshare] [github]
Monaco J, Rao G, and Knierim JJ. (2013). Scanning behavior in novel environments promotes de novo formation of hippocampal place fields in rats(). Society for Neuroscience 2013, 670.07/JJJ44. San Diego, CA. November 2013. [poster]
 Monaco JD, Rao G, Knierim JJ. Soc Neurosci Abstr 97.13 (2011)
 Roth ED, Yu X, Rao G, Knierim JJ. PLoS One 7(4), e36035 (2012)