Joseph Daniel Monaco, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Biomedical Engineering Department
720 Rutland Ave
Baltimore, MD 21205-2109
Email: jmonaco [at] jhu [dot] edu
Columbia University: Ph.D., Neurobiology & Behavior, 2005-2009
- Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, Columbia University, New York, NY
- Degrees: M.A. (2006), M.Phil. (2008), Ph.D. (2009)
- Advisor: L. F. Abbott, Ph.D.
- Collaborators: Isabel Muzzio, Ph.D., Eric R. Kandel, Ph.D. (2006-2008)
Brandeis University, 2003-2005
- Volen Center for Complex Systems, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
- Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Continued at Columbia University
- Advisor: L. F. Abbott, Ph.D.
- Collaborator: Michael J. Kahana, Ph.D. (2004-2006)
University of Virginia, 1999-2003
- Lab. of Computational Neurodynamics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
- Degrees: B.A. Cognitive Science; B.A. Mathematics
- Advisor: W. B Levy, Ph.D.
- Echols Scholar
Johns Hopkins University, 2009-present
- Postdoctoral Fellow
- Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (2009-2013)
- Biomedical Engineering Department, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (2013-present)
- PIs: James J. Knierim, Ph.D., Kechen Zhang, Ph.D.
- Collaborator: H. Tad Blair, Ph.D.
Department of Economics, University of Virginia, 2001-2002
- Technical Assistant
- Supervisor: Charles Holt, Ph.D.
Center for Molecular Modeling, LSB/CIT, NIH, Bethesda, MD, Summers 1997-1998
- Research Intern
- PIs: R. Perlstein, Ph.D., P. Steinbeck, Ph.D.
- Monaco JD, Rao G, Roth ED, and Knierim JJ. (2014). Attentive scanning behavior drives one-trial potentiation of hippocampal place fields. Nature Neuroscience, 17(5), 725–731. doi: 10.1038/nn.3687.
- Monaco JD, Knierim JJ, and Zhang K. (2011). Sensory feedback, error correction, and remapping in a multiple oscillator model of place cell activity. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 5:39. doi: 10.3389/fncom.2011.00039.
- Monaco JD and Abbott LF. (2011). Modular realignment of entorhinal grid cell activity as a basis for hippocampal remapping. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(25), 9414–25.
- Muzzio IA, Levita L, Kulkarni J, Monaco J, Kentros CG, Stead M, Abbott LF, and Kandel ER. (2009). Attention enhances the retrieval and stability of visuospatial and olfactory representations in the dorsal hippocampus. PLoS Biology, 7(6), e1000140.
- Monaco JD, Abbott LF, and Kahana MJ. (2007). Lexico-semantic structure and the recognition word-frequency effect. Learning & Memory, 14(3), 204–213.
- Monaco JD and Levy WB. (2003). T-maze training of a recurrent CA3 model reveals the necessity of novelty-based modulation of LTP in hippocampal region CA3. Proceedings International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, 1655–1660.
- IJCNN 2003 Best Student Paper, First Place
- Joseph Monaco, “Hippocampal circuits for space, memory, and navigation: From minimal models to biologically inferred networks.“ Invited Talk. Department of Pharmacology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD. January 22, 2016.
- Joseph Monaco, “Stopping to look: How attentive scanning behavior reveals the formation of new memories.” Retreat Research Talk. Neuroscience Department, Johns Hopkins University, St. Michaels, MD. September 6, 2014.
- Joseph Monaco, “Landmark influence: How attention to sensory cues stabilizes and updates the hippocampal cognitive representation of space.” Advanced Researcher Seminar. Krieger Mind/Brain Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. April 21, 2014.
- Joseph Monaco, “Head scans drive the formation and potentiation of place fields during exploration.” 38th Annual Winter Conference on Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, Park City, UT. January 3, 2014. [slide]
- Joseph Monaco, “Medial versus lateral modes for reconfiguring hippocampal representations.” Grid Cells: Formation and Function. Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL, UK. July 1, 2010.
- Joseph Monaco, “Rapid spatial map formation and remapping by competing over grid cell inputs.” Thesis Seminar. Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY. April 10, 2009. [figshare]
- 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, paper]
- 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]
- Wang CH, Rao G, Monaco JD, Deshmukh SS, and Knierim JJ. (2014). Potentiation of place fields along the CA1 transverse axis by investigatory head-scanning behavior. Society for Neuroscience 2014, 848.15/UU30. Washington, D.C. November 2014.
- 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. [pdf]
- Monaco J, Rao G, and Knierim JJ. (2012). Hippocampal LFP during rodent head-scanning behavior: Theta and sharp-wave ripples. Society for Neuroscience 2012, 812.14/FFF24. New Orleans, LA. October 2012. [poster]
- Monaco J, Rao G, and Knierim JJ. (2011). Hippocampal place cell firing during head-scanning movements is associated with the formation of new place fields. Society for Neuroscience 2011, 97.13/WW28. Washington, D.C. November 2011. [poster]
- Rao G, Monaco J, and Knierim JJ. (2011). Environmental novelty promotes rodent head-scanning behavior linked to enhanced entorhinal activity. Society for Neuroscience 2011, 97.12/WW27. Washington, D.C. November 2011. [poster]
- Monaco JD, Zhang K, Blair HT and Knierim JJ. (2010). Cue-based feedback enables remapping in a multiple oscillator model of place cell activity. COSYNE 2010. Salt Lake City, UT. February 2010. [poster]
- Monaco JD and Abbott LF. (2009). Dynamic hippocampal remapping using recurrent inhibition on realigning grid cell inputs. COSYNE 2009. Salt Lake City, UT. February 2009.
- Monaco JD, Muzzio IA, Levita L and Abbott LF. (2006). Entorhinal input and global remapping of hippocampal place fields. CNS*2006. Edinburgh, UK. July 2006.
- Monaco JD and Abbott LF. (2006). Entorhinal input and the remapping of hippocampal place fields. COSYNE 2006. Salt Lake City, UT. March 2006.
- Monaco JD and Levy WB. (2003). T-maze training of a recurrent CA3 model reveals the necessity of novelty-based modulation of LTP in hippocampal region CA3. IJCNN 2003. Portland, OR. July 2003.
- Monaco JD and Perlstein RP. (1997). Monte-Carlo analysis of deoxyhypusine synthase inhibitor ligand conformations. NIH Poster Day. Bethesda, MD. August 1997.
- Johns Hopkins Science of Learning Institute, Learning to explore paths through space, 2016--2018
- PI: Kechen Zhang, Co-PI: David J. Foster, Research Associate: Joseph D. Monaco
- COSYNE 2016, Review committee
- IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering, Ad hoc reviewer
- IEEE/INNS Neural Networks, Ad hoc reviewer
- Neuroscience, Ad hoc reviewer
- Neurocomputing, Ad hoc reviewer
- Biological Cybernetics, Ad hoc reviewer
- Society for Neuroscience, Postdoc Member (2011–present)
- Chia-Hsuan Wang, Graduate student, Johns Hopkins University (2013-2015)
- Manning Zhang, Undergraduate student, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Summer 2014)
- Teaching Assistant, Biology Laboratory, Brandeis University (Spring 2005)
- Teaching Assistant (for Eve Marder), Introduction to Neuroscience, Brandeis University (Fall 2004)
- IJCNN Student Paper Competition, First Place (2003)
- John A. Harrison III Undergraduate Research Award (U.Va., 2002)
- Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia (1999–2003)
- Pre-university: Maryland Distinguished Scholar (1999), Johns Hopkins Mathematics Competition (2nd Place Individual Calculus, 1999), National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, AP Scholar with Distinction, State of Maryland Merit Scholastic Award