Briefly Balanced

Research in the computational neuroscience of spatial memory

Joseph D. Monaco, Ph.D.

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.