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
Google Scholar: gceOLZEAAAAJ
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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: Laurence F. Abbott
Collaborators: Isabel Muzzio, Eric R. Kandel
Brandeis University, 2003-2005
Volen Center for Complex Systems, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Continued at Columbia University
Advisor: Laurence F. Abbott
Collaborator: Michael J. Kahana
University of Virginia, 1999-2003
Lab. of Computational Neurodynamics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Degrees: B.A. Mathematics; B.A. Cognitive Science
Advisor: William ‘Chip’ Levy
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2019-present
Department of Biomedical Engineering
PI: Kechen Zhang
Collaborators: Kathleen E. Cullen, JHU/Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL)
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2013-2019
Department of Biomedical Engineering
PI: Kechen Zhang, Ph.D.
Collaborators: Hugh T. Blair, David J. Foster, Mark N. Wu, Kathleen E. Cullen, JHU/APL
Johns Hopkins University, 2009-2013
Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute
PI: James J. Knierim
Collaborator: Kechen Zhang
- Monaco JD, Hwang GM, Schultz KM, and Zhang K. (Under review). Cognitive swarming in complex environments with attractor dynamics and oscillatory computing. Biological Cybernetics.
- Wang CH, Monaco JD, and Knierim JJ. (In press). Hippocampal place cells encode local surface texture boundaries. Current Biology.
- Monaco JD, Hwang GM, Schultz KM, and Zhang K. (2019). Cognitive swarming: An approach from the theoretical neuroscience of hippocampal function. Proceedings of SPIE (International society for optics and photonics) Defense & Commercial Sensing. Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications XI, 109822D, 1–10. doi: 10.1117/12.2518966. [pdf]
- Monaco JD, De Guzman RM, Blair HT, and Zhang K. (2019). Spatial synchronization codes from coupled rate-phase neurons. PLOS Computational Biology, 15(1), e1006741. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006741 [code] [data]
- Tabuchi M, Monaco JD, Duan G, Bell BJ, Liu S, Zhang K, and Wu MN. (2018). Clock-generated temporal codes determine synaptic plasticity to control sleep. Cell, 175(5), 1213-27. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.09.016.
- 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. [code]
- 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. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1433-11.2011
- 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. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000140
- Monaco JD, Abbott LF, and Kahana MJ. (2007). Lexico-semantic structure and the recognition word-frequency effect. Learning & Memory, 14(3), 204–213. doi: 10.1101/lm.363207
- 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. doi: 10.1109/IJCNN.2003.1223655
- “Attractors, memory, and oscillations: Computational motifs of spatial learning.“ Invited Talk. Department of Biological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX. January 31, 2020
- “Emergent dynamics of hippocampal circuitry as a basis for robust self-organized planning in mobile swarms.“ Invited Talk. SPIE (International society for optics and photonics) 2019, Brain-Inspired Self-Organized Control of Multi-Agent Systems, Baltimore, MD. April 17, 2019.
- “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.
- “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.
- “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.
- “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.
- “Medial versus lateral modes for reconfiguring hippocampal representations.” Grid Cells: Formation and Function. Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL, UK. July 1, 2010.
- “Rapid spatial map formation and remapping by competing over grid cell inputs.” Thesis Seminar. Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY. April 10, 2009.
- Monaco JD, Hwang GM, De Guzman RM, Blair HT, and Zhang K. (2019). Spatial rate-phase coding in lateral septal ‘phaser cells’: single-unit data and theta-bursting models. FENS (Federation of European Neuroscience Societies) Dynamics of the brain: Temporal aspects of computation. North Copenhagen, Denmark. June 2019. [poster]
- Monaco JD, Hwang GM, Schultz K, and Zhang K. (2019). Self-organized swarm control using neural principles of spatial phase coding. 5th Annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting. Washington, D.C. April 2019. [poster]
- Hwang GM, Schultz K, Monaco JD, Chalmers RW, Lau SW, Yeh BY, and Zhang K. (2018). Self-organized swarm control using neural principles of spatial phase coding. Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, CA. November 2018. [poster]
- Monaco J, Blair HT, and Zhang K. (2017). Decoding septohippocampal theta cells during exploration reveals unbiased environmental cues in firing phase. Society for Neuroscience. Washington, D.C. November 2017. [poster]
- Monaco JD, Blair HT, and Zhang K. (2015). Spatial rate/phase correlations in theta cells can stabilize randomly drifting path integrators. Cosyne. 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. 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. 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. San Diego, CA. November 2013. [poster]
- Monaco J, Rao G, and Knierim JJ. (2012). Hippocampal LFP during rodent head-scanning behavior: Theta and sharp-wave ripples. Society for Neuroscience. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Edinburgh, UK. July 2006.
- Monaco JD and Abbott LF. (2006). Entorhinal input and the remapping of hippocampal place fields. Cosyne. 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. 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.
- NSF/Neural & Cognitive Systems (NCS) PI Workshop, Washington, D.C., Apr 10, 2019, Participant
- NSF/BRAIN Initiative Workshop: Present and Future Frameworks of Theoretical Neuroscience, UTSA, San Antonio, TX, Feb 3–7, 2019, Postdoctoral participant
- Society for Neuroscience, Postdoc Member (2011–present)
- COSYNE 2016, Review committee
- Reviewer for journals including:
- Neural Computation
- PLOS ONE
- Biological Cybernetics
- IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering
- IEEE/INNS Neural Networks
- 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 awards include:
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