NACS' Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC)

Made possible by a $2 million award from the NSF, the MNC will house a new fMRI scanner and the University's existing MEG, a combination that exists at only a couple of locations in the country. The center opens in Summer 2011.

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Katrina MacLeod

Position: Assistant Research Scientist
Departments: Biology
Research Areas: Auditory Neuroscience, Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Neuroscience, Neuroethology
Research Levels: Cell/Molecular Neuroscience, Systems Neuroscience, Theory and Computational Modeling
Research Approaches: Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Theory/Modeling
Research Note: All information about an auditory scene is encoded in the auditory nerve, which projects to the cochlear nuclei in the brainstem. Cellular and synaptic specializations in the cochlear nucleus transforms and decodes the auditory signal and extracts different types of information. We use in vitro slice physiology and quantitative modeling of synaptic plasticity and biophysical membrane properties to elucidate how these neural circuits encode sound.
NACS Status: Regular
Contact: 3272 BPS
College Park, MD 20742


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