UMD Neuroscience and Cognitive Science

The Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Graduate Program offer cutting-edge interdisciplinary training in several areas: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience; Cognitive Neuroscience; Cognitive Science; Computational Neuroscience; and Systems Neuroscience.

These research activities are carried out in laboratories housed in six colleges and 17 different departments on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Through our official partnership with the National Institutes of Health and active collaboration with Children's National Medical Center, NACS graduate students may also receive research training.

Patrick Kanold, PhD – UMD

Associate Professor of Biology
Director, Kanold Lab

Dr. Kanold studies the development and plasticity of the brain, in particular how periods of learning and plasticity are initiated and controlled. His work focuses on the development of the central auditory and visual system in particular on the role of early cortical circuits in brain wiring. He uses advanced neurophysiological, in vivo imaging, optogenetic, molecular and computational techniques.

Kanold Lab – UMD

Principal Investigator: Patrick Kanold
UMD Neuroscience and Cognitive Science

The major focus in the lab is to understand how information about the world is represented/encoded in the brain, the circuits present in the adult and developing brain and their influence of brain development and plasticity. One focus is on probing the response of the brain to sensory stimuli and the other is to record from small sub-circuits and study their responses and circuit behavior in great detail.

Crowd coding in the brain

Principal Investigator: Patrick Kanold
UMD Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
Title: "Crowd coding in the brain: 3D imaging and control of collective neuronal dynamics"
BRAIN Category: Understanding Neural Circuits (RFA NS-14-009)

Dr. Kanold and his team propose cutting edge methods to stimulate neurons at different depths in the auditory cortex, and will use new computational methods to understand complex interactions between neurons in mice while testing their ability to hear different sounds.

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