Research


The main aim of my research is to understand the activity of single neurons and populations of neurons in the visual system, to uncover the neural correlates of perceptual decisions. I seek to understand how the visual system is wired up and to find simple mathematical expressions to describe its output. A goal for my research is to predict a neuron's responses to arbitrary, complex visual stimuli.  

However, the activity in the visual system depends not only on visual stimuli, but also on what the rest of the brain is doing. My main effort, therefore, focuses on understanding how the visual system integrates sensory inputs from the eyes and lateral inputs from the brain. This work is done in close collaboration with Kenneth Harris, with whom I share the Cortical Processing Laboratory

The long-term goal is a cohesive understanding of how the brain processes visual information. This goal probably won’t be achieved in my lifetime for the human brain, but for the mouse brain it might.

My work is funded by the Wellcome Trust, by the Simons Foundation and by the BBSRC. In the past we have also been funded by the European Research Council, the UK charity Fight for Sight, the Medical Research Council, the National Eye Institutethe McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience, the James S McDonnell Foundation, the Human Frontiers Science Program, and the Swiss National Foundation.

In the past I have helped run the Computational and Systems Neuroscience meeting and more recently I have run the 2009, 2012, and 2015 workshops on Canonical Neural Computation. I also helped organize the 2014 workshop on Modeling Variability in Neuronal Populations

My thoughts on how to relate neural circuits to behavior are described in a paper titled "From circuits to behavior: a bridge too far?" (Nature Neurosci, 2012). Click here for PDF

Some random thoughts about neuroscience and science careers are in this interview. Or on page 9 of this publicationThere is also a very brief interview from 2014If you can read Italian, you get a bit of a back story hereFinally, here are the citations to my work on Google Scholar, and this is where I stand in the big tree. And of possible interest is my collection of failed Neuron covers

Videos of talks:
"The flexible code of a cortical population" (Janelia Research Center, 2011)
"Probing spatial computations in mouse visual cortex" (Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, UCL, 2012)

Curriculum vitae: 

My email address is my first name @cortexlab.net.