IBACS EXECUTIVE STEERING COMMITEE
Institute Associate Director
Genetics and Genome Sciences
My laboratory uses induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) to model and study human imprinting disorders.
Neag School of Education
My research merges cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and education.
R. Holly Fitch
Animal models of neurodevelopment and cognition; Models of neurodevelopmental disruption (genetics, early injury) and developmental disability.
Head of Department
Africana Philosophy, Existentialism, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Science, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Education, Aesthetics and Philosophy in Film, Literature, and Music, Philosophy of Culture, Race, and Racism, Philosophy of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Psychoanalysis, and Global Southern Thought
Physiology & Neurobiology
Research in the laboratory is focused on the cellular and synaptic neurophysiology of neural circuits in the mammalian hypothalamus that regulate fundamental behavioral states such as sleep, arousal and feeding. Techniques are centered on using patch-clamp electrophysiology and pharmacology in brain slices in order to elucidate the cellular and synaptic properties of specific hypothalamic cell-types and their local and long-range synaptic connectivity. This approach is carried out in concert with a toolbox of neuroanatomical methods and optogenetic strategies to manipulate the excitability of genetically targeted neurons.
Reading, word identification, and morphology; Implicit and explicit memory; Connectionist networks and dynamical systems
Institute Associate Director
My laboratory develops modeling and analysis tools to understand the effects of neural disorders on the brain’s electrophysiology, from single units to neural populations. We also focus on designing control algorithms for adaptive, robust, optimal neural prostheses, with application to Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, deep brain stimulation, and brain-computer interface. One ongoing project aims to develop algorithms for automatic localization of the epileptogenic onset zone and seizure onset detection in drug-resistant epileptic patients. Another ongoing project aims to understand the role of stimulation-elicited resonant effects in the motor striatum in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
Ex Officio Members
Associate Director of Brain Imaging Research Center
Current research interests include the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study neural excitability in auditory and language processing; distinguishing genetic and environmental contributions to language pathways; and developing tablet-based games for cognitive and literacy assessment.
Director of Cognitive Science Program
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Plasticity of the auditory system, auditory evoked potentials, auditory neurophysiology.
IBACS INTERNAL ADVISORY BOARD
- Jeff Shoulson - Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives
- Ofer Harel - Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs
- Michelle Williams - Associate Vice President, Research
- Michael Lynch - Director, Humanities Institute
- George Kuchel - Director, Center on Aging, UConn Health Center
- Amy Gorin - Director, Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP)
The remit of the internal advisory board is to advise both on shorter- and longer-term issues of strategic importance (i.e. advising both on Institute-internal matters but also on issues that may impact externally on the Institute – e.g. strategic developments at UConn, building and space developments, etc.). The board will also monitor and evaluate the extent to which the Institute is meeting both its own and UConn’s broader institutional aims.