Systems and Circuits

This focus area studies how neural circuits give rise to system-level phenomena. For example, we sense the world through peripheral receptors whose outputs are processed serially and in parallel, and ultimately united to form cohesive percepts and guide motor responses. Understanding these transformations requires bridging multiple scales ranging from individual neuron properties to patterns of neural circuit activity to specific behaviors. This multifaceted research relies on a variety of methods and approaches, such as multi-patch-clamp recordings, cell staining, imaging with voltage and calcium sensitive dyes, high-density electrophysiological recordings, behavioral experiments, and computational modeling. Some specific areas of research are:

  • biophysics of signal transduction
  • electrophysiological correlates of sound localization
  • psychophysical and computational studies of speech and visual processing
  • neural circuits responsible for visual perception and image segmentation
  • pattern generation circuitry controlling locomotion and breathing
  • control of the eyes and limbs
  • reorganization of cortical circuits during learning
  • memory formation and retrieval
  • neural circuit changes in epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and autism
  • circuits underlying stress responses, waking, and arousal

Vaishali P. Bakshi

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

(608) 265-6062

Matthew I. Banks

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

(608) 261-1143

Craig W. Berridge

Professor, Department of Psychology

(608) 265-5938

Josh M. Cisler

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

LaTasha K. Crawford

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathobiological Sciences

(608) 265-2418

Doug Dean III

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

(608) 262-6706

Robert Fettiplace

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 262-9320

Mrinalini Hoon

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

(608) 263-8495

Xin Huang

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 265-2744

Meyer B. Jackson

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 262-9111

Mathew V. Jones

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 263-4394

Jon Levine

Professor, Department of Neuroscience; Director, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center

(608) 263-3500

M. Elizabeth Meyerand

Professor, Departments of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering; Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering

(608) 263-1685

Brendon M Nacewicz

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

(608) 262-5233

Caroline Niziolek

Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

(608) 890-0192

Donata Oertel

Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 263-6281

Benjamin Parrell

Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

(608) 263-8861

Robert A. Pearce

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

(608) 263-0208

Luis Populin

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 265-6451

Vivek Prabhakaran

Associate Professor, Department of Radiology

(608) 265-5269

Lauren V. Riters

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology

(608) 262-6506

Bas Rokers

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

(608) 262-8992

Avtar S. Roopra

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 262-6930

Ari Rosenberg

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 265-5782

Yuri Saalmann

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

(608) 262-8671

Raunak Sinha

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

(608) 265-7836

Han Wang

Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology

(608) 262-3336

John-Paul Yu

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

(608) 265-4792