Jean Philippe Thivierge

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Jean Philippe Thivierge
Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, 2006
B.A. Psychology, 2000

Room: Rm. 2064, Vanier
Bureau: 613-562-5800 ext. 1441
Courriel professionnel: jthivier@uottawa.ca

Jean Philippe Thivierge

Biography

Understanding how networks of the brain function is crucial to elucidating the fundamental mechanisms of how we learn new information and how we store that information in memory. The goal of my work is to record the activity of large populations of neurons simultaneously, and derive a mechanistic understanding of how memories are formed and maintained. In my laboratory, we record the activity of hundreds of individual cortical and hippocampal neurons, and alter their interactions by electrical stimulation and pharmacological intervention, with the aim of identifying organization principles of neuronal networks extending across temporal and spatial scales. My laboratory combines an experimental approach based on multielectrode arrays (electronic devices that are sensitive to the small electrical signals of neurons) with a theoretical approach based on biologically realistic simulations (computer models of neuronal circuits with thousands to millions of neurons). These computer simulations enable the exploration of a range of models in order to relate experimental findings with detailed biophysical properties of synaptic circuits that are mechanistically linked to principles of network organization and memory formation.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Research Interests :

  • Neurosciences
  • System biology
  • Neural Dynamics

Key Words:

computational neuroscience, functional and anatomical connectivity, multi-electrode neurophysiology

Fields of Interest

  • Computational neuroscience and in vitro multi-electrode neurophysiology
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