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DYNS Faculty

Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences

Dr. Ashby directs the Laboratory for Computational Cognitive Neuroscience and is interested in basic cognitive and neural processes of human learning and memory.

Assistant Professor
Computer SciencePsychological & Brain Sciences

Dr. Beyeler directs the Bionic Vision Lab (https://bionicvisionlab.org), which focuses on the development of novel methods and algorithms to interface sight recovery technologies such as retinal implants ('bionic eye') with the human visual system, with the ultimate goal of restoring useful vision to the blind.  

Professor
Physics

Jean Carlson Condensed Matter Theoretical Physics investigates robustnes, tradeoffs, and feedback in complex, highly connected systems, and develops multi-scale models to capture important small-scale details and predict large-scale behavior.

Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences

Dr. Eckstein is interested in how biological organisms and artificial intelligent agents visually sense the world and make decisions. He uses computational modeling, cognitive neuroscience and behavioral measurement techniques.

Distinguished Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences

Professor Gazzaniga is the Director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind at UCSB. Dr. Gazzaniga is currently engaged in several scholarly projects examining how codes play a role in understanding how neurons become mind.

Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences

Visual attention; Cognitive neuroscience; Brain Imaging; Exercise physiology.

Assistant Professor
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental BiologyPsychological & Brain Sciences

 The overarching goal of my research is to better understand how the mammalian neocortex processes and stores incoming sensory information.

Distinguished Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences

Professor Scott Grafton is interested in how people organize movement into goal-oriented action.

Assistant Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences

Uses human brain imaging techniques (fMRI) and endocrinology to determine the impact of sex steroid hormones on brain morphology and function.

Associate Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences

Research interests: The brain serotonin matrix and its interaction with other cellular elements; Stochastic processes driving the formation of the ascending reticular activating system; The architectures of early vertebrate brains

Assistant Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences

Research interests: neural circuits and computations involved in reward learning and decision-making

Assistant Professor
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Research interests: Systems Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience and Molecular, Cellular, and Circuit Mechanisms Controlling Behavior.

Harriman Professor of Neuroscience
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Neural plasticity including the molecular basis of plasticity and neurodegenerative disease-related impairments related to plasticity and proteostasis. Neural development and evolution from a molecular and genetic perspective.

Assistant Professor
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

The main goal of our research is to understand how navigational behavior comes about in terms of neural-circuit computation. By combining behavioral quantification, functional analysis and computational modeling, we seek to unravel structure-function relationships between neural circuits, sensory coding and adaptive decision-making. 

 

Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

The main focus of our research is on new architectures and algorithms for next generation wireless communication and sensor networks.

Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research in image/video analysis (including texture and shape analysis, segmentation, registration), multimedia databases and data mining (feature extraction, content based access, high dimensional indexing and similarity search), steganography (data hiding in images and video, and their detection), and signal/image processing for bio-informatics.

Associate Professor
Statistics and Applied Probability

Statistical Methods and Data Analyses, Including For Brain Imaging and Other Neuroscience Data; Statistical Methods for Analyzing Spatial and Temporal Processes; Computational Statistics and Machine Learning; Uncertainty Quantification.

Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences

Dr. Miller is interested in the psychological and neural processes underlying human memory and decision-making.

Professor, Neuroengineering Advisor
Mechanical Engineering

Reseach interest: Biological Dynamics; control of neural populations; natural and artificial swarms: schooling fish, flocking birds, etc- territorial behavior- coupled oscillators. Fluid Dynamics- shear flow turbulence. Mechanical Systems- theoretical analysis of individual and coupled MEMS devices; vibrational energy harvesting. Networks - information propagation through social networks; collective decision making. Dynamical Systems- bifurcation theory- canards.

Duggan Professor and Distinguished Professor
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

A central question in neurobiology is defining the molecular and cellular mechanisms through which animals translate sensory input into behavioral outputs.

 

Assistant Professor
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

How does the brain control behavior?  We study the neural circuits that organize a flexible sequence of movements that remove dust from fruit flies.  Drosophila grooming behavior is a rich model for understanding how sensory inputs modify motor programs.  We use approaches from genetics, optogenetics, neuroethology and machine vision, and functional imaging of neural activity to decipher the logic and implementation of behavior sequences.  

Assistant Professor
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental BiologyPsychological & Brain Sciences

Dr. Smith joined the UCSB faculty in 2018. Her lab will investigate the functional role of neural dendrites in synaptic computations.

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

The lab of Spencer LaVere Smith (slslab.org) is investigating neural circuitry in action using novel instrumentation. One half of the lab is neuroengineering new instrumentation for measuring and manipulating neural activity. The other half of the lab is using the technology to perform experiments and gain insights into how neural circuitry processes stimuli and drives adaptive behavior.

Professor
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

We research in two primary areas: (1) the mechanisms of neural tube closure in Xenopus and Ciona; (2) and behavior and neural circuity in Ciona.

Assistant Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences

My work uses computational methods applied to noninvasive human neuroimaging (fMRI; EEG) to understand how neural processing of visual information changes across manipulations of attention, working memory, and eye movements.

 

Emphasis Faculty

Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences

Our lab focuses on the factors that lead to drug addiction and the impact of substance abuse on the brain. A major component of our research is development of biosensors to enhance our understanding of neurochemistry and pharmacology.

Professor
Biomolecular Science and EngineeringDepartment of ChemistryMechanical Engineering

My lab studies protein folding and biomolecular engineering. Our goal in these endeavors is both an improved understanding of the folding process and an ability to apply this rapid, highly specific, highly cooperative self-assembly process to the development of nano-scale electronic sensors and adaptable materials.

Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences

My laboratory studies the development of the retinal architecture. We are identifying the genetic, molecular and cellular interactions that determine neuronal number, patterning and differentiation.
 

Professor
Computer Science

My research group is interested in the analysis and modeling of brain networks, especially using heterogeneous data sources and across diverse groups of subjects.

Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Novel reporters for neural activity, CMOS image sensors and circuits for neurotechnology.

 

Graduate Students

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joe.canzano@dyns.ucsb.edu
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justin_kasowski@ucsb.edu
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Luntzel@dyns.ucsb.edu
Will Redman, photo courtesy of Jackie Grossberg, PBS Oct 2018
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wredman@ucsb.edu
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elizabeth.rizor@dyns.ucsb.edu
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sudhanshu.srivastava@dyns.ucsb.edu
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tto@ucsb.edu
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michaelzimet@ucsb.edu

Staff

John Hajda
Academic Coordinator
805-893-4334
john.hajda@sagecenter.ucsb.edu
Psychology East, Room 3804
Anna Spickard
Program Coordinator, Graduate Advisor
spickard@dyns.ucsb.edu
1807 Psych East, Bldg. 251

Alumni

Email: 
nikki.marinsek@gmail.com
Email: 
josh.mueller@dyns.ucsb.edu