[visionlist] PhD studentship NYC

A PhD studentship is available in the lab of Jose Manuel Alonso for one
of two projects that study ‘Neuronal mechanisms of cortical processing
in early vision’ and ‘Functional connectivity in primary visual cortex’.
These are two collaborative projects with Qasim Zaidi at SUNY Optometry
and Harvey Swadlow at the University of Connecticut. The projects study
functional asymmetries in ON and OFF visual pathways and the
implications of these asymmetries for receptive field construction,
human vision and the functional organization of visual cortical maps
(see references below for more detail). The work requires performing
multielectrode recordings in the thalamus and primary visual cortex of
different animal models (Alonso lab), psychophysical experiments in
humans and computational modeling (collaboration with Zaidi lab) and
developing new multielectrode arrays to improve neuronal sampling and
recording quality (collaboration with Swadlow lab). These projects will
appeal most to students interested in visual perception, neuroscience
and computer science. The Alonso lab is part of the Graduate Center for
Vision Research at SUNY Optometry in New York City. The Center consists
of a number of highly productive research labs that interact and
collaborate regularly. The PhD program is unusual with an emphasis on
multi-disciplinary research training and a tutorial format for classes.
Students get 5 years of tuition and stipend, subject to satisfactory
performance in the program. Application is through the PhD program
website (PhD_program/GCVR/Research/sunyopt.edu).

References
-Kremkow, J., J. Jin, Y. Wang and J. M. Alonso (2016). Principles
underlying sensory map topography in primary visual cortex. Nature
533(7601): 52-7.
-Wang, Y., J. Jin, J. Kremkow, R. Lashgari, S. J. Komban and J. M.
Alonso (2015). Columnar organization of spatial phase in visual cortex.
Nature neuroscience 18(1): 97-103.
-Kremkow, J., J. Jin, S. J. Komban, Y. Wang, R. Lashgari, X. Li, M.
Jansen, Q. Zaidi and J. M. Alonso (2014). Neuronal nonlinearity explains
greater visual spatial resolution for darks than lights. Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111(8):
3170-5.
-Komban, S. J., J. Kremkow, J. Jin, Y. Wang, R. Lashgari, X. Li, Q.
Zaidi and J. M. Alonso (2014). Neuronal and perceptual differences in
the temporal processing of darks and lights. Neuron 82(1): 224-34.

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