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PhD Studentship: Modelling How Neural Waves Transfer Information in Brain Cortex

Loughborough University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: UK fee - Fully funded; International fee - Part funded
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th December 2021
Closes: 15th February 2022
Reference: SS/PH/2022
 

Application details:

Reference number: SS/PH/2022

Start date of studentship: 1st April 2022

Closing date of advert: 15th February 2022

Supervisors:

Primary supervisor: Sergey Saveliev

Secondary supervisor: Natalia Janson

Human brain processes information in a very different way as compared to modern computers. We cannot compete with modern PCs on the speed of numerical calculation, but still can perform tasks which modern computer are incapable of. This project will be based on a recently proposed concept of neural wave interference and will aim to understand how information propagates between different parts of brain.   

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you will work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Project details

You will simulate neural tissue with the famous Cowan-Wislon set of differential equations, as well as with their continuous analogue [1] to describe unique experimental data [2] obtained on a single neuron of an awake monkey. Scientists are still puzzled about the role of spontaneous travelling waves in neural tissue, and you will contribute to understanding of this aspect of the brain mystery. 

You will work closely with Loughborough-based supervisors, collaborate with the world leading neuroscience centre, Salk Institute for Biological Studies (California, USA), and will have additional support from the active EPSRC-funded project EP/S032843/1.

[1] S. Gepshtein, A.S. Pawar, S. Savel’ev, T.D. Albright, arXiv:1810.08725v1 (2018)

[2] A.S. Pawar, S. Gepshtein, S. Savel’ev, T.D. Albright, Neuron 101, 514 (2018)

For more information:

https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research-degrees/phd-opportunities/modelling-neural-waves-transfer-info-brain-cortex/

https://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/physics/staff/academic/pavel-borisov/

Please contact Prof Sergey Saveliev, S.Saveliev@lboro.ac.uk for further information about the project.

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