Brain Research Institute, UCLA
Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience
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Dr Dean V. Buonomano is a Professor for Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of California in Los Angeles. His research focus lies on neural dynamics, unravelling the neural basis of learning, memory and temporal processing. His group is investigating how functional computations emerge from networks of neurons, for example the computation of how neurons can tell time. For this Dr Buonoano’s team uses in vitro electrophysiology, computer simulations, human psychophysics. After completing his undergrad at the State University of Sao Paulo, Campinas in Brazil Dr Buonomano graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where he worked on synaptic plasticity and computational models of learning and memory. After that, he did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco in Michael Merzenich’s lab working on synaptic plasticity and computational models of timing. Since 1998 Dr Buonomano works at UCLA in the department of behavioral Neuroscience as the team leader and is a member of the Brain Research Institute, the Integrative Center for Learning and Memory, and the neuroengineering Training Program. Dr Buonomano also wrote two books titled Brain Bugs: How the brain’s flaws shape our lives and Your Brain is a Time Machine: The neuroscience and physics of time bringing complex neuroscience topics closer to the general public.