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Naoum Issa

Department of Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Physiology
The University of Chicago

nissa@drugs.bsd.uchicago.edu

 

Research Interests:

We are interested in understanding how the sensory world is represented in the mammalian brain. Individual neurons in sensory areas are selectively responsive to specific aspects of world - neurons in the visual cortex, for example, prefer certain orientations of edges and respond to specific spacing of dark and bright regions. The process by which neuronal responses become selective is constrained by both genetically determined events and by the environment to which a young animal is exposed. How these selective response properties develop, become organized within a sensory area, and how this organization contributes to the perception of the world are the focus of my research. Our current research goals are to understand how information about spatial and temporal components of a scene is encoded in the primary visual cortex. We are studying the functional organization of the visual cortex in both normal animals and in an animal model of the cortical visual pathology known as amblyopia.

Further information on Naoum Issa's research.

2013 Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Neuroengineering
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