Brendon Watson, Ph.D., M.D.

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

(917) 589-5755
BSRB Room 5059
109 Zina Pitcher Place

Focus: Neocortical network dynamics in normal brain and role in psychiatric disease

We use silicon probes and optogenetics to record from and manipulate dozens of neurons simultaneously in freely behaving rodents in order to answer questions aimed both at fundamental neurobiological understanding of the cortical states and dynamics as well as the role of cortex in disease treatment.

We use an approach informed by an understanding of neuronal microcircuit dynamics, macrocircuit connectivity and organism-level behavior to connect between the level of single neurons, networks of those neurons and animal behavior.