Galán Lab


Principal Investigator
Roberto Fernández Galán, PhD
Assistant Professor

Contact Information
Case Western Reserve University, School of Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Phone: (001) 216 368 0811 (Office), (001) 216 368 0546 (Lab)
Email: rfgalan at case dot edu


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Research

We combine experimental, theoretical and computational methods to study single-neuron and network dynamics. Our lab currently focuses on the following projects:

Experimental
• Serotonergic modulation of spontaneous activity in the neocortex. [more]
Theoretical / Computational
• Detecting autism from large-scale brain activity. [more] [even more] Talk Video

• Relationship between network oscillations and functional network connectivity. [more]

• Efficient simulation of stochastic ion-channel gating in the neuron's membrane. [more]

• Quantification of cardio-respiratory coupling in health and disease (in collaboration with Yee-Hsee Hsieh, TED Dick and Frank Jacono). [more]


Some highlights of past research include:

• Role of ERK signaling on single-cell and cortical-network excitability (in collaboration with Gary Landreth). [more]

• Effect of colored noise on the frequency of neuronal oscillators. [more]

• Spontaneous activity and neural network architecture. [more]

• Neuronal synchronization in the respiratory pattern generator. [more]

• Optimal stimuli and spike-time reliability. [more]

• Stochastic synchronization: a robust mechanism to generate beta/gamma oscillations. [more]

• Phase-oscillator models of single-neuron dynamics. [more]

• Mechanisms underlying the emergence of synchronized neural assemblies. [more]

• Numerical solution of the Fokker-Planck equation with the finite element method. [more]

• Attractors of network dynamics in the olfactory system of an insect. [more]

• Memory traces and Hebbian reverberations in an insect's brain. [more]


We also collaborate with several intramural and extramural research groups:

Dr. Thomas (TED) Dick, Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, and Dr. David Baekey, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida: We investigate the role of neuronal synchronization and of balanced excitation and inhibition in respiratory control. [more]

Dr. José Luis Pérez Velázquez, SickKids and University of Toronto: We investigate the emergence of coherent neuronal activity in the brain, with special emphasis on epileptic seizures. [more]

Dr. Kevin C. Daly, West Virginia University: We investigate oscillatory activity and neuronal synchrony in the olfactory system of an insect. [more]



Roberto's webpage at the department of neurosciences.



Last update: May 2015