Since 1994, the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida
Atlantic University, Boca Raton, has been the home of a unique
cross-disciplinary Ph.D program in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. The
aim of this program is to create a new kind of brain behavioral scientist
who will be biologically and mathematically literate, able to relate
experimental data with theoretical/computational modeling and bring new
ways of thinking and doing into the field of neuroscience. The courses are
research oriented and consist of a core curriculum in neuroscience
(including behavioral, computational and cognitive neuroscience),
psychology, physics, and the mathematical concepts and tools of complex,
nonlinear dynamical systems. Students learn how medical imaging
techniques, laboratory research, and analytical and computational methods
can be combined to offer powerful and unique insights into the human
brain, its relation to mind and behavior and disorders thereof.
Our PhD graduates have pursued academic and research careers at
Institutions such as Harvard, Brown, Stanford, UCSF, Emory, New York
University, the Salk and Neurosciences Institutes and various intramural
research sections at NIH in addition to private industry such as IBM and
Mathworks, the US Air Force, NASA and NRL. Our postdoctoral fellows have
distinguished themselves as leaders in neuroscience and related fields
throughout the world.
Janet Blanks: Gene therapy, retinal degeneration, neuroprotection in the
Elan Barenholtz: Psychophysical and computational approaches to visual and
multisensory perception and recognition.
Steven L. Bressler: Cognitive NeuroDynamics: Investigation of cognitive
processing through analysis of the large-scale dynamics of activity in the
cerebral cortex using EEG, MEG, LFP.
Brenda Claiborne: Factors that affect neuronal morphology and function
over the lifespan of the mammal.
Armin Fuchs: Analysis of large scale brain activity patterns and combining
noninvasive recording technologies, i.e. EEG, MEG, functional MRI and
Diffusion Tensor Imaging.
Howard S. Hock: Motion detection and motion pattern formation; dynamic
computational models; new projects: 1) perceptual grouping, 2)
J. A. Scott Kelso: The science of coordination (Coordination Dynamics):
from neurons to people.
David J. Lewkowicz: Child Development, Auditory-Visual Integration,
Sequence Learning, Perceptual Narrowing
Gary W. Perry: Neurobiology. Molecular and cellular mechanisms of neural
development, growth and regeneration.
Howard Prentice: Ischemic adaptations, Neurodegenerative disease, Brain
anoxia, Mitochondrial dysfunction and aging processes.
Wen Shen: "Dr. Shen's Laboratory seeks to understand how the single neuron
and complex of neuronal circuits interact at processing of visual
information within retina in molecular and electrophysiological
Robert W. Stackman: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Spatial
Navigation, Brain Representations of Space, Mouse models of Alzheimer's
Emmanuelle Tognoli: principle of brain coordination dynamics in individual
and social behavior, in cognition, and in clinical disorders.
Robert P. Vertes: Neurophysiology/Neuroanatomy. Functional organization of
the brainstem and its role in controlling activity of the forebrain.
Jang Yen Wu: Neuroscience, neurotransmitters and neurological disorders.
Applications are welcomed until February 15, 2014.
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