Welcome to Michal Zochowski’s research group!

We are jointly appointed with the Department of Physics and The Biophysics Program at the University of Michigan. Our research lies at the interface between physics and neurobiology and we combine theoretical  and computational work with experimental biological studies. We are primarily interested in the dynamical aspects of information processing in the brain from the perspective of patter formation in complex networks and study this through a diverse variety of projects centered around:

  • Investigating spatio-temporal pattern formation in complex networks

  • Understanding interactions between network connectivity structure and neuronal excitability properties underlying network-wide pattern formation in bran networks

  • Development of tools that aid characterization functional connectivity of brain networks

We apply the developed insight from above aims to:

  • memory storage, retrieval, and consolidation
  • sleep dependent memory consolidation
  • Decision making in the striatal basal ganglia formation
  • Neurogenesis
  • understanding dynamical roles of neuromodulation in the brain
  • Epilepsy

Our experimental approaches center around:

  • Multi-electrode array recording of neuronal cultures
  • Optical imaging of neuronal activity
  • Morphology of hippocampal cell cultures