Larry Abbott is the William Bloor Professor of Theoretical Neuroscience at Columbia University. He received his PhD in physics from Brandeis University in 1977 and worked in theoretical particle physics at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, CERN (the European center for particle physics) and as a physics faculty member at Brandeis. Abbott began a transition to neuroscience research in 1989 and has worked in the field of theoretical neuroscience ever since. His research involves the computational modeling and mathematical analysis of neurons and neural networks. The work uses analytic techniques and computer simulation to study how single neurons respond to their synaptic inputs, how neurons interact to produce functioning neural circuits, and how large populations of neurons represent, store, and process information. His research is highly collaborative, and current interests include developing network models and studying their dynamics, studies of olfaction with Richard Axel, work on motor systems with Mark Churchland and Tom Jessell, and studies of electrosensation with Nate Sawtell.
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