Research

How do populations of neurons work together to generate a coherent perception of the world?

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow with Anne Churchland at CSHL, using electrophysiology and ethological behaviors to understand multisensory circuits.

My Ph.D. research with Ed Callaway at the Salk Institute investigated cell types and circuits in the visual cortex of mice. I employed in vivo intrinsic signal imaging, 2p calcium imaging, optogenetics, extracellular electrophysiology, and various tracing methods. My dissertation research showed that mice have visual areas that can compute complex motion (Juavinett & Callaway, 2015), and that genetically- and hodologically-defined cell types in layer 5 of visual cortex are functionally different (Kim, Juavinett, et al., 2015). In addition, I developed protocols to use intrinsic signal imaging to automatically draw borders between mouse visual areas (Juavinett et al., 2017).

Prior to my PhD work, I helped to identify biomarkers of stimulant addition (Stewart, Juavinett, et al., 2015) and developed ideas about the use of neurofeedback as a treatment for autism (Pineda, Juavinett, & Datko, 2012).

My complete CV is here.