How our brain computes information? What is changing in our brain when we learn?

At the Schiller Lab we seek to decipher the activity of the brain that underlies our behavior in high resolution, including molecular, cellular and network levels.
Our research concentrates on the cortex, the largest and most complex brain structure that is responsible for our most basic sensory and motor functions as well as our higher functions such as learning, memory and emotions. In short it determines who we are. We seek to understand how individual cortical neurons process and store the vast input infor­mation they receive, and how these properties contribute to processing and storage of information in the cortical network.

Dysfunctions of the cortex, unfortunately lead to some of the most devastating diseases known to mankind such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, autism and more. We believe that understanding how the cortex works in the normal brain is fundamental to understanding what makes us human and is first step towards finding remedies to the diseased brain.

In my lab we study these questions using state of the art imaging, electrophysiological, histological, behavioral, light manipulations and computational methods.
Jackie Schiller, PhD.