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Stopfer, Mark

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35A CONVENT DR Room 3E623, MSC 3715
Bethesda ,MD 20892

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Dr. Stopfer received his B.S. and Ph.D. from Yale University, where, with Tom Carew, he applied behavioral and electrophysiological techniques to study mechanisms underlying simple forms of learning. He then joined Gilles Laurent's laboratory at the California Institute of Technology where he examined the information processing properties that emerge within ensembles of neurons, focusing particularly upon oscillatory and synchronous neural activity. Dr. Stopfer came to NIH in 2002. His laboratory studies neural ensemble mechanisms underlying sensory coding in relatively simple animals.

Publications (PubMed):

Using the structure of inhibitory networks to unravel mechanisms of spatiotemporal patterning.
Sparse odor representation and olfactory learning.
Synaptic learning rules and sparse coding in a model sensory system.
Adaptive regulation of sparseness by feedforward inhibition.
Encoding a temporally structured stimulus with a temporally structured neural representation.
Temporally diverse firing patterns in olfactory receptor neurons underlie spatiotemporal neural codes for odors.
Frequency transitions in odor-evoked neural oscillations.
Intensity versus identity coding in an olfactory system.
Odor-evoked neural oscillations in Drosophila are mediated by widely branching interneurons.
Fast odor learning improves reliability of odor responses in the locust antennal lobe.
Dye fills reveal additional olfactory tracts in the protocerebrum of wild-type Drosophila.
Excitatory local interneurons enhance tuning of sensory information.
Functional analysis of a higher olfactory center, the lateral horn.
Peripheral and central olfactory tuning in a moth.
Spontaneous olfactory receptor neuron activity determines follower cell response properties.
Mimicking biological design and computing principles in artificial olfaction.
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