One of the primary goals of my research is to better understand the different mechanisms through which cells in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus can account for differences in spatial and non-spatial features of events, contexts, and their associations. I would like to understand how the representation of these differences at the single cell level ultimately contributes to discrimination abilities in behavior. Moreover, I am interested in understanding how input into the hippocampus is differentially processed within the dentate gyrus, CA3, and CA1 subregions and how these structures work together in the service of learning. Lastly, I am interested in the rich oscillatory activity of the dentate gyrus, the modulation of these oscillations by learning, and what we can learn from single cell and local field potential relationships within and across structures.
Rhythmic coordination of hippocampal neurons during associative memory processing