Ferster, David, PhD

Information

Name

Ferster, David, PhD

Title

Professor

Email

ferster@northwestern.edu

Office Phone

847-491-4137

Department

Neurobiology

Office

Cook Hall 2-139 Evanston

NU Scholar Profile

https://northwestern.pure.elsevier.com/en/persons/f6b431f2-3ab4-4e12-a55a-c8e8ef039f4d

Recent Publications on PubMed

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=Ferster%2C%20David%5BFull%20Author%20Name%5D&cmd=DetailsSearch

Current Research

Current Research

The mammalian visual cortex performs a remarkable transformation of the information it receives from the eye. Neurons in the cortex are sensitive to the orientation, motion, depth and size of objects in ways that the eye is not, which means that the cortex extracts this information from the nonspecific input it receives from the eye.

We are studying the neuronal mechanisms by which this cortex performs this transformation. Neuronal connections are traced within the cortex and their functions observed during normal vision by recording intracellularly from neurons in the intact animal. We have developed an in vivo method of patch recording to obtain these intracellular records. Recent studies have focused on the manner in which excitatory and inhibitory inputs interact, the mechanisms of oscillatory firing and the origin of orientation and direction selectivity in cortical cells.