Emory, HSRB W230
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical EngineeringResearch Focus Areas:
The goal of my research is to develop a method for mapping spontaneous activity throughout the whole brain with high spatial and temporal resolution, with the intention of using this technique to characterize alterations in dynamic neural activity linked to dysfunction and to identify potential targets for intervention. My primary expertise is in fMRI and functional connectivity mapping, and since my lab was established at Emory, we have focused on obtaining information about the dynamic activity of functional networks from the BOLD signal. Despite BOLD's indirect relationship to neural signals, evidence is growing that the BOLD fluctuations provide information about behaviorally relevant network activity. We take a two-pronged approach to the problem, combining MRI with direct neural measures like electrophysiology and optical imaging in the rodent, or with EEG and behavioral outputs in the human. Our effort to understand the relationship between BOLD and electrical or optical recordings (very different signals that cover very different spatial and temporal scales) has led us to develop new approaches to data analysis that include spectral, spatial, and temporal information. To better understand the large-scale dynamics of brain activity, we have become fluent in network modeling, nonlinear dynamics, and machine learning.
Research Affiliations: Center for Neural Engineering