The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Yoram Burak

Assistant Professor

Computational Neuroscience and Biophysics

Yoram Burak's group investigates how neural circuits in the brain perform biologically relevant computations, such as: sensory inference, maintenance of short-term memory, and generation of motor output.

The group is part of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, and the Racah Institute of Physics

 

Topics of current interest include:

Short-term memory in noisy neural networks

How does neural activity in the brain maintain, and represent, short term memories? What are the constraints posed by neural processing and by neural stochasticity? We are interested especially in the representation of continuous variables, such as orientation, eye position, location in space, or accumulated evidence. 

Sequence generation and learning 

How do local plasticity rules in the brain shape the global structure of a neural circuit? Under what conditions can they give rise to neural networks that generate precisely timed sequences of neural activity?

Invariant sensory perception 

How does the brain infer the structure of the external world from sensory inputs, while remaining insensitive to transformations such as translation and rotation? A particular area of interest is fixational eye motion, and the consequences of this motion for high-acuity vision.

Spatial coding and computation in the brain

What are the mechanims that underlie the dynamical properties of grid cells in the entorhinal cortex? Are there fundamental principles that explain the structure of the grid cell code for position? 

Funding

Our research is currently supported by the Israel Science Foundation, the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research, and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

Recent publications

2019

2017

2016

CV

Contact information

Phone:
+972-2-6585837 (Racah Inst.)
+972-2-6584523 (ELSC)

Email: yoram.burak at elsc.huji.ac.il

Address:
Dancinger B 103, The Hebrew University, Safra campus, Jerusalem 91904, Israel  
(ELSC office: Goodman building, 1st floor, south wing)

Lab Members

Undertgraduate student
Ph.D Student
Ph.D Student
M.Sc. Student

Alumni

Name Photo Email
Neta Ravid Tannenbaum Neta Ravid Tannenbaum ravidneta@gmail.com

2018 Ph.D. (computational neuroscience). Thesis submitted: Shaping neural connectivity by spike timing dependent plasticity.

Nimrod Shaham Student Avatar

2018 Ph.D. (physics): Working memory of continuous parameters in noisy neural networks.
Current position: Swartz postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Brain Science, Harvard University.

Ishay Mor Student Avatar

2014 M.Sc. in physics: Noise Induced Systematic Drift in Continuous Attractor Neural Networks. 
Current position: Algorithm developer, Optibus, Ltd.

Yoav Rubinstein Student Avatar

2018 Undergraduate project (Amirim honors program):
Emergence of diverse cluster sizes ininhibitory networks under STDP dynamics.

Itai Alpern Student Avatar

2017 Undergraduate project (Amirim honors program):
An idealized model for the dynamics of spatial working memory on a ring.

Yael Zak Student Avatar

2016 Undergraduate project (Amirim honors program and cognition):
The role of structural motifs in the spontaneous emergence of neuron assemblies structure.

Amit Aharon Student Avatar

2015 Undergraduate project (physics and life sciences): 
Is vernier acuity influenced by peripheral features in the visual scene?

Alon Salhov Student Avatar

2014 Undergraduate project (Amirim honors program): 
Importance of difference in synaptic time constants on maintaining information in a network of noisy neurons.

Avraham Moriel Student Avatar

2014 Undergraduate project (physics and cognition): 
Amount of single module grid cells needed for position estimation.

Gad Mintz Student Avatar

2013 Undergraduate project (Amirim honors program):
Information Decoding in the Vernier Task.

Open Positions

Occasionally, our lab has openings for highly motivated students and postdoctoral research fellows. We are seeking candidates who are interested in theoretical work in neuroscience and biophysics. A strong education in mathematical sciences (physics, mathematics, or computer science) is necessary.

Postdoctoral fellows 

Applicants must have an excellent research record in theoretical neuroscience, theoretical physics, mathematics, or a related field, and a keen interest in computational neuroscience. To apply, please send a CV and list of publications, a brief statement of research interests, and the names of three references to yoram.burak at elsc.huji.ac.il. 

M.Sc. and Ph.D. Students

Students at the Hebrew University enrolled in the physics programs (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) or in the ELSC graduate program in computational neuroscience: please email yoram.burak at elsc.huji.ac.il.

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