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Mark A. Stopfer, Ph.D., Investigator

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.
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Selected Recent Publications:
  • Gupta, N., and Stopfer, M. (2012) Functional analysis of a higher olfactory center, the lateral horn, Journal of Neuroscience 32, 8138-8148.

  • Joseph, J., Dunn, F.A., and Stopfer, M. (2012) Spontaneous olfactory receptor neuron activity determines follower cell response properties, Journal of Neuroscience 32, 2900-2910.

  • Assisi, C., Stopfer, M., and Bazhenov, M. (2011) Using the structure of inhibitory networks to unravel mechanisms of spatiotemporal patterning, Neuron 69, 373-386.

  • Raman, B., Joseph, J., Tang, J., and Stopfer, M. (2010) Temporally diverse firing patterns in olfactory receptor neurons underlie spatiotemporal neural codes for odors, Journal of Neuroscience 30(6), 1994-2006.

  • Tanaka, N.K, Ito, K., and Stopfer, M. (2009) Odor-evoked neural oscillations in Drosophila are mediated by widely branching interneurons, Journal of Neuroscience, 29, 8595 - 8603.

  • Ito, I., Bazhenov, M., Ong, R., Raman, B., and Stopfer, M. (2009) Frequency transitions in odor-evoked neural oscillations, Neuron, 64, 692-706.

  • Ito, I., Ong, R., Raman, B., and Stopfer, M (2008) Sparse odor representation and olfactory learning, Nature Neuroscience, 11, 1177 - 1184.

All Selected Publications


Contact Information:

Dr. Mark A. Stopfer
Laboratory of Cellular and Synaptic Neurophysiology, NICHD
Porter Neuroscience Research Center
Building 35, Room 3A-102
35 Convent Drive, MSC 3712
Bethesda, MD

Telephone: (301) 451-4534 (office), (301) 402-4777 (fax)
Email: stopferm@mail.nih.gov

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