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Postdoctoral Fellow

Yahya Karimipanah, Ph.D.

Section on Critical Brain Dynamics

Laboratory of Systems Neuroscience
Building 35 Room 3A-114
35 Convent Drive
Bethesda MD 20892-3726

Lab: (301) 594-8054
Fax: (301) 480-7480
karimipanahy@mail.nih.gov



I have a physics background and I used to work on theoretical Cosmology during my master studies in Iran. Later, having developed much interest in neuroscience, I decided to switch from cosmology to computational neuroscience. I joined Ralf Wessel’s Neurophysics Lab in Washington University in St. Louis.  Since then, my research has been focused on “neural criticality hypothesis”. After receiving my Physics PhD from Washington University in St. Louis, I joined Dr. Plenz’s Lab as a postdoctoral fellow.

My research has been mostly focused on modeling critical dynamics and data analysis of calcium imaging data. One of my major topics of interest is the role of criticality in neural coding. In a broader sense, I am interested in emergent phenomena at the network level. I also have a long-standing interest in certain topics in cognitive neuroscience such as emotion regulation and consciousness studies. In general, my topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Self-organized criticality in the brain, neural coding and sensory processing, models of working memory and statistical data analysis.

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  • 1) Karimipanah, Y., Ma, Z.H., Miller, J., Yuste, R. and Wessel, R. (2016)
  • Neocortical Activity is Stimulus- and Scale-Invariant (Under review).
  • 2) Karimipanah, Y., Ma, Z.H., and Wessel, R. (2016)
  • New Hallmarks of Criticality in Recurrent Neural Networks (Under review).
  • 3) Shew, W.L., Clawson, W.P., Pobst, J., Karimipanah, Y., Wright, N.C., and Wessel, R. (2015)
  • Adaptation to Sensory Input Tunes Visual Cortex to Criticality.
  • Nature Physics
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