Clarissa Whitmire

PhD Candidate, Wallace H Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University

My long term objective is to quantify the dynamic encoding of sensory information from the periphery to perception and develop methodologies to control this flow of sensory information. I gained a strong foundation in engineering principles through my undergraduate training in biomedical engineering with a concentration in instrumentation. In my first two years of graduate school, I was trained in computational neuroscience methodologies including statistical, biophysical, and phenomenological modeling. In my subsequent graduate work, I have combined engineering principles, experimental neuroscience, and quantitative methods to study neural encoding of somatosensory information in the rat vibrissa thalamocortical circuit.

keywords: thalamocortical circuit, thalamic gating, sensory adaptation, optogenetic modulation