Neurogeometry

About the Lab

Research in our lab is aimed at understanding the basic brain functions and principles of synaptic connectivity in the cerebral cortex through the quantitative analysis of neuron morphology. Ongoing projects range from theoretical and computational studies of learning and memory in real and artificial neural networks to the analyses of structural connectivity diagrams built from experimental datasets of reconstructed neurons to the development of algorithms for automated tracing of neurites from 3D light microscopy images. We use methods that are rooted in theoretical physics and machine learning, combined with geometrical techniques and numerical simulations.

The Neurogeometry lab is part of the Physics Department and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Complex Systems at Northeastern University in Boston.

Research Highlights

In collaboration with the research group of Prof. Mirek Riedewald from Khoury College of Computer Sciences, we have developed the first beta version of the NCTracer Web software for visualization, registration, automated tracing, and collaborative studies of the structure and dynamics of neural circuits based on large datasets of light-microscopy images.  

More information can be found on the NCTracer Web page.

Contact Information

Prof. Armen Stepanyants
Northeastern University
110 Forsyth St., Boston, MA 02115

a.stepanyants@neu.edu
Tel: (617) 373-2944; Fax: (617) 373-2943
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Open Positions

Graduate Research Assistant in Computational / Theoretical Neuroscience

Second-year physics Ph.D. students in good standing, who are genuinely interested in Neuroscience research, are encouraged to apply for RA positions in the Neurogeometry Lab. Applicants must have a strong theoretical background and good computational skills. To apply, contact Prof. Armen Stepanyants (a.stepanyants@neu.edu).