The Neuroscience Program welcomes Dr. Giorgio Ascoli who will present its first seminar of the 2018-19 academic year:
Trees of the Brain, Roots of the Mind
Dr. Giorgio A. Ascoli received a Ph.D. in biochemistry and neuroscience from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Italy, and continued his research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, to investigate protein structure and binding in the nervous system. He moved to the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University in 1997, where he is University Professor in the Molecular Neuroscience Department.
Dr Ascoli contributed to the establishment of the fields of computational neuroanatomy and neuroinformatics. His own laboratory investigates the relationship between brain structure, activity, and function from the cellular to the circuit level. In the long term, Dr Ascoli seeks to create large-scale, anatomically plausible neural networks to model entire portions of a mammalian brain, such as the hippocampus. Dr Ascoli’s interests also involve human memory and consciousness.