Summary

I am a postdoctoral research scientist in the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at Columbia University. I did my graduate work with David Freedman at The University of Chicago.

My research interests center on the neural code. So far, much of my work has focused on how neural representations can be made reliable both within a single brain region and when information needs to be integrated across multiple distinct brain regions. In general, I am struck by the extreme disorder that has been observed in neural population responses in much of cortex, especially in contrast to the extreme regularity of responses in other neural systems. I want to understand both how cortex overcomes this noise, but also why it is so noisy to begin with.

Pronouns: he/they
Email: wjeffreyjohnston (at) gmail (dot) com
Github: github.com/wj2
Twitter: @wjeffjohnston