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Bernardo Rudy

Bernardo Rudy, MD, PhD

Neuroscience Institute

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care, and Pain Medicine

Julius Raynes Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology

organization and function of neocortical circuits, channels and transporters, molecular, cellular, & translational neuroscience

We are interested in how neuronal activity regulates behavior. Toward this goal, we study how brain function depends on the properties of individual neurons and the circuits they make with other neurons. Our main focus is on the cerebral cortex, the largest and most complex part of the mammalian brain. The computations that take place in this brain area are essential for normal perception, memory, motor control, and cognition. It is where acquired sensory information about the external world is integrated with past experience (memories) in order to predict and command appropriate behavior. We aim to understand how the basic properties of different types of cortical neurons, the building blocks of the cerebral cortex, and their connections contribute to behavior. We study the diversity of cortical neurons and the connectivity among different cell types, as well as the ion channels and other intrinsic factors that control their excitability, the dynamic properties of their synapses and how these properties are regulated by neuromodulators. We then manipulate neuronal properties and cortical circuits and study how these manipulations affect function. We are currently emphasizing two areas of research: i) characterization of the circuits by which distinct GABAergic interneurons shape cortical information processing and ii) the mechanisms by which acetylcholine, a neuromodulator with key roles in the control of cognitive function, modulates cortical function. To address these questions, we use a multidisciplinary approach that combines molecular, genetic, and anatomical techniques with electrophysiological, imaging, and optogenetic methods in vitro and in vivo as well as behavioral methods. We hope to unravel cellular and circuit mechanisms that mediate cortical function and gain insight into how dysfunction of ion channels, cortical neurons, and neuromodulatory systems contributes to neurological and psychiatric disease.





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Science Building, 435 East 30th Street

12th Floor, Room 1213

New York, NY 10016

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Vice Chair of Research, Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care and Pain Medicine

PhD from Cambridge University

MD from National Autonomous University of Mexico

Field, Rachel E; D'amour, James A; Tremblay, Robin; Miehl, Christoph; Rudy, Bernardo; Gjorgjieva, Julijana; Froemke, Robert C

Neuron. 2020 Jun 03; 106(5):842-854.e4

Ibrahim, Leena A; Schuman, Ben; Bandler, Rachel; Rudy, Bernardo; Fishell, Gord

Current opinion in neurobiology. 2020 May 29; 63:154-161

Singh, Amrita; Patel, Divya; Li, Anna; Hu, Lizbeth; Zhang, Qiaosheng; Liu, Yaling; Guo, Xinling; Robinson, Eric; Martinez, Erik; Doan, Lisa; Rudy, Bernardo; Chen, Zhe S; Wang, Jing

Current biology. CB. 2020 May 04; 30(9):1703-1715.e5

Kelly, Jenna G; García-Marín, Virginia; Rudy, Bernardo; Hawken, Michael J

Cerebral cortex. 2019 May 01; 29(5):1921-1937

Schuman, Benjamin; Machold, Robert P; Hashikawa, Yoshiko; Fuzik, János; Fishell, Gord J; Rudy, Bernardo

Journal of neuroscience. 2019 Jan 02; 39(1):125-139

Wamsley, Brie; Jaglin, Xavier Hubert; Favuzzi, Emilia; Quattrocolo, Giulia; Nigro, Maximiliano José; Yusuf, Nusrath; Khodadadi-Jamayran, Alireza; Rudy, Bernardo; Fishell, Gord

Neuron. 2018 Nov 21; 100(4):846-859.e7

Maximiliano José, Nigro; Hashikawa, Yoshiko; Rudy, Bernardo

Journal of neuroscience. 2018 Feb 14; 38(7):1622-1633

Hashikawa, Koichi; Hashikawa, Yoshiko; Tremblay, Robin; Zhang, Jiaxing; Feng, James E; Sabol, Alexander; Piper, Walter T; Lee, Hyosang; Rudy, Bernardo; Lin, Dayu

Nature neuroscience. 2017 Nov; 20(11):1580-1590