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Ryan Ellison

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Graduate Student
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Dr. Scott Hooper

Central pattern generators (CPGs) are dedicated neuronal circuits that generate rhythmic motor behavior (e.g., walking, swimming, flying, etc.). How each component neuron’s activity is shaped by, and in turn shapes the activity of, the other neurons of the network is central to understanding CPG function.

My current research focus is on the role of slow processes in CPG networks. In particular, I am investigating how these processes integrate and respond to the input they receive over times longer than the CPG oscillation period, as well as the changes in whole-cell neuron properties that occur as a result.