Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience & Physiology
NYU Neuroscience Institute
450 East 29th St
Room 935 East River Science Park
New York, NY 10016
Our lab is using electrophysiology, optogenetics, and psychophysics to understand the principles of the sensory information processing. Specifically we are focused on two questions: 1) how is odor information coded in the brain of the awake, behaving mouse? And 2) how is information relevant to animal behavior extracted by the brain? In short, we want to know what the mouse’s nose tells its brain.
Recently, our laboratory has been focused on temporal aspects of olfactory coding. We discovered that a) olfactory neuronal code at the level of olfactory bulb is temporally very precise (~10 ms) [Shusterman-2011], and b) the mammalian olfactory system can read and interpret temporal patterns at this time scales [Smear-2011]. Our efforts are directed towards establishing causal connection between neuronal coding and animal behavior.
Smear, M., Shusterman, R., O’Connor, R., Bozza, T. & Rinberg, D. Perception of sniff phase in mouse olfaction. Nature 479, 397–400 (2011).
Shusterman, R., Smear, M. C., Koulakov, A. A. & Rinberg, D. Precise olfactory responses tile the sniff cycle. Nat Neurosci 14, 1039–1044 (2011).
Koulakov, A. A. & Rinberg, D. Sparse Incomplete Representations: A Potential Role of Olfactory Granule Cells. Neuron 72, 124–136 (2011).
Rinberg, D., Koulakov, A. & Gelperin, A. Speed-accuracy tradeoff in olfaction. Neuron 51, 351–358 (2006).
Rinberg, D., Koulakov, A. & Gelperin, A. Sparse odor coding in awake behaving mice. J Neurosci 26, 8857–8865 (2006).