Keith Hengen, Ph.D.

Keith Hengen, Ph.D.

Neural plasticity, computational neuroscience, network dynamics, homeostasis, self-organization, brain machine interface

Assistant Professor
Biology

  • Keywords
    Neural plasticity, computational neuroscience, network dynamics, homeostasis, self-organization, brain machine interface

  • Research
    Nothing in the brain works without the capacity to self-organize and maintain stable function across dynamic and variable environments.

    Our research interests are rooted in the homeostatic self-organization of intact neural networks that support sensation, perception and cognition, and how appropriate information transmission in these systems is established during development and disrupted in disease.

    Currently, we're investigating the role of sleep and wake in chaperoning the interactions between distinct plasticity mechanisms. We want to ask questions about how synaptic homeostasis can shape emergent properties of neuronal networks, topologies that ultimately represent the building blocks of cognition.