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Functional Architecture and Development of the Cerebral Cortex
The Fitzpatrick Lab is focused on understanding neural circuits in the cerebral cortex, the largest and most complex area of the brain, a neuronal network whose proper function is critical for sensory perception, motor control, and cognition. We use state of the art in vivo imaging techniques to study the synaptic interactions in visual cortex that enable our remarkable abilities to detect, interpret, and interact with the information-rich patterns of light that fall on our retinas. We examine circuit organization at columnar, cellular, and synaptic levels of resolution, probing fundamental questions about cortical function and development.