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Benjamin Scholl PhD


Dr. Benjamin Scholl joined the Fitzpatrick lab as a postdoc in June 2015. He uses a combination of electrophysiological and optical techniques to unravel cortical computations at the level of individual cells. His research investigates the functional organization of dendrites and spines of neurons in ferret visual cortex.

Before joining the Fitzpatrick lab, Dr. Scholl earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience with Dr. Nicholas Priebe at University of Texas, Austin. There he studied cortical computations in the visual system of many different mammalian species. His work with Dr. Priebe also included investigations of cortical circuitry in awake primates and developmental plasticityin rodents and carnivores. Prior to his graduate studies, Dr. Scholl worked under Dr. Michael Wehr where he studied excitatory and inhibitory synaptic inputs underlying cortical receptive fields in the auditory system.

Dr. Scholl is also a founder and host of the Max Planck Florida's Neurotransmissions podcast, in which leading neuroscientists from around the world share their perspectives on a life in neuroscience.

Research Interests

  • Organization of sensory feature selectivity
  • Functional properties of neuronal compartments
  • Developmental plasticity
  • Dynamics and neuronal properties in awake animals
  • Evolution of the mammalian cerebral cortex


  • PhD, University of Texas, Austin, Neuroscience (2015)
  • BS, University of Oregon, Physics (2008)