Dr. David Whitney joined MPFI as a post-doc in the Fitzpatrick lab in September 2013. Using cutting-edge optical methods to interrogate neural activity, his research focuses on understanding how neural response properties, such as orientation-selectivity, emerge in the visual cortex during development.
Prior to joining the Fitzpatrick lab, Dr. Whitney earned his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University with Dr. Justin Crowley and Dr. Seong-gi Kim. His dissertation work used longitudinal optical imaging of intrinsic signal to demonstrate that cortical feature maps in ferret visual cortex remain largely stable throughout the developmental critical period, and are robust to perturbation.
- Development of cortical circuits
- Spontaneous activity
- Cortical map organization
- Vasireddi A.K., Vazquez A.L., Whitney D.E., Fukuda M., Kim S.G. (2016) Functional Connectivity of Resting Hemodynamic Signals in Submillimeter Orientation Columns of the Visual Cortex. Brain Connect. 6(8): 596-606.
- Wilson, D.E., Whitney, D.E., Scholl, B., and Fitzpatrick, D. (2016). Orientation selectivity and the functional clustering of synaptic inputs in primary visual cortex. Nature Neuroscience, 19, 1003-1009.
- Smith G.D.*, Whitney D*, Fitzpatrick D. (2015) Modular Representation of Luminance Polarity in the Superficial Layers of Primary Visual Cortex. Neuron, Volume 88 , Issue 4 , 805 – 818.