Dr. Deshmukh Sachin

Dr. Deshmukh Sachin

Assistant Research Scientist

Mind/Brain Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, United States of America

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Biography:

During the course of my career in neuroscience, I have worked on sensory as well as cognitive systems. I worked on olfaction during my graduate studies, and demonstrated representation of olfactory information in the hippocampus of anesthetized rats. In the last seven years, I have been working on the hippocampal system, investigating the functional dissociation between the two major cortical inputs to the hippocampus, the lateral entorhinal cortex (LEC) and the medial entorhinal cortex (MEC). My experiments have shown that LEC represents spatial as well as nonspatial information derived from external sensory inputs in the presence of objects (which can also serve as landmarks), in contrast to the spatial representation in MEC derived from path integration. Hippocampus, in turn, uses landmarks to represent spatial locations as a function of distance and direction from landmarks. Correlated with the functional difference between LEC and MEC, MEC shows strong theta modulation, similar to the hippocampus, while LEC does not.

Academic positions:

2011-present Assistant Research Scientist, Krieger Mind/Brain Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

Research interests:

Single unit, ensemble recordings of neuronal activity in rat hippocampus, entorhincal cortex and related areas, in order to understand information processing in these regions and their role in spatial navigation, learning and memory.

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