Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Mind/Brain Institute and Department of Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Monaco received degrees in mathematics and cognitive science at the University of Virginia before receiving his Ph.D. from the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at Columbia University. His research has centered on computational modeling of the circuits of the hippocampus for spatial learning and memory. As a postdoctoral research scientist at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Monaco worked with the Mind/Brain Institute to develop behavioral and neurophysiological statistical methods to study how animal movements contribute to learning. With the Biomedical Engineering Department, he has developed computational models of synchronized populations of neurons in the neural networks underlying spatial information processing. He is most interested in synaptic and neuronal properties that have collective effects at the level of networks and circuits.