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Nancy Kopell, PhD
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Dept of Mathematics and Statistics

PhD, University of California, Berkeley
MA, University of California, Berkeley

Nancy Kopell received her B.A. from Cornell University in 1963 and her Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1967. She is currently the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor at Boston University, and co-director of the Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology (CompNet). She organized and directs the Cognitive Rhythms Collaborative (CRC), a group of over two dozen labs, mostly in the Boston Area, working on brain dyanmics and their cognitive implications.

Kopell's Ph.D. training was in pure mathematics, but she transitioned to applied mathematics shortly after receiving her degree. In the first part of her career, she worked on pattern formation in chemical systems, oscillating systems and problems involving the geometry of systems with multiple time scales. For the last two decades, she has worked on mathematical problems in neuroscience. Her current interests parallel the themes of the CRC: how does the brain produce its dynamics (physiological mechanisms), how do brain rhythms take part in cognition (sensory processing, attention, memory, motor control), and how can pathologies of brain dynamics help to understand symptoms of neurological diseases (Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, epilepsy) as well as alternate states of consciousness (anesthesia). She collaborates widely with experimentalists and clinicians.

Kopell is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was recently selected to be an honorary member of the London Mathematical Society, a distinction given to one or two mathematicians per year worldwide. She has been awarded Sloan Guggenheim, and McArthur Fellowships, and has an honory Ph.D. from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She has given the Weldon Memorial Prize Lecture (Oxford), the von Neumann Lecture (SIAM) and the Josiah Willard Gibbs Lecture (AMS, as well as multiple other named lectureships.

Boston University
Center for Computational Neuroscience & Neural Technology

Boston University School of Medicine
Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics

2011 London Mathematical Society: Honorary Member
2009 SIAM: Fellow
2008 Massachusetts Academy of Sciences: Fellow
2006 Oxford University: Weldon Memorial Prize
2006 New Jersey Institute of Technology: Honorary Doctorate
1996 American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Member
1996 National Academy of Sciences: Member
1990-1995 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow
1984-1985 J. S. Guggenheim Fellowship
1975-1977 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow
1963-1964 Woodrow Wilson Fellow (honorary)
1963-1967 N.S.F. Graduate Fellow

Neurobiology and dynamics of Active Sensing
04/15/2017 - 03/31/2022 (PI)
Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York NIH NIMH

Mathematical Modeling Studies of Anesthetic Action
02/10/2017 - 01/31/2022 (PI)
Massachusetts General Hospital NIH NIGMS

Interaction of Time Scales in Forced Rhythmic Networks of Neurons
09/01/2015 - 08/31/2019 (PI)
National Science Foundation

Role of REM Sleep in Emotional Memory Consolidation with Implications for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
06/16/2017 - 11/15/2018 (PI)
Department of Defense/ARO

Control of Thalamocortical Entrainment: Harnessing Brain Rhythms in Behavior & Cognition
02/18/2016 - 07/31/2018 (PI)
Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene NIH NIMH

Prefrontal brain rhymes and rule-based action
08/01/2014 - 07/31/2018 (PI)
Department of Defense/ARO

10/01/2010 - 09/30/2017 (PI)
National Science Foundation

The Role of Decaying Inhibition in Forced Networks of Neurons
09/15/2012 - 08/31/2016 (PI)
National Science Foundation

CRCNS: Gamma Rhythms and Cell Assemblies
08/01/2009 - 08/31/2015 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2019 Project 4: Mathematical Modeling Studies of Anesthetic Action 5P01GM118269-03-6047 11
2018 Project 4: Mathematical Modeling Studies of Anesthetic Action 5P01GM118269-02-6047 11
2018 Project 5: Computational 5P50MH109429-02-8843 8
2017 Project 5: Computational 1P50MH109429-01A1-8843 8
2017 Project 4: Mathematical Modeling Studies of Anesthetic Action 1P01GM118269-01A1-6047 11
2017 Control of thalamocortical entrainment: Harnessing brain rhythms in behavior & cognition 5R21MH108981-02
2016 Control of thalamocortical entrainment: Harnessing brain rhythms in behavior & cognition 1R21MH108981-01
2013 CRCNS: Gamma Rhythms and Cell Assemblies 5R01NS067199-05 28
2012 CRCNS: Gamma Rhythms and Cell Assemblies 5R01NS067199-04 28
2011 CRCNS: Gamma Rhythms and Cell Assemblies 5R01NS067199-03 28
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  1. Ardid S, Sherfey JS, McCarthy MM, Hass J, Pittman-Polletta BR, Kopell N. Biased competition in the absence of input bias revealed through corticostriatal computation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Apr 08.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30962383.
  2. Zhou Y, Vo T, Rotstein HG, McCarthy MM, Kopell N. M-Current Expands the Range of Gamma Frequency Inputs to Which a Neuronal Target Entrains. J Math Neurosci. 2018 Dec 05; 8(1):13. PMID: 30519798.
  3. James NM, Gritton HJ, Kopell N, Sen K, Han X. Muscarinic receptors regulate auditory and prefrontal cortical communication during auditory processing. Neuropharmacology. 2019 01; 144:155-171. PMID: 30352212.
  4. Sherfey JS, Ardid S, Hass J, Hasselmo ME, Kopell NJ. Flexible resonance in prefrontal networks with strong feedback inhibition. PLoS Comput Biol. 2018 08; 14(8):e1006357.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30091975.
  5. Pittman-Polletta BR, Quach A, Mohammed AI, Romano M, Kondabolu K, Kopell NJ, Han X, McCarthy MM. Striatal cholinergic receptor activation causes a rapid, selective and state-dependent rise in cortico-striatal ß activity. Eur J Neurosci. 2018 Oct; 48(8):2857-2868.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29528521.
  6. Sherfey JS, Soplata AE, Ardid S, Roberts EA, Stanley DA, Pittman-Polletta BR, Kopell NJ. DynaSim: A MATLAB Toolbox for Neural Modeling and Simulation. Front Neuroinform. 2018; 12:10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29599715.
  7. Stanley DA, Roy JE, Aoi MC, Kopell NJ, Miller EK. Low-Beta Oscillations Turn Up the Gain During Category Judgments. Cereb Cortex. 2018 Jan 01; 28(1):116-130. PMID: 29253255.
  8. Soplata AE, McCarthy MM, Sherfey J, Lee S, Purdon PL, Brown EN, Kopell N. Thalamocortical control of propofol phase-amplitude coupling. PLoS Comput Biol. 2017 12; 13(12):e1005879.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29227992.
  9. Singer AC, Talei Franzesi G, Kodandaramaiah SB, Flores FJ, Cohen JD, Lee AK, Borgers C, Forest CR, Kopell NJ, Boyden ES. Mesoscale-duration activated states gate spiking in response to fast rises in membrane voltage in the awake brain. J Neurophysiol. 2017 Aug 01; 118(2):1270-1291. PMID: 28566460.
  10. Hunt MJ, Kopell NJ, Traub RD, Whittington MA. Aberrant Network Activity in Schizophrenia. Trends Neurosci. 2017 Jun; 40(6):371-382. PMID: 28515010.
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