Nancy Kopell, PhD
Professor
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.

Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics


Co-Director
Boston University
Engineering



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 (Subcontract PI)
Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York NIH NIMH
5P50MH109429-04

Mathematical Modeling Studies of Anesthetic Action
02/10/2017 - 01/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Massachusetts General Hospital NIH NIGMS
5P01GM118269-04

Developmental origins of mental illness: evolution and reversibility
07/16/2020 - 03/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College NIH NIMH
3P50MH094271-08S1

Role of REM Sleep in Emotional Memory Consolidation with Implications for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
06/16/2017 - 07/09/2020 (PI)
Department of Defense/ARO


Interaction of Time Scales in Forced Rhythmic Networks of Neurons
09/01/2015 - 08/31/2019 (PI)
National Science Foundation
DMS-1514796

Control of Thalamocortical Entrainment: Harnessing Brain Rhythms in Behavior & Cognition
02/18/2016 - 07/31/2018 (Subcontract PI)
Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene NIH NIMH
1R21MH108981-01

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


COGNITIVE RHYTHMS COLLABORATIVE: A DISCOVERY NETWORK
10/01/2010 - 09/30/2017 (PI)
National Science Foundation
DMS-1042134

The Role of Decaying Inhibition in Forced Networks of Neurons
09/15/2012 - 08/31/2016 (PI)
National Science Foundation
DMS-1225647

CRCNS: Gamma Rhythms and Cell Assemblies
08/01/2009 - 08/31/2015 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke
5R01NS067199-05



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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2020 Project 4: Mathematical Modeling Studies of Anesthetic Action 5P01GM118269-04-6047 20
2020 Project 5: Computational 5P50MH109429-04-8843 22
2019 Project 4: Mathematical Modeling Studies of Anesthetic Action 5P01GM118269-03-6047 20
2019 Project 5: Computational 5P50MH109429-03-8843 22
2018 Project 4: Mathematical Modeling Studies of Anesthetic Action 5P01GM118269-02-6047 20
2018 Project 5: Computational 5P50MH109429-02-8843 22
2017 Project 5: Computational 1P50MH109429-01A1-8843 22
2017 Project 4: Mathematical Modeling Studies of Anesthetic Action 1P01GM118269-01A1-6047 20
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
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  1. Bastos AM, Lundqvist M, Waite AS, Kopell N, Miller EK. Layer and rhythm specificity for predictive routing. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020 12 08; 117(49):31459-31469. PMID: 33229572
     
  2. Gelastopoulos A, Kopell NJ. Interactions of multiple rhythms in a biophysical network of neurons. J Math Neurosci. 2020 Nov 17; 10(1):19. PMID: 33201339
     
  3. Sherfey J, Ardid S, Miller EK, Hasselmo ME, Kopell NJ. Prefrontal oscillations modulate the propagation of neuronal activity required for working memory. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2020 09; 173:107228.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32561459
     
  4. Chartove JAK, McCarthy MM, Pittman-Polletta BR, Kopell NJ. A biophysical model of striatal microcircuits suggests gamma and beta oscillations interleaved at delta/theta frequencies mediate periodicity in motor control. PLoS Comput Biol. 2020 02; 16(2):e1007300.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32097404
     
  5. Gelastopoulos A, Whittington MA, Kopell NJ. Parietal low beta rhythm provides a dynamical substrate for a working memory buffer. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 08 13; 116(33):16613-16620. PMID: 31371513
     
  6. 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 04 23; 116(17):8564-8569.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30962383
     
  7. 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
     
  8. 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
     
  9. Scholvin J, Zorzos A, Kinney J, Bernstein J, Moore-Kochlacs C, Kopell N, Fonstad C, Boyden ES. Scalable, Modular Three-Dimensional Silicon Microelectrode Assembly via Electroless Plating. Micromachines (Basel). 2018 Aug 30; 9(9). PMID: 30424369
     
  10. 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
     
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