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Jonathan Whitlock is head of the Whitlock research group at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience. His focus is on unraveling how higher motor systems in cortex coordinate natural behavior and permit social learning. His group studies these phenomena by combining quantitative behavioral tracking with neuronal ensemble recordings in freely-behaving rats and mice. The group also uses optogenetics and a variety of anatomical approaches to better understand the function and connectivity of relevant circuits.
Whitlock currently coordinates the Master's program in Neuroscience at the Kavli Institute, and organizes the Institute's course in Physiological Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. His group strarted at the Kavli Institute in 2014 under the auspices of an ERC starting grant, prior to which he was a post-doctor with Edvard and May-Britt Moser, comparing navigational representations across parietal and entorhinal cortices.
He was a graduate student of Mark Bear at Brown University and MIT, with his thesis work demonstrating that synaptic connections in the hippocampus grew stronger as a consequence of single-trial learning in rats.
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- (2019) Organization of Posterior Parietal–Frontal Connections in the Rat. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. vol. 13 (38).
- (2018) Architecture and Organization of Mouse Posterior Parietal Cortex Relative to Extrastriate Areas. European Journal of Neuroscience.
- (2018) Efficient cortical coding of 3D posture in freely behaving rats. Science. vol. 362 (6414).
- (2017) Movement Coding at the Mesoscale in Posterior Parietal Cortex. Neuron.
- (2017) Posterior parietal cortex. Current Biology.
- (2014) Navigating actions through the rodent parietal cortex. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. vol. 8 (MAY).
- (2012) Head direction maps remain stable despite grid map fragmentation. Frontiers in Neural Circuits. vol. 6.
- (2012) Functional Split between Parietal and Entorhinal Cortices in the Rat. Neuron. vol. 73 (4).
- (2009) Fragmentation of grid cell maps in a multicompartment environment. Nature Neuroscience. vol. 12 (10).
- (2009) Synaptic Plasticity and Spatial Representations in the Hippocampus. The Cognitive Neurosciences, 4th Edition.
- (2008) Navigating from hippocampus to parietal cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. vol. 105 (30).
- (2006) Learning Induces Long-Term Potentiation in the Hippocampus. Science. vol. 313 (5790).