Anna Devor

Dr. Anna Devor received her initial research training at the interface between the experimental and computational neuroscience at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Her PhD thesis focused on biophysical mechanisms of the membrane potential oscillations in a network of electrically coupled neurons. After defending her PhD thesis in 2002, she went on to specialize in brain imaging technology at Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at MGH. In 2005, she established an independent research laboratory at UC San Diego. Dr. Devor’s research program is focused on real time detection of brain activity across scales: from cellular and molecular activity of neuronal circuits in animals to noninvasive brain imaging in humans. To this end, the Devor laboratory and their collaborators assemble a suite of micro- and nanoscopic technologies that, collectively, allow precise and quantitative probing of large numbers of the relevant physiological parameters. These multimodal measurements are then combined with system-level analysis/modeling, commonly used in engineering disciplines, to understand how specific patterns of microscopic brain activity (and their pathological departures) translate into noninvasive macroscopic observables obtained with functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG). The overarching goal is to develop a single estimation framework for inference of neuronal network activity from multimodal human fMRI/MEG imaging data.