Marc Sommer


The goals of the laboratory are to study neuronal circuits of the brain underlying vision, cognition, and movement. We focus on the role of the frontal cortex and its communication with other cortical and subcortical areas. Techniques used in the lab include single neuron electrophysiology, psychophysics, and computational modeling. To translate our basic research into therapies for psychiatric and motor disorders, we examine the neural basis of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and other techniques for repairing brain function. Members of the lab come from a great range of disciplines including Biomedical and Electrical engineering, mathematics, neuroscience, neuroanatomy and more. Since the research done in lab is highly interdisciplinary, our lab often collaborates with departments throughout Duke as well as with other institutions.