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Institute of Life Sciences, Dept. of Neurobiology
and Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC)
the David & Inez Myers Chair
in Computational Neuroscience
The Edmond J. Safra Campus
Hebrew University
Jerusalem 91904, Israel
Tel: 972-2-6585984 (work)
Tel: 972-2-5662965 (home)
Fax: 972-2-6586296 (work)
email: idan@lobster.ls.huji.ac.il

Curriculum Vitae, November 2009

Neurons - these aesthetic elementary microchips of the brain - change as they receive and transmit information. This enables us to learn and adapt to the complicated environment around us, have new ideas and create new worlds. A deep understanding of a computing and learning system such as our brain requires understanding the computational and plastic functions of its basic components - the nerve cells, and the specific networks they form. This is indeed our challenge!


  • Information processing and computation in cortical neurons

  • Synaptic learning and plasticity rules in nonlinear dendritic trees

  • Design principles for synaptic inhibition in dendrites

  • Information processing and computation in the fly visual system (New Max Planck Center at Hebrew University, with T. Bonhoeffer, A. Borst, B. Sakmann (MPI) and A. Mizrahi, H. Sompolinsky, ELSC)

  • Graph analysis (structure) and computer simulations of in silico 3D reconstructed cortical circuits (with H. Markram)

  • Modelling Human cortical neurons and networks (with Huib Mansvelder and Chris de Kock and Javier de Felipe)

  • Emergence of synchrony in electrically-connected neural circuits (with Y. Yarom)

Our Research is supported by generous grants from the HBP, BBP, HU-MP Centre, GIF, and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

Idan Segev Co-edited two books by MIT press:
Methods in Neuronal Modeling (with C. Koch) and
The Theoretical Foundation of Dendritic Function (with J. Rinzel and G. Shepherd).

The Theoretical Foundation of Dendritic Function Methods in Neuronal Modeling

Augmenting Cognition Augmenting Cognition (Editors Idan Segev and Henry Markram). EPFL press

Brain And Art (Editors Idan Segev, Luis M. Martinez and Robert J. Zatorre) - Frontiers Research Topic

Augmenting Cognition Brain And Art