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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 dendritic trees

  • Design principles for synaptic inhibition in dendrites (New)

  • Functional modules in neuronal sensory processing (New Max Planck Center at Hebrew University, with T. Bonhoeffer, A. Borst, B. Sakmann (MPI) and A. Mizrahi, H. Sompolinsky, ELSC)

  • Processing of visual and somatosensory information in realistic cortical networks (with K. Martin and B. Sakmann)

  • Computer simulations of cortical circuits (with H. Markram)

Our Research is supported by generous grants from the ONR, NIMH, BSF, and the ISF.

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

Idan Segev Co--edited A book by EPFL press:
Auugmenting COgnition