Christiane Linster

I made a big decision a little while ago.
I don't remember what it was, which probably goes to show

That many times a simple choice can prove essential
Even though it often might appear inconsequential

I must have been distracted when I left my home because
Left or right I'm sure I went. (I wonder which it was!)
Anyway, I never veered: I walked in that direction
Utterly absorbed, it seems, in quiet introspection.

For no reason I can think of, I've wandered far astray.
And that is how I got to where I find myself today.

Bill Waterson, "The indispensable Calvin and Hobbes"

cl243@cornell.edu

In my research, I focus on the neural basis of sensory information processing, using olfaction as a model system. I am primarily interested in the relationship between perceptual qualities, as measured by behavioral experiments, and neural activity patterns, as observed electrophysiologically. My present work concerns how the central nervous system neuromodulators acetylcholine and noradrenaline, both of which have been implicated in memory deficits such as those symptomatic of Alzheimer’s disease, influence the representation and storage of olfactory information. This approach necessitates coordinated behavioral and electrophysiological experiments based on predictive theories. I run the Computational Neurophysiology Lab in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. 

CV

Publications

Labhomepage

I teach a class on
Systems and Computational Neuroscience

I teach an introductory class on Computational Neuroscience (BioNB330, Fall semester)

I am the President of the Organization for Computational Neurosciences

Link to the old home-country

I live in Freeville, NY

My family ..