Dr. Ramot’s background in behavioral neuroscience and psychology have provided him with a good understanding of animal behavior, and he has substantial experience with high-end imaging technology. The combination of these abilities is indispensable these days for research in systems neuroscience, and he is moving from an impressive doctorate at the Weizmann Institute of Science to new research at the University of California, San Diego, where he will use computational neuroscience approaches as well.
Dr. Ramot is intrigued by the biological processes underlying the remarkable ability of humans (and other animals) to adapt movements in an ever changing environment. At San Diego, as a post-doc in Dr. Takaki Komiyama’s lab, he will use mice to explore the brain mechanisms underlying motor learning processes, especially those that can be relevant to human pathological conditions like Parkinson’s, Huntington, and other motor deficits. The integrative approach that he will develop could be readily applied to different forms of learning to better understand the neural basis of learning and memory at large.
As a graduate student, Dr. Ramot was devoted to establishing state-of-the-art brain clearing and imaging techniques, which he used for his own project, and then went on, at great effort, to make available for the entire Weizmann community.