Department of Molecular Neuroscience: Description and generation of dendritic morphology, lucid dreaming, human consciousness, protein structure and binding in the nervous system
Dr Ascoli is a professor in the Department of Molecular Neuroscience in the Krasnow Institute of Advanced Studies. He is also the head of the Krasnow Institute's Computational Neuroanatomy Group, a multidisciplinary research team devoted to the study of basic neuroscience.
Dr Ascoli is specifically interested in the description and generation of dendritic morphology, and in its affect on neuronal electrophysiology. In the long term, he seeks to create large-scale, anatomically plausible neural networks to model entire portions of a mammalian brain (such as a hippocampal slice, or a cortical column). Dr Ascoli's interests also involve lucid dreaming, human consciousness, and protein structure and binding in the nervous system.
He has published in the Anatomical Record, the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Neurocomputing, and Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Academy - Biological Sciences.
Ferrante M, Migliore M, Ascoli GA. (2009) Feed-forward inhibition as a buffer of the neuronal input-output relation.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 106(42):18004-9.
Ascoli GA, Brown KM, Calixto E, Card JP, Galvan EJ, Perez-Rosello T, Barrionuevo G.(2009) Quantitative morphometry of electrophysiologically identified CA3b interneurons reveals robust local geometry and distinct cell classes. J Comp Neurol. 515(6):677-95.
Halavi M, Polavaram S, Donohue DE, Hamilton G, Hoyt J, Smith KP, Ascoli GA. (2008) NeuroMorpho.Org implementation of digital neuroscience: dense coverage and integration with the NIF.Neuroinformatics. 6(3):241-52.
In the Media
SCHEV and Dominion Resources Announce
2012 Outstanding Faculty Award Recipients
RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and Dominion Resources are pleased to announce the 12 faculty members from Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities who have been selected as recipients of the 2012 Outstanding Faculty Award (OFA).
“The Council is pleased to once again partner with Dominion Resources to honor these extraordinary educators,” said SCHEV Director Peter Blake. “Each year we are impressed by the diverse accomplishments of these talented professors. The scholarship and dedication of these honorees is a testament to the strength of Virginia’s unique system of higher education.”
“Dominion is proud to have sponsored the Outstanding Faculty Awards since 2005,” said Virginia M. Board, president of the Dominion Foundation and managing director of community affairs for Dominion Resources. “The commitment of these twelve individuals to discovering and sharing knowledge should inspire not only the students in their classrooms, but all Virginians.”
This year marks the 26th anniversary of the statewide awards program, which honors faculty members for excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration, and public service. The 12 recipients were selected from a pool of 125 applications based on accomplishments that strongly reflect the missions of their respective institutions.
2012 Outstanding Faculty Award recipients:
Dr. Giorgio Ascoli
Professor of Neuroscience
George Mason University