I am systems neuroscientist, presently a postdoctoral researcher at Duke University in the lab of Miguel Nicolelis. I study sensory coding, plasticity, and neuromodulation in the rat whisker system. My recent paper on basal forebrain dynamics during a tactile discrimination task is here.

We also train rats to discriminate among infrared light sources using a sensory prosthetic device. The initial paper on this work is here. You can find a sample of the media coverage of the paper here. The next paper on the infrared rats should be out in 2015. The results are a bit surprising, so I can't wait to publish them!

My neuroscience site, which focuses a lot on programming as I transition from Matlab to Python, is

My email address is thomson[at]neuro[dot]duke[dot]edu.

Site last updated January 7, 2015