Research Summary

Efficient information encoding in hippocampal neurons

Neurons are thought to hold a central piece in the puzzle on how we learn and store memories. The amazing complexity of these cell types, — complete with their complex structure and the perpetually reorganizing innumerable types of protein molecules that define their function, — however, has impeded progress towards a clear understanding of how they adapt to and store new information. Here, we ask if this complexity is the solution (rather than being the problem), which bestows upon neurons the ability to efficiently encode information through several disparate routes, while also not losing the semblence of their functional identity.