Jonathan Kasdin

Graduate Student

Jonathan Kasdin is a graduate student in the Neurobiology and Behavior PhD program. In 2018 he graduated from Princeton University with a degree in neuroscience. For his undergraduate thesis he worked with Michael Berry, who studies how information is processed in the visual cortex of mice. Jon found that neurons in primary visual cortex display ‘deviance detection’, or an increased response to stimuli which are novel or break a pre-existing rule, demonstrating an ability of a primary sensory area to exhibit higher order processing. In the Gadagkar lab, he hopes to use a combination of experimental neurophysiology and computational modeling to reveal the neural algorithms underlying song learning in zebra finches.