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Bridging the neural circuit and cognition via computational neuroscience

Welcome to the Computational Neuroscience Lab (CNL) at UT Southwestern Medical Center, directed by Wen-hao Zhang. Our lab combines normative theories and biologically plausible neural circuit models to study the principles of neural information processing, in order to answer how perception, cognition, and behavior emerge from neural circuits. 


To conduct this interdisciplinary research, we combine techniques from nonlinear dynamics, Bayesian inference, neural coding, information theory, representation theory, etc. Meanwhile, we collaborate closely with experimental neuroscientists to verify our theories and models.



  • June 5, 2023: a new paper is published in Physics Review E. Congratulations, Min Yan!
    M. Yan, W.H. Zhang, H. Wang, K.Y.M. Wong. Bimodular continuous attractor neural networks with static and moving stimuli, Physics Review E 2023 [Link].

  • Apr. 20, 2023: Welcome Xinruo Yang to visit our lab from the University of Pittsburgh for two months.

  • Mar 2, 2023: our whole department moves to a newly renovated space at J9 located in the south campus which is tailored to computational researchers. We can watch the skyline of downtown Dallas. Welcome to stop by to talk about science and have a cup of coffee.

  • Sept. 14, 2022: three papers are accepted at NeurIPS 2022.

1) Translation-equivariant Representation in Recurrent Networks with a Continuous Manifold of Attractors.

2) Oscillatory Tracking of Continuous Attractor Neural Networks Account for Phase Precession and

    Procession of Hippocampal Place Cells.

3) Adaptation Accelerating Sampling-based Bayesian Inference in Attractor Neural Networks.

  • Sept. 1, 2022: Welcome Xiangyu Ma visit our lab from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

  • July. 1, 2022: Welcome Eryn Sale join our lab!

  • Jan. 26, 2022: new bioRxiv preprint "Sampling-based Bayesian inference in recurrent circuits of stochastic spiking neurons". [Link]

  • Dec. 21, 2021: Hello World! The first news from the brand new website of Zhang's CNL at UT Southwestern.

  • Nov. 1, 2021: The Zhang lab of computational neuroscience (CNL) opened at UT Southwestern.


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