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George Dragoi

George Dragoi, PhD

Faculty Member

Center for Neurocognition and Behavior | Center for Neurocomputation and Machine Intelligence | Center for Neurodevelopment and Plasticity

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Organization of circuits underlying learning, memory, and spatial navigation

Dragoi is interested in the dynamic interplay between externally driven and internally generated internal representations of the external world to understand memory formation and spatial navigation. His research group aims to map the neural circuits and decipher the neuronal codes underlying the formation of these representations across brain development and in adulthood using large-scale high-density electrophysiology and optogenetic stimulation in freely behaving animals and computational analysis. Recently, he revealed the existence of preconfigured cellular assemblies that pre-play in time the spatial sequences occurring during a future novel spatial experience in naive animals.




George Dragoi received his MD from the Gr. T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi, Romania, and his PhD in Behavioral and Neural Science from Rutgers University. He completed his postdoctoral studies at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.