Barry Richmond, M.D. | Senior Investigator and Chief, Section on Neural Coding and Computation
Dr. Richmond graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in 1965, and from Case Western Reserve Medical School with an M.D. in 1971. He did a residency in Pediatrics at University Hospitals of Cleveland from 1971-73, and a residency in Neurology at the Harvard Longwood program (Peter Bent Brigham-Beth Israel-Boston Children's Hospital) from 1973-1976. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology. He joined the Laboratory of Neurobiology in 1976 to study the neurophysiology of the visual system in awake, behaving monkeys. In 1980 he joined the Laboratory of Neuropsychology to set up a program to study how information about visual stimuli is encoded and processed by single neurons and ensembles of neurons. This work led to formation of the Section on Neural Coding and Computation in 1996.
Walter Lerchner, Ph.D. | Staff Scientist
Dr. Lerchner received his PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill, London. Throughout his scientific career, he developed and applied molecular biology techniques for studying the biology and behavior of model organisms. Currently he applies chemogenetic techniques to studying cognitive functions in non-human primates and develops gene induction and silencing techniques for tracing and manipulating neurons during behavior assays.
Mark Eldridge, Ph.D. | Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Eldridge received his Ph.D. in Anatomy (Neuroscience) from the University of Bristol. His research focuses on understanding how the perceptual and reward value systems interact in the formation of visual memory in non-human primates. He uses traditional techniques (e.g. aspiration lesions & pharmacology), combined with the application of modern molecular tools (e.g. chemogenetics) to explore the neural substrates of recognition, categorization and stimulus value assignment in the inferior temporal lobe and inter-connected regions.