The brain is built of an enormous amount of neurons that somehow work together (using even a larger amount of inter-neuron connections) to support the individual’s success and survival. One of the major tasks of the brain is to combine external information picked up by the sensory system which probes the outside world with some form of internal learned information to support appropriate behavior. The understanding of how these processes are achieved is a fundamental goal of the neuroscience community, and although some advances had been made, there are still a lot of mysteries that await unraveling. Limited by past technology, traditional research of the neural mechanism subserving memory and learning has been focusing on studying coding information at the single neuron level. With the advent of multiunit recording which allowed the recording of many neurons simultaneously, new ideas were emerging, pointing to a more communal processing level. Inspired by theoretical work from the computation neuroscience field, recent research highlighted the importance of dynamic activity among ensembles of neurons and across brain regions as a fundamental property that drives and contributes to information processing in the brain, and supports its manifestation in behavior. My lab will follow this path, looking for further evidence to link dynamic neural ensemble activity to memory, learning, and behavior.


M.sc, Ph.D. and Postdoc positions now open

Supported by ISF grant, we seek enthusiastic students with background in mathematics, computer science, Biology or engineering. Follow this link to see the complete ad with the description of available projects.

If interested, shoot me an email to anan at tauex.tau.ac.il

Another article by Ilona is out!!

A beautiful cooperative work by Ilona and Elor showing early abnormalities in basal and taste-evoked firing rates in gustatory cortex neurons of humanized-apoE4 transgenic rats.

Take a look at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0969996121001224

New article published!!

At last! the article titled "Temporally‐precise basolateral amygdala activation is required for the formation of taste memories in gustatory cortex", by Elor Arieli, Ron Gerbi, Mark Shein-Idelson and Anan Moran has been accepted to the Journal of Physiology.

See online pre-publication version here