Larry Abbott is the William Bloor Professor of Theoretical Neuroscience and Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University Medical Center. He is also the Co-Director for the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. His research involves the computational modeling and mathematical analysis of neurons and neural networks. Analytic techniques and computer simulation are used to study how single neurons respond to their many synaptic inputs, how neurons interact to produce functioning neural circuits, and how large populations of neurons represent, store, and process information. Areas of particular interest include spike-timing dependent forms of synaptic plasticity, transformations of sensory encoding in olfaction, and the dynamics of internally generated activity and signal propagation in large neural networks. Dr. Abbott received an NIH Director's Pioneer Award in 2004, the 2010 Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience, and the 2013 First Annual Prize in Mathematical Neuroscience. For further information click here.