C.V. Starr Professor

Michail Tsodyks

School of Natural Sciences
Theoretical Neuroscience
Natural Sciences

Misha Tsodyks is a leading theoretical neuroscientist whose research has influenced important areas of neurobiology and the development of a quantitative understanding of brain functioning and human cognitive abilities. His work is focused on identifying neural algorithms that define functions of cortical systems and, in recent years, various aspects of cognitive behavior. From demonstrating the importance of sparsity in neural networks to providing deep insights into the mechanisms of short-term synaptic plasticity and working and associative memory, Tsodyks has devised conceptual models that make quantitative testable predictions for experiments. 

Dates at IAS
  • Natural Sciences
L.D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics Ph.D., 1987
Moscow Physical–Technical Institute M.Sc., 1983
Mathematical Neuroscience Prize, Israel Brain Technologies 2017
Chief Editor, Frontiers of Computational Neuroscience 2007–
Morris L. Levinson Biology Prize, Weizmann Institute Scientific Council 1997
Member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Computational Neuroscience 2000–; Neural Networks 1999–2007; and Hippocampus 1999–2003
Memberships: American Society of Neuroscience; Israeli Society of Neuroscience
Columbia University Visiting Professor 2015–; Adjunct Professor 2010–15
Weizmann Institute of Science Professor 2005–; Associate Professor 2000–05; Senior Investigator 1995–2000
Faculty of 1000 Section Head, Theoretical & Computational Neuroscience 2006–
Salk Institute of Biological Studies, San Diego 1994–1995 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Associate
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Racah Institute of Physics 1990–1993 Researcher
The Institute of Higher Nervous Activity & Neurophysiology, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow 1987–1990 Researcher