New Associate Director of the Jupiter Life Science Initiative
Dr. Robert Stackman
Effective January 2, 2018 Dr. Bob Stackman has transitioned out of his role as Interim Chair of Psychology and into the role of Associate Director of the Jupiter Life Science Initiative. Bob took on the role of Interim Chair and, under his leadership, much was achieved to prepare the department for a new permanent chair. He is one of the founding members of our Jupiter efforts and will now re-focus his efforts on the JLSI. He looks forward to continuing his research on cellular and circuit mechanisms of long-term memory with his students on the Jupiter campus. He will serve as liaison to Scripps and Max Planck as well as a focal point for our joint graduate programs, Integrative Biology-Neuroscience (IBNS) and the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS). He was recently elected to the IMPRS Steering Committee and Selection Committee. He is also the co-Director of the undergraduate Neuroscience and Behavior Program and will direct the growth of NS&B on the Jupiter campus. Finally, he will facilitate the growth of the Psychology and Biology undergraduate and graduate Programs at Jupiter.
- Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
- Spatial Navigation
- Brain Representations of Space (i.e., place cells and head direction cells)
- Mouse Models of Alzheimer's disease
My lab employs a systems level approach to investigate the brain mechanisms that underlie complex behaviors such as learning, memory and spatial navigation. We use multiple techniques, including neuropharmacological tools and electrophysiological methods, to examine how the brain stores and represents information. Our research focuses on the hippocampal formation, an essential brain structure for memory and navigation. The hippocampal formation is compromised by aging and Alzheimer's disease. One goal of this work is to identify mechanisms that might be useful targets for the development of novel treatments of age-related cognitive decline.