The DeYoe Lab is a highly active research laboratory with a variety of ongoing projects headed by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. As part of a larger community of over 40 faculty and students involved in neuroimaging research, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) provides a rich intellectual environment with ample opportunities for training and experience. Our laboratory is also closely allied with the MCW Biophysics Research Institute. This provides extensive expertise and training in magnetic resonance imaging and related sciences. For graduate studies, there are three programs that offer training with somewhat different perspectives: (1) Graduate Neurosciences Training Program, (2) Neuroimaging Graduate Training Program, and (3) Cell Biology and Neurobiology Training Program. If you have a general interest in training in one of these programs, visit that link. If you are particularly interested in the research in the DeYoe lab, read on.
Specific Training in the DeYoe Lab
In our research we seek to understand the fundamental brain processes that are responsible for our ability to see. This includes our capacities for seeing color, for accurately estimating movement, and for seeing the world as three-dimensional. It also includes more complex functions such as our ability to recognize faces. Past research using sub-human primates such as the macaque monkey has shown that there are over 30 different areas of the brain's cerebral cortex that are responsible for these and other visual abilities. In humans, however, only a few of these areas have been positively identified. We are using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI) to explore and chart these areas in the human. In this way, we are creating "maps" of the brain which show where different functions reside. We are also using this approach to understand why damage to one or more of the brain's visual areas can produce selective deficits in, say, color vision without rendering the patient completely blind. An important vision-related function is the ability to pay attention to a particular object or a place in space. Our ultimate goal is to understand how vision works and how it is altered by the observer's focus of attention. In a clinical setting, this will allow for better diagnosis of brain-related vision loss and, someday, may help guide treatment regimes.
Students in the laboratory typically begin their career helping out on ongoing projects in order to obtain the skills necessary to start their own work. This typically entails learning how to design, perform and analyze experiments, and how to use the various hardware and software tools essential to this type of research. Students work closely with Dr. DeYoe, the laboratory staff and other students. Often new students are able to fully participate in the research within a few months and typically will have begun to define their own projects within the first year of training. First authorship on papers from the student's own project is standard with co-authorships on additional collaborative papers. All students receive stipend support as well as support to attend national and international scientific meetings.
If you are interested in research training in our lab, send your resume to:
Edgar DeYoe, PhD
Department of Radiology (Neuro Lab)
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226