Blaine Schneider

Ph.D. 2011


Thesis Title:

Motor timing and temporal perception in the posterior parietal cortex of the Rhesus Macaque

Current Position:

Senior Research Engineer
The Sprectrametics Corporation
Colorado Springs, CO

Undergraduate Institution and Major/Degree:

University of Minnesota, BS, Biomedical Engineering, 2005

Major Advisor(s):

Geoff Ghose, Ph.D.

Research Description:

Primarily interested in the internal representations of timed behaviors. Non-human primates are trained in an eye movement task in which the timing of their eye movements is critical for reward. Electrophysiological recordings are collected from brain regions thought to contribute to the production of these timed eye movements, namely the Lateral Intraparietal Area (LIP). These recordings are then analyzed for timed components that contribute to the animal's behavior.

Lab Rotations:

  • Paul Iaizzo
  • Walter Low
  • Tim Ebner
  • Bin He

Courses Taken Beyond the Core Courses:

  • STAT 5021: Statistical Analysis
  • BMEN 5910: Special Topics in BMEn (BioMEMS)
  • NSC 8217: Systems and Computational Neuroscience
  • BMEN: 8401: New Product Design and Business Development
  • BMEN 8402: New Product Design and Business Development
  • BMEN: 8602: Biomedical Engineering Seminar

Graduate Level Minor:

  • Biomedical Engineering

Conferences Attended and Presentations:

  • Design for Medical Devices Conference - 2005
  • Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting - 2005, 2009, 2010
  • International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems - 2009

Committee Members:

  • Jim Ashe
  • Geoff Ghose (Advisor)
  • Paul Schrater
  • John Soechting (Chair)

Selected Publications:

  • Schneider, B. & Ghose, G. (2012) “Temporal production signals in parietal cortex”. PLOS Biology (*in Press)
  • Schneider, B. & Ghose, G. (2012) “Effects of microstimulation of LIP on motor timing”. Nature (*in Review)

Awards and Honors:

  • NIH-NPCS (Roadmap) Graduate Training Fellowship Recipient (05-07)
  • Admissions Committee Student Representative (08–10)
  • Stark Travel Award Recipient (09)
  • Visual Neuroscience Graduate Training Fellowship Recipient (09-10)

Professional Memberships:

  • Society for Neuroscience

Home Town:

  • Detroit Lakes, MN