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Brian E. Derrick, Ph.D.


Phone: (210) 458-5661

Areas of Specialization

» Cognitive neuroscience
» Molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity
» Neuropsychopharmacology

UTSA Neurosciences Institute


Ph.D. in Psychobiology; University of California, Berkeley
B.S. in Psychobiology; University of California, Los Angeles


Research Interests

Dr. Derrick’s lab studies information processing in the hippocampal formation, a limbic structure crucial for encoding and the retrieval of episodic and semantic memory. They are interested in hippocampal function from a dynamical and cognitive/systems approach and are exploring the predictions of current computational theories of brain function using molecular, neurophysiological, neuropharmacological, and behavioral techniques. The lab is specifically interested in the interactions among cortical inputs to the CA3 and CA1 hippocampal regions, and their dynamics during encoding and retrieval in behaving animals.


Training Opportunities

Dr. Derrick’s lab studies both unit activity and local field potentials within the hippocampal formation to study both neuronal and synaptic processes within the hippocampus in awake, behaving animals. The lab employs current pharmacological, behavioral, and imaging techniques in conjunction with electrophysiological techniques to elucidate the relationship between brain activity and specific behaviors.



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