Dr. Behrad Noudoost



Prefrontal control of visual cortical signals


Visual attention is an integral part of our daily life. A network of cortical and subcortical structures are involved in control of visual attention. To date, how these areas interact with each other and the chain of events giving rise to visual attention are still unclear. I will present our findings regarding the neurons and neuromodulators involved in control of visual cortical signals and discuss how these findings help us untangle the neural circuitry of attention.

Brief Bio

Dr. Noudoost received his MD in 2002 from Isfahan University in Iran and then received his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM) in Tehran, Iran. During his PhD he studied the neural basis of object recognition with Dr. Hossein Esteky. Dr. Noudoost conducted his postdoctoral research on neural mechanisms of top-down control of cognitive functions with Dr. Tirin Moore at Stanford University. In 2013, Dr. Noudoost joined the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Montana State University as an Assistant Professor and he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University of Utah. Dr. Noudoost’s research is focused on understanding the neural mechanisms and neuropharmacological basis of cognitive functions such as attention and working memory.