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Mark Laubach Professor Biology

Send email to Mark Laubach
(202) 885-2116
CAS - Biology
Asbury - 300
Office hours are available upon request; I am most often in my lab and lab office: Asbury 300/306
Additional Positions at AU
Director, PhD in Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience
PhD neuroscience, Wake Forest University MA biology, Bryn Mawr College AB biology and chemistry, Lafayette College

I am a neurobiologist interested in goal-directed behavior. My laboratory is focused on the roles of the prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia in executive control and decision making. Core methods include multi-electrode recordings, optogenetics, multivariate statistics, and computational models of neural circuits.
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Computational and Systems Neuroscience Lab
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Spring 2020

  • NEUR-220 The Neuron

  • PSYC-899 Doctoral Dissertation

Fall 2020

  • NEUR-380 Comp Methods Brain/Behav Sci

  • NEUR-497 Honors Capstone I

  • PSYC-899 Doctoral Dissertation

AU Experts

Area of Expertise

neuroscience, prefrontal cortex, multi-electrode recording

Additional Information

Laubach is a neurobiologist interested in how groups of neurons work together to process information. His research focuses on understanding the neuronal circuit basis of decision making, motivation, and self-control. He is especially interested in how decisions are adjusted when outcomes do not match expectations. Laubach's laboratory uses multi-electrode recordings, optogenetics, and computational methods to record brain cell activity and analyze the resulting data. 

For the Media

To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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